BROOKE Morris considers herself one of the luckiest mothers in the world – and with good reason.
After learning she and her husband Peter couldn’t conceive naturally, they turned to Hunter IVF and underwent three egg retrieval procedures, which each resulted in one embryo for transfer.
The Cameron Park family were gifted with four daughters, seven year old Paxton, five year old Mollie and four year old twins Avril and Savannah, who were born 10 weeks premature.
“We believe this is a record for Australia and New Zealand and possibly the world – having four babies from three egg collections and three embryos is pretty much unheard of,” Mrs Morris said.
“I know I’m very fortunate not to have experienced a failed IVF attempt and feel absolutely blessed.
“Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would have four children.
“They’re intelligent, they’re loving, they’re caring and they do me proud. I love saying I’m their mum.”
Research published in The Medical Journal of Australia last June showed women who start the IVF process aged between 30 and 34 have a 43.4 per cent chance of a live birth after just one cycle, compared to those between 40 to 44, who have a 10.7 per cent chance.
“It’s not a shameful thing to need help – there is support out there,” she said.
“All you can do is keep trying and hoping.
“But you’ve got to have a clear head, you can’t go into it thinking ‘This is going to give me a baby’.”
Mrs Morris said while it was unfortunate there was still stigma around IVF, Mother’s Day on Sunday was an opportunity to celebrate all the different journeys women take to become mothers and mother figures.
“It’s the hardest job you’ll ever do but the best and most rewarding job too,” she said.
“I could be having the worst day and to have my girls look up and smile and say ‘It’s going to be okay, we love you’ is an unreal feeling.
“They are my world – I didn’t think kids could consume you so much, but I would do anything for them.”
Mrs Martin said she had always wanted to be a mother, but it wasn’t until her cyclist husband was hit by a car that they decided to press pause on building a house and start their family.
She said she relished being able to be a kid again with her girls – to go on caravan trips, camping, fishing, play in the mud and on swings.
Mrs Morris will spend Sunday with her mother, father and daughters in Werris Creek and said she was looking forward to quality time with her girls.
“I don’t need anything and I don’t want anything else – I just want them to be happy and taken care of.
“For them to crawl into bed with me, put their arms around me and say ‘I love you’ is enough.
“Their presence is enough for me.”