A couple who were about to start IVF treatment after struggling to conceive for two years were stunned when they fell pregnant naturally – with TRIPLETS.
Stephanie Latcham, 27, and partner Michael Gough, 30, from Ferryhill, Durham, were about to start IVF treatment, having suffered two miscarriages.
The couple decided to treat themselves to a much-needed holiday before starting the gruelling first round of treatment.
But they were stunned when they came back from their trip to Mallorca, Spain, to discover Stephanie had conceived three babies naturally.
Stephanie Latcham, 27, and partner Michael Gough, 30, pictured with Stephanie’s son Zach, five, were about to start IVF treatment when they fell pregnant with triplets naturally while on holiday
Stephanie, who has polycycstic ovary syndrome, was gobsmacked when a sonographer told them they had not one but three sacks after the first has split twice naturally, creating identical triplets which occurs only once in every 200 million births.
The ecstatic couple’s family doubled in size when triplets Ollie-Anna, Isabella and Brianna, now four months old, were born happy and healthy on March 30 earlier this year.
They are now sharing their story to give other infertile couples hope.
Stephanie said: ‘We never imagined our baby dream would come true naturally and while we were on holiday.
‘I’d suffered two miscarriages in the past and after being diagnosed with PCOS, I thought the only way for us to have our own baby was through IVF.
The family decided to treat themselves to a much-needed holiday in Mallorca before starting the gruelling round of treatment
Stephanie, who has polycycstic ovary syndrome, was gobsmacked when a sonographer told them they had not one, but three sacks after the first had split twice naturally
Stephanie, pictured during the later stages of her pregnancy, suffered two miscarriages in the past
‘But while on holiday we conceived on September 9 – just one day after Michael proposed.
‘Three weeks after we came home I found out I was pregnant on September 30. We were in such shock, it was incredible!
‘We were about to start our first round of IVF, so to know that we didn’t have to do that after trying for so long gave us a feeling I can hardly describe.
‘The first scan in October showed us baby one, two weeks later baby two and a week after that there was baby three.
‘It was the best feeling in the world knowing I was carrying three miracles after everything we had been through – it finally happened to us.’
Proud mother Stephanie said it was ‘the best feeling in the world knowing I was carrying three miracles after everything we had been through’
Michael, pictured with Stephanie and the triplets, said having three newborns in the space of seven months is both wonderful and scary at the same time
Stephanie admitted life is ‘hectic’ now, but said she and Michael would not have it any other way.
‘We have a good routine in place, they go for feeds every four hours and in those four hours we have to feed, burp, change, play with them and get them to sleep,’ she explained.
‘When all of that is done, we start again! We’re lucky to get an hour out each time for ourselves!’
Michael added: ‘Having three newborns in the space of seven months is both wonderful and scary at the same time.
‘Steph always said that she wanted a “Home Alone” family and after longing for just one child, finally getting three is amazing. We were blessed with these for a reason.’
Now the family’s life is pretty hectic, but Michael and Stephanie said they wouldn’t have it any other way
Babies Ollie-Anna, Isabella and Brianna were born happy and healthy on March 30 earlier this year
Michael and Stephanie had resigned themselves to starting IVF in 2019 as, after two years and two miscarriages, they had been unable to fall pregnant.
Stephanie said: ‘Michael proposed to me whilst we were away, so within a month I was engaged to the love of my life and was about to give what we thought was one little sister or brother to Tyler.
‘Little did we know he was about to have three!’
Michael added: ‘We were told that there is a one in 200 million chance of identical triplets, so we feel incredibly lucky.’
The couple were told there is a one in 200 million chance of identical triplets, so they feel ‘incredibly lucky’. Pictured: babies Ollie-Anna, Isabella and Brianna with Zach
Michael and Stephanie had to get themselves three of everything to ensure they were well equipped for their triplet’s arrival
Stephanie said her son Zach, who is from a previous relationship, loves the triplets and will often help out when they get stressed
Life very quickly changed once the babies were born; Michael picked up the keys to their new house the same day Stephanie went into labour, and they got themselves a seven-seater people carrier to get everyone around.
Not only this, they also had to get themselves three of everything to ensure they were well equipped for their triplets’ arrival.
Stephanie said: ‘My older son Zach (five) loves the triplets, he will often help by bouncing the girls when they get stressed – we also get great support from mine and Michael’s parents, I couldn’t thank them enough.
Michael added: ‘Neither of us have a clue what we’re doing here, but it’s certainly been quite a journey getting our perfect not-so-little family together.’
Ollie-Anna, Isabella and Brianna, dressed in adorable matching pink outfits, are doing very well