Article by Bernadette Wolhuter, Friday May 06 2016
Sharon Gibbs got an early Mother’s Day gift this year. In fact, she got two. The 31-year-old and her husband, Richard, from Westville, welcomes twins into the world last week.
After battling to conceive for two-and-a-half years, the couple turned to in vitro fertilisation (IVF) last year. There were many challenges, said Sharon. “But when I saw my babies, it was all worth it.” she said yesterday.
Sharon suffered high blood pressure during her pregnancy and after a scheduled Doctor’s appointment it was decided the babies- namely Emily Grace and Michael Craig- would be delivered early, at just 32 weeks. The two are still in the neonatal intensive care Unit at Life Westville Hospital, but they are doing well and are expected home soon. “They’re little fighters,” said Sharon. She and Richard were thrilled with there two “perfect little angels” and recommended other parents who were struggling to conceive to try IVF.
They were also full of praise for their Doctor and founder of the Centre for Assisted Reproduction and Endocrinology (Care) Clinic, Dr Anil Ramdeo. “Without Dr Ramdeo, I don’t think I would have had my babies,” said Sharon.
On infertility, Ramdeo said it was important for women to have their ovarian reserves screened before going onto oral contraceptive pills. “They could also consider freezing their eggs, embryos or ovarian tissue for future use, especially if they have no partners,” he said. He also said women should not delay having children if they were planning a family. “On average, we start with 2 million eggs in our mothers’ wombs. This decreases to (between) 500 000 to 650 000 eggs at birth. By age 30, there is only 13% of our ovarian reserve left. At Age 35 there is a rapid decline in the ovarian reserve. This is accompanied by an increasing number of abnormal chromosomes in the eggs as age advances, ” said Ramdeo
PICTURE: Sharon Gibbs with her twins, Michael Craig and Emily Grace at Life Westville Hospital ( photographer: Motshwari Mofokeng)
CREDITS: Daily News, Independent Media