A couple who baffled doctors with their fertility problems and almost gave up hope on having children are set for their first Christmas with their miracle triplets.
The pair, who thought they’d never have one let alone three, struggled to conceive for four years before Claire Midwinter, 34, fell pregnant with three girls.
As a last resort Claire and her husband, Matt, 30, both police officers from Swindon, Wiltshire, tried IVF for the second time – after their first attempt was unsuccessful.
Claire Midwinter, 34, and her husband Matt, 30, baffled doctors with their fertility problems and almost gave up hope on having children. They are now set for their first Christmas with their miracle triplets
The pair, who thought they’d never have one baby let alone three, struggled to conceive for four years before Claire fell pregnant with three girls
Above, policewoman Claire holds Ella, Tamara and Aria just weeks after they were born on August 25
And just when the couple started coming to terms with the idea of never having children they were told the amazing news at their seven week scan.
They welcomed their three girls, Ella, Tamara and Aria, on August 25 and just two weeks later, they were home.
The triplets, who are now three-and-half months old, are set to celebrate their first Christmas together and their parents couldn’t be more thrilled.
Claire said: ‘Last Christmas it was just the two of us and now we’re a family of five, it’s crazy.
Happy family: the Midwinters are set to spend their first Christmas with the triplets who are now three-and-a-half months old
After years of not being able to conceive, it wasn’t until the second IVF attempt that Claire fell pregnant with three girls
Daddy’s girls: Matt thought he may never be a father. Above, he holds his three miracle daughters
‘We said last New Year’s Eve I wonder what we’ll be doing this time next year, we never imagined we’d have triplets just a few months later.
‘Even though our lives have been hectic since falling pregnant in January, we wouldn’t have it any other way.
‘The triplets will be four months old on Christmas Day and we’re so excited to have a low key day at home with our family.
‘They are too young to understand what time of year it is but we are all really looking forward to spending it with each other.’
Pinching himself: Matt was thrilled to be a dad after doctors told him and his wife Claire they had ‘unexplainable’ fertility problems
Matt and Claire, both police officers, were told they were expecting triplets in January at their seven week scan
Claire during her two week stay in the hospital after giving birth to the triplets in August
‘Doctors had diagnosed our infertility as unexplained after all the fertility tests we could imagine.
Claire at 19 weeks pregnant can’t stop smiling as her dream of being a mother is almost a reality
‘I’d lost weight and began leading a healthy lifestyle but nothing helped me fall pregnant.
‘There was no other option but to try IVF and thankfully we were eligible for NHS funding.
‘And in January, we got everything we’d ever wanted and more, we were over the moon to see the positive pregnancy test.
‘After having two embryos inserted, we hoped at least one would work, we never imagined one would split and we’d end up with three babies.
‘My pregnancy was great but I experienced everything in extremes as there was three of them.
‘Now at just three-and-a-half months old, the triplets are in a great routine and all sleep and eat at the same time.’
Claire said: ‘There was no other option but to try IVF and thankfully we were eligible for NHS funding. And in January, we got everything we’d ever wanted and more, we were over the moon to see the positive pregnancy test
Sound asleep: Identical twins Ella and Aria shortly after returning home from the hospital
A dream come true: The couple were just coming to terms with the idea of never being parents when their wishes were granted
Tamara, the non-identical twin, was born weighing 4lb 11oz. Identical twin, Ella, weighed 3lb 9 and Aria weighed 4lb 5oz
Claire and Matt never imagined that their baby dreams would come true this time last year.
She said: ‘This Christmas is definitely extra special for us and even though we’ve tried to be sensible, there’s no doubt the triplets will be spoilt.’
Tamara, the non-identical twin, was born weighing 4lb 11. Identical twin, Ella, weighed 3lb 9oz and Aria weighed 4lb 5oz.
Claire said: ‘They’ve all done so well, they were only in hospital for two weeks before they were allowed home.
‘They’ve gone from strength to strength and we couldn’t be more proud.’