A South Yorkshire woman who feared she would never be a mum has opened her first Mother’s Day card.
Verity Brookes, aged 36, battled for four years to have a baby with husband Joshua, 35.
The couple underwent a series of hospital tests to establish why they could not conceive but it could not be explained and they endured heartbreak month after month.
But in November 2013 the couple, from Royston, Barnsley, visited Care Fertility in Nether Edge, Sheffield, and were offered IVF.
It worked at the first attempt and their longed-for son, Oliver Edward Samuel Brookes, was born on January 22.
Verity, a children’s occupational therapist, said: “We tried for about four years in total but were unable to conceive and despite all the tests it was just put down to unexplained infertility.
“It was a very stressful time for us as we really wanted a baby, so going to Care was the best thing we ever did. know we are very lucky and to have Oliver here with us makes everything we have been through so worth it.
“I hope Oliver shows other couples experiencing infertility that there is hope and I would say don’t be scared to go and have tests and investigate IVF because Oliver is proof that it really is worth it.”
She said she and Joshua, a social worker, were in shock when the pregnancy test she took after their first round of IVF was positive.
“We did a test at home and when it came back positive we did another one because we couldn’t quite believe it – it was absolutely fantastic, we were so happy,” she said.
“I am looking forward to my first ever Mother’s Day...I know Joshua has some kind of a surprise up his sleeve but just having Oliver here is all I need.”
Care was founded in 1997 to provide fertility services to private and NHS patients and is now one of the UK’s leading independent providers of assisted conception cycles, around 3,500 annually.