Helen and Oliver Baker are a married couple from the English city of Southampton in the county of Hampshire, who for a long time could not conceive children. After a year of unsuccessful attempts, the couple began to worry about fertility problems, so they underwent a series of medical tests.
The test results were mixed, so Helen began researching IVF,a method of artificial insemination.In 2008, the woman underwent her first round of IVF, which was unsuccessful, as were the next seven. Helen was twice diagnosed with ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome, a condition in which the ovaries swell and become painful. Helen suffered a miscarriage, an ectopic pregnancy and had to have her fallopian tubes removed.
We are one of the thousands of couples in the UK who were in despair after being told it was not possible to conceive a child naturally. When the doctors told us that IVF was the only option, I put my whole soul into it,” recalls Helen.
To pay for IVF, the couple had to sell their home to pay a £17,500 medical bill. However, after eight unsuccessful rounds of IVF, their efforts were finally able to pay off.
In May 2010, Helen became pregnant during the ninth round of IVF, and in February 2011 she gave birth to a son, Hugo. The couple decided to freeze the unused embryos so they could have a baby again. Seven years later, the mothers again carried out the transfer of embryos left over from the ninth round of IVF, and in August 2018, Helen and her husband became the parents of two children – son Monty and daughter Coco.
Despite the age difference, the two brothers and their sister are considered triplets because they were conceived at the same time using the same batch of eggs and sperm.
Now Hugo is ten years old, and the little ones Monty and Coco are three years old. Helen says there are striking similarities between Monty and Hugo, including the same dark eyes and hair. According to my mom, it’s like a real trip in a time machine.
People say that there is an unbreakable bond between twins and triplets. Of course, there are always similarities between siblings, but their bond is amazing. People tell me that when they see Monty, they feel like they’re looking back when I had my first child. And now Monty is experiencing the same obsession with the Hulk that Hugo had before. It’s like Hugo went through a time machine,” Mom says.
Helen is also surprised how the eldest son gets along with his younger brother and sister. According to the woman, usually children of Hugo’s age are not very friendly with younger children, but the son does an excellent job with the role of an older brother.
I would say that Hugo’s peers are usually annoyed by their younger siblings. However, all three of my children are very close. Hugo goes to the apple cabinet and always pulls out three at once. And the other day Monty fell down and called Hugo, not me. Hugo really helps them a lot,” Helen says.