A woman desperate to be a mother has welcomed her first child via IVF after deciding to go it alone
Ashley Hughes had hoped to welcome a baby with her partner when she fell pregnant at 21 but sadly she miscarried.
The 28-year-old then went on to suffer two ectopic pregnancies and a further miscarriage, which resulted in her having an operation to remove one of her fallopian tubes.
Discovering she had a low egg count, Ashley began IVF treatment with her partner but the relationship broke down in 2017 and that put an end to that cycle.
She decided to take some time out to regroup and made the decision to continue her quest for a baby with a sperm donor.
She told the Bolton News: “I didn’t want to have to rely on anyone else. I was looking at the possibility of turning 30.
“I have been a mum since I was 21, it’s just that my babies aren’t here, they are in heaven.”
Ashley had therapy to make sure she was in the right headspace to cope with the pressures of parenthood alone and began IVF treatment again in November 2019.
The first round failed, leaving her devastated
Ashley started a second cycle in January 2020 and she fell pregnant.
But her joy was also tinged with the anxiety of her previous losses.
“I always thought something was going to happen, so it wasn’t until she was born that the anxiety went away.”
Her beautiful daughter, Dolly, was born on October 12 2020 at Bolton Royal Hospital.
Now four-months-old, Dolly, will be able to know the details and even meet her biological father when she turns 18.
Ashley concluded: “I hope she does want to know, I will obviously explain everything as she grows up. He is our hero really. Without him, she wouldn’t be here.”
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