Mum donates eggs to help couple after successful IVF journey

A mother-of-one who fell pregnant following IVF treatment has donated her eggs to help another couple realise their dream

Holly Atkinson, 32 and her husband, Mark, 33, conceived their daughter, Mia after an eight year journey to parenthood after suffering a devastating miscarriage at the age of 21.

Holly gave birth to Mia in October 2015 and since then the couple have said they would love a sibling for the four-year-old.

Last year they decided to undergo further treatment using an egg sharing scheme with CARE Fertility, in Manchester

The procedure collected 25 eggs, 12 of which they donated to enable another couple to have a family.

The pair kept 13 and were told that the other couple had been successful, but few other details were given due to patient confidentiality.

Holly, from Lancashire, told the Mirror: “I’m over the moon. Looking at my little girl and knowing I was able to do that for another couple makes me really proud.”

She added that she would love to meet the family in the future but that it was not something she had control over

She said: “It’s completely out of my hands and if it did happen it would have to be for the right reasons for the other family and their child.”

Sadly, a third round of IVF did not work for the couple, but they have one frozen embryo remaining and will be starting treatment again soon.

Holly, who suffers with polycystic ovary syndrome, explained that of the 13 embryos created on two were viable and she is keen to be pregnant again.

She said: “I am desperate to be pregnant again and go through the entire experience all over again as it was brilliant, I loved it.”

How does the CARE Fertility egg sharing scheme work?

CARE Fertility offer the egg sharing scheme as a way to pay for discounted IVF treatment and offer the gift of a child to a woman who, for whatever reason, cannot use her own eggs.

You must meet a set of criteria and according to the clinic’s website, the total cost of an IVF through the egg sharing scheme costs £1.380, saving between £2,265 and £3, 670. If you are a patient at CARE Fertility London the treatment is free of charge.

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