Meet the Orford baby 10 years in the making

Dogan and Victoria Baylam with baby Leyla

Meet the Orford baby 10 years in the making

First published in News

THIS little bundle of joy has been 10 years in the making for one Orford couple.

Dogan and Victoria Baylam, of Kirkstone Avenue, suffered the pain of two unsuccessful cycles of IVF before saving up for three years to pay £7,000 for another attempt.

The new technique called Eeva (Early Embryo Viability Assessment) at Liverpool Women’s Hospital meant it was third time lucky for the couple who finally welcomed Leyla Eva to the world on January 13 weighing 6lb 3oz.

The couple, who will be marking their 10th wedding anniversary in March, said they still cannot believe they have got their beautiful daughter and she has already been spoilt rotten.

Victoria, aged 31, said: “My nan cried when we told our family the good news and everyone was so pleased for us after 10 years of trying naturally and then the IVF.

“It’s been really overwhelming and I don’t think there’s a way we can thank everyone at the hospital.”

The healthcare assistant at Spire Manchester added it was a nervous wait for her and her husband, who runs his own heating engineer company, after being told by doctors they had a zero per cent chance of conceiving naturally.

Victoria added: “It was devastating when we were told and we were thinking ‘Why is this happening to us?’ “It was so upsetting to hear IVF was our only chance and the first time I miscarried and the second time the eggs didn’t take at all.

“We were told the NHS would fund two goes so then we decided to start saving.

“I thought we were going to fail again and got really obsessive taking a pregnancy test every day for three months.

“It was really nerve-wracking she was going to be taken away from us.”

After an anxious labour where her heart rate had to be monitored throughout, Victoria said it was a massive relief when Leyla Eva was finally born.

She added: “My husband has a big family and I’m very close with mine so it’s always been something we have wanted and we’re so pleased it’s finally happened.”

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