A woman told she was likely infertile had embarked on single IVF at age 27 and had given birth to a miracle child – after breaking up with her boyfriend and deciding to do it on her own.
Becky Bell, from Queensland, 27, gave birth to her son Noah, who was born on November 24 and weighed 7 pounds, by herself after embarking on a £8,000 IVF journey.
The single mother’s egg count was checked after separating from her ex-partner in July 2020, and she was told she only had a small reserve of eggs.
Combined with the endometriosis diagnosis she received at age 16, this meant that the shop assistant’s chances of conceiving were so low, she realized she “didn’t have time to wait for the perfect man” to start a family with her.
Becky chose to use donor sperm in an attempt to get pregnant and with the support of her mum Jane, 60, she “couldn’t be happier” with her choice to be a single mother.
Becky Bell, from Queensland, 27, gave birth to her son Noah, who was born on November 24 and weighed 7 pounds, pictured, by herself after embarking on her £8,000 IVF journey.
Becky was told that her chances of conceiving were very low and she didn’t want to wait to find the perfect partner to try for a baby. Pictured: Noah
Opening up about her story, the single mother said: “It was a great thing to see for the first time.
“The nose is definitely the donor, but it’s grouchy. It’s the cutest little kid.”
I just got out of a relationship so I knew I wouldn’t be able to meet someone new and was instructed to try for a baby that fast.
Therefore, I decided to do it myself and do it on my own. I’ve always wanted to be a mother. It’s good and baby content.
Becky, pictured during pregnancy, suffers from endometriosis, which makes it difficult for some women to get pregnant. Combined with the low number of eggs, I thought she was infertile
After separating from her partner in July 2020, Becky went for tests to check her fertility and egg reserves.
But the results showed she had “a very low number of eggs” and she was advised that she needed to try for a baby in the next few years.
Becky was diagnosed with endometriosis when she was 16, a painful condition in which tissue resembling the uterine wall grows outside the uterus.
This condition makes it difficult for women who suffer from it to get pregnant, and to integrate her low egg count, which means Becky has had little time to try for a baby.
In August 2020, just a month after testing, she decided to proceed with IVF with a sperm donor to give her the best chance of being a mother.
The cheerful single mother, pictured with her son, said she does not regret the IVF procedure herself.
Becky said that Nah is a “contented” baby and that he looks like her, apart from his nose, which he takes from a sperm donor.
“I was really shocked by the news, but I knew I needed to try for a baby now,” she said.
“I didn’t have time to wait for my perfect man.”
Becky chose a donor from their profile and asked her family to help narrow her scope.
“I chose someone who looks like me,” she said.
“But the decision maker was the reason why the donor did it because he had a friend who also had endometriosis like me.”
In March 2021, her eggs were transferred from Becky.
“It was a nervous wait,” she said.
What is endometriosis? How the disorder leads to pelvic pain and internal scarring
Endometriosis is often a painful disorder in which tissue similar to the lining of the uterus – the lining of the uterus – grows outside the uterus.
It most commonly affects the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and the tissues lining the pelvis.
A major symptom of endometriosis is pelvic pain, although many women experience cramps during their menstrual cycle.
Symptoms also include painful periods, pain during intercourse, pain with bowel movements or urination, inflammation, excessive bleeding and infertility.
Often misdiagnosed, many women discover they have this condition only during infertility treatment.
About half of women with endometriosis have difficulty conceiving.
While studies of the relationship between endometriosis and miscarriage are still ongoing, recent research suggests that the condition could leave women with it more likely to miscarry.
Source: Mayo Clinic
My friends convinced me to take a test four days later and there was a very faint streak, so I kept taking two tests a day from then on.
“But it took a long time to actually sink in.”
But when Becky’s bump started to grow, it all got so surreal.
“It was crazy being pregnant,” Becky said, adding, “I loved feeling his move.
I was nervous being a new mom but not a single mom.
“I just want to be the best possible mother for him.”
Becky’s water broke on November 23 and she started having contractions.
She went to Gold Coast University Hospital and had to have it when her little one’s heart rate started dropping.
Becky, who gave birth to Noah, with mum Jane, 60, at her side, said she relies on her family to help raise the baby
After more than 31 hours of labor, her baby boy, whom she named Noah, was born on November 24 at 8.02 a.m. and weighed 7 pounds with her mother, Jane, 60, and friend Alicia, 30.
They had to suck it up and wrap a rope around it,” Becky said.
They put him on me but he didn’t cry yet. Then they pulled him away from me and he started crying which is what comforts me.
“I was nervous to see him but he was such a handsome kid.”
Becky came home with Noah the next day and said her mother stayed with her to help.
“It feels natural to be a mother,” Becky said. I kept looking at him and thinking “How are you doing to me?”
I don’t regret doing this on my own at all. He is the best.’
The single mom said she wanted to be the best dad possible to Noah, pictured, and added that being a mom seemed natural to her.