Meet the couple who simply wanted a sibling for their eldest son – and then beat 700,000 to one odds to have two sets of twins in 13 months.
Emma Ingram, 34, and husband Liam, 32, spent six years spending thousands of pounds on infertility treatment after failing to conceive again following the birth of son Mackenzie, now ten.
When a last ditch infertility attempt resulted in twins Maddison and Jaxson, 18 months, the couple were thrilled and believed their family was complete.
But when the babies were just five months old Mrs Ingram discovered she had conceived naturally.
The couple, from Caerphilly, Wales, were stunned when a scan later revealed she was due to give birth to another set of twins.
Cradling Alexa and Sienna, now four months, Mrs Ingram said: ‘If someone had told me ‘next Christmas you will be a mum to five children’ I would have thought they were joking.
‘But my story just shows you never know what little surprises life has in store for you. Our little girls are miracle babies.’
After have a son, the couble wanted to give him a sibling, however two years nothing happened, the couple sought private infertility treatment undergoing four rounds of Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) in a bid to get pregnant.
Mrs Ingram said: ‘The goal of IUI was to increase the number of sperm in the fallopian tubes in the hope it would increase the chance of fertilisation.
‘Each time I had to take drugs to increase my egg production too. Liam and I were so excited as we thought it was bound to work.
‘It was a terrible time because I felt so guilty wanting another baby when I already had Mackenzie. ”
The couple decided to give up and content themselves with one child.
‘But while we were on holiday in Cyprus my mum Katrina persuaded us to have one more go. Incredibly it was successful.’
In June 2016 Mrs Ingram gave birth at 37 weeks to Maddison, 5Ib 14oz, and Jaxson, 5lb 8oz.
‘We were so happy to have the twins. With two boys and a girl we felt our family was complete.’
However, in the New Year 2017 she began to feel unwell.
‘When I told Liam I thought I might be pregnant he was shocked – partly because we’d only had one night away from the children since the twins had been born. We were both stunned when a test proved positive.’
There was a further shock in store when their first seven-week scan revealed once again it was non-identical twins.
She adds: ‘While Liam and I are thrilled to be a family of seven, five children is definitely enough. After having two sets of twins in 13 months we definitely couldn’t risk having any more.’