Midwife Melanie Hemmings always dreamed of having a baby of her own.
As a young woman she was sure she would find ‘the one’ before she was ready to become a mother.
But life had other plans and following an eight year marriage, a divorce, and several years of dating she found herself alone, childless and very broody at 34.
While investigating her options she discovered that she had some major fertility issues and that time was running out.
Today, after undergoing three rounds of IVF, Melanie is a single mother to six-month-old Jasmin, and she couldn’t be more delighted.
Interviewed on This Morning today Melanie told hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield: ‘I remember from the age of 24 thinking: “This is it, I am ready as a woman,”
‘I was married for eight years but I knew he wasn’t the right one to have children with and always assumed that I would meet somebody else after we got divorced.’
‘At the age of 34 I decided to start looking into donor insemination. I wasn’t interested in IVF, and didn’t think I would need it.
‘I didn’t know then that there was a problem with my fertility and still thought that I might meet somebody, I was only 34.’
Unfortunately Melanie didn’t meet anybody and with her biological clock ticking she decided to have a private fertility test to take stock of her options. She was diagnosed with a Follicle-Stimulating Hormone (FSH) problem and doctors at the clinic confirmed that time was running out.
Melanie said: ‘I remember hearing the words “You haven’t got a day to waste.”
‘My blood ran cold and I realised that this might not happen.’
Melanie found an American sperm donor and discovered that she was pregnant on Christmas Eve 2012 following three rounds of IVF.
Her daughter Jasmin was born in September 2013.
TV host Holly, pregnant with her third child and clearly besotted with baby Jasmin during the interview, said: ‘I would have done exactly the same thing.’
Dr Geeta Nargund, a Harley Street fertility specialist appearing on the show with Melanie added: ‘Most women want to have a natural baby. Plan B, for a younger woman, can be to freeze their eggs.
‘But when the clock is ticking faster and it is ‘now or never’ more women are considering donor sperm.
‘There has been a change in society and women today want to have choices’.
Melanie says: ‘You have to be in the right frame of mind. If you think you can do it, which I did, then go for it. You won’t regret it, and you don’t want to go through life thinking “what if?”‘
Source: Daily Mail