There are happy times ahead

NORTH Rockhampton bubs Jayden and Matthew Burrows may look like your average babies at first glance.

In fact, on closer inspection, they're as normal as you get. But there's something different about these three-week-olds that no-one could pick by looking.

Jayden and Matthew are testtube babies.

They were made with love in a dish and after years of trying to start a family, parents Jeffrey and Louise couldn't be happier.

"This is a special, new beginning for us,'' Mrs Burrows said. "It was worth every cent,'' Mr Burrows said.

The couple had been trying to start a family for the past three years without success and had even considered adoption.

After discovering that Mr Burrows, 36, had an infertility problem, they turned to in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) with Monash IVF Rockhampton.

Mrs Burrows, 34, said while the process was "full on,'' expensive and involved her injecting herself at times, she wouldn't change a thing. The treatment cost about $5000. "Without the treatment, we wouldn't have had these two,'' she said smiling.

While the non-identical twins were born more than five weeks premature, they were now healthy ? with Jayden weighing in at 2425g and Matthew weighing 2525g.

The boys are Monash IVF Rockhampton's 11th and 12th success stories.

Mr Burrows said they were lucky to have success first try. The pair have no plans for any more children.

Mr Burrows, a produce worker at Woolworths and a keen fisherman, said he hoped his boys would grow up to be his fishing mates.

The pair, who have been married for five years, both agreed having children had brought them closer together.

"We had happy times before, but now there's even happier times ahead.



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