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Health & Fitness Scots mum who 'won' IVF baby is donating frozen embryos to give gift of motherhood

15:50  22 march  2020
15:50  22 march  2020 Source:   msn.com

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a little boy holding a baby: Della McGill and Ryan Cunningham suffered the heartache of two ectopic pregnancies before their beloved Callum came along © Daily Record/Collect Della McGill and Ryan Cunningham suffered the heartache of two ectopic pregnancies before their beloved Callum came along

A mum who “won” her IVF baby in a magazine competition feels so blessed that she is donating her two remaining frozen embryos so someone else can experience the joy of becoming a parent.

Della McGill, who will celebrate her first Mother’s Day tomorrow, gave birth to “miracle” baby Callum last July after winning a free round of IVF at the Glasgow Centre for Reproductive Medicine in an online contest.

The 37-year-old and her Northern Irish partner Ryan Cunningham, 39, suffered the heartache of two ectopic pregnancies, years of fertility issues and a failed round of IVF before conceiving their son, who is now eight months.

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Della’s bumpy and traumatic journey to motherhood has made her determined to help other couples who are struggling to have children.

a man and a woman looking at the camera: Della McGill, Ryan Cunningham and little Callum © UGC Della McGill, Ryan Cunningham and little Callum

She said: “For me, Mothering Sunday will be bitter sweet. Yes, I am over the moon to be a mum and tomorrow will be special because I will be spending it with the baby I thought I would never have.

“But I will also be thinking about my friends who are still struggling to have a child.

“I know what it is like trying to avoid the Facebook posts of others with their little ones on Mother’s Day knowing that it might never be you. It’s heartbreaking and I know how awful they will be feeling.

“That’s why we’ve decided to donate the two embryos we still have in the freezer so someone else can hopefully experience the happy ending we have been lucky to be given.”

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Della, who grew up in Broxburn, West Lothian, added: “I had another ectopic pregnancy after Callum was born and had to have my remaining Fallopian tube removed, which means IVF would be our only hope of having another baby.

“Even before this happened, we said if we didn’t have any more naturally then our son was meant to be an only child and our frozen embryos should go to a couple who needed them more.”

It was Ryan, a courier, who won the competition in online fertility magazine IVF Babble which resulted in them becoming first-time parents.

The contest was launched to mark 40 years of the pioneering procedure in collaboration with The Fertility Partnership, which donated a round from each of its eight UK clinics. Callum was the first baby to be born as a result.

a baby sitting on a table: Callum Cunningham is an IVF baby his parents won in an online competition © UGC Callum Cunningham is an IVF baby his parents won in an online competition

Della, who lives with her family in Belfast, said: “We had our first ectopic pregnancy in March 2016, followed by another in January 2017 and I had one of my Fallopian tubes removed.

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“In Northern Ireland you are entitled to one round of IVF on the NHS which we had in June 2018.

"After that failed, we started gathering together the £15,000 we needed to go private then the competition came up.

“We both entered but it was Ryan who won. We nearly missed the email. I had been saying for days, ‘Check your emails’, and I saw a post by IVF Babble that said if the winners didn’t come forward, they would re-draw.

"I told him to search his emails using the search tool and we found the email that said, ‘ Congratulations, you’ve won’.

“It was hard to believe because you hear of competitions but never hear of anyone winning.”

a woman holding a baby: Della McGill gives baby Callum a cuddle © UGC Della McGill gives baby Callum a cuddle

The employment support officer added: “We were able to have all our tests and scans in GCRM Belfast but the egg collection and transferral was done in the Glasgow Clinic.”

Della added: “(Callum) was born at the Ulster Hospital on July 11 and weighed a healthy 7lb12oz.

“He was delivered at 37 weeks and six days. I had gestational diabetes and we knew he was going to be big.

“I ended up having an emergency C-section as I did not dilate past 6cm. I was induced on the Monday at 9am and I didn’t have him until 3am on the Thursday, which is quite a long labour.”

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Della admitted it took a long time for it to sink in that she was a mum. She said: “It was hard to believe at the start.

“I said to Ryan in the hospital, ‘Can you believe he’s ours and we get to take him home?’

a man and a woman sitting on a bench reading a book: The happy family © UGC The happy family

“It took a long time to sink in. It still seems surreal.

“He really is our miracle baby. With only one Fallopian tube and a history of ectopic pregnancy, IVF was our only hope and we feel so lucky to have been given such an incredible gift.

“The staff at GCRM Glasgow were amazing and supported us every step of the way.

“They were delighted when we took Callum over for a visit after he was born.”

She added: “We’ll never hide from Callum where he came from. We will be open and honest.

“That’s part of the reason I’ve been so open – if someone I know was having issues, they know there’s someone they can speak to.

“I’m still a member of an IVF support group.

Sarah Marshall et al. posing for a photo: The happy family visit staff at the Glasgow Centre for Reproductive Medicine © UGC The happy family visit staff at the Glasgow Centre for Reproductive Medicine

“Some people leave when they have a baby but I’ve stayed on so I can be of whatever help I can be for those who are still struggling.”

Today will not only be low key due to the coronavirus crisis but because Della says she doesn’t need special days to remember how lucky she is.

She said: “I’m not the type to over-celebrate stuff for myself – Father’s Day in June will be a different matter.

“For me, every day spent with Callum is Mother’s Day. He is the happiest baby ever and everyone comments on it.

“He has his own wee character. He loves having a laugh and wants to be on his feet all the time.

“He wants to walk before he can stand on his own and run before he can walk.

“I can count on one hand the number of times he has properly cried.

“I think, perhaps, our happiness has rubbed off on him. It’s great that sometimes there is a happy ending and hopefully others will get that fairytale ending too.”

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