FOR the past six years, Gavin and Belinda Scofield felt like there was a hole in their family of two.
But 10 weeks ago on October 7 that hole was filled by a beautiful baby boy, Jack Micheal Scofield.
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And it's all thanks to IVF treatment. Belinda, 30, said she and her husband turned to IVF after years of unsuccessful attempts to conceive naturally.
"We got to the stage where we'd had enough of trying on our own for about two years," she said.
"We tried IVF because I had known of someone who had been through it and the doctor suggested we try the method. We had IVF treatment at the Rockhampton clinic over four years.
"It was so hard to hear of people getting pregnant and having children when you didn't know if you'd ever have that opportunity. During the four years I miscarried a couple of times and it was so hard to talk about that disappointment when you lose a baby. You don't want to have to keep telling people about that loss."
During the IVF process, Belinda had many visits to the clinic, a series of blood tests, ultrasounds and numerous injections to stimulate her ovaries. She said the process was emotional and exhausting but worth it.
"We were very quiet about it and only told family," she said. "I remember when we got the call telling us we were pregnant; I was so excited but so nervous. Jack was our sixth attempt.
"I don't know how many more times we would have gone through it if we didn't get Jack; we were considering adoption. With my treatment I had 30 needles in the space of a couple of weeks to stimulate my ovaries and I had to be very spot on with those injections."
But the uncertainty and suffering is over now and the Rockhampton couple can't wait to have their first Christmas as parents.
"It's going to be a lot more exciting - having a baby brings a family together," Belinda said.
The couple would like to thank the Rockhampton IVF clinic for their support.
30% of patients from Rockhampton IVF clinic are from Rockhampton and Yeppoon.
60% are from further regional areas of CQ.
One in six couples will have trouble conceiving or will take longer than usual to conceive naturally.
People younger than 37 who don't have any major fertility conditions have a 40% IVF success rate.
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