Bourn Hall baby makes mother’s day!

Clare Borrett from Snape has got an extra special reason to celebrate Mother’s Day this Sunday – baby Edward, who was born after six years of trying as a result of IVF treatment at the Bourn Hall fertility clinic in Colchester.

Edward, aged 8 months, will be spending Mother’s Day at home with Mum Clare, Dad Gary and 7-year-old big sister Tabitha.

“We always promised Tabitha that one day she would have a little brother or sister,” says Clare, aged 38, “but it took a bit longer than we expected. I had no problems conceiving Tabitha and so it was a surprise when I couldn’t get pregnant again.”

Tests at Ipswich General Hospital revealed that Clare had endometriosis which she didn’t realise and this may have been the cause of the infertility.  The couple were referred to Bourn Hall Clinic in Colchester, which is part of the world famous Bourn Hall organisation.  Their Colchester clinic opened at the end of 2009 which meant that the Borretts could be treated much closer to home.

Clare and Gary had IVF with ICSI, when the egg is fertilised by direct injection, and blastocyst culture, when the embryo develops for longer in the embryology laboratory before being transferred to the patient. The wider use of blastocyst has helped Bourn Hall to increase success rates.

When Clare found out she was pregnant, after all this time,  she says it was “still a bit of a shock” but they were all really excited.

“It seemed strange to be pregnant again and Tabitha could understand what was happening and came with me to the clinic a few times which made her feel involved.” Edward was born last August and  the family are delighted with their new arrival. “Tabitha loves being a big sister,” beams Clare, “and helps to look after Edward, having a bath with him and sitting with him while I make tea.

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