Born without a womb, ovaries and fallopian tubes, Hayley Haynes was told that she would never conceive. But nine years later, she has given birth to her “miracle” twins Avery and Darcey.
Hayley, now 28, was devastated when doctors told her nine years ago that she had XY chromosomes which makes her genetically male and that she would never conceive. Back then she told her childhood friend Sam, who later became her husband: “no man will want me”.
Throughout her puberty, Hayley did not have periods and doctors later discovered that she had no reproductive organs, as a result of a condition called androgen insensitivity syndrome. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Hayley Haynes (left) and husband Sam (right) have taken their twin girls home with them.
2. After giving birth to Avery and Darcey (pictured), Hayley Haynes said: ‘Becoming a mother was the single most amazing moment of my life.’
3. ‘When I held the babies in my arms for the first time, I was overwhelmed,’ said Hayley (left) upon taking her ‘miracle’ babies (pictured) home with her.
Hayley told The Daily Mirror:
When they told me I had no womb, I was so confused I felt sick. My biggest fear was never having children.
Suddenly a huge piece of my life was missing. I felt like half a woman and was embarrassed. How I was going to tell a guy I was genetically male when I started dating?
But in 2007, a new specialist at Royal Derby Hospital found a tiny womb that was missed on previous scans. Hayley said:
It was only a few millimetres, but it was a start. He was optimistic it would grow. I still couldn’t conceive naturally but I could have the option of IVF.
A course of hormone tablets followed, to give Hayley the right levels of progesterone and oestrogen, which would stop her suffering osteoporosis and create an environment for her womb to grow.
4. Avery and Darcey (pictured) were born nine years after Hayley Haynes was told she would never conceive.
5. Hayley (pictured) and her husband used over half their savings for the IVF treatment which led to the birth of Avery and Darcey.
6. And when Hayley went for her six-week scan, it was a shock to discover both eggs had taken and she was expecting non-identical twins Avery and Darcey (pictured).
In 2011, Hayley was told that her womb was ready for IVF. However, she was dealt another blow when she was told that her local NHS trust would not cover it.
Determined not to give in, the couple paid ┬ú10,500 ($15,800), more than half their savings, for IVF treatment and flights to a clinic in Cyprus in April. Hayley said:
I was so nervous. We only had one shot and couldn’t afford to go through it all again. I desperately wanted to be a mother and knew if there were no viable eggs or the implantation wasn’t successful, I’d be distraught.
Doctors told her that she had only a 60 percent chance of pregnancy, so when two tests came back positive, she was ecstatic.
And when Hayley went for her six-week scan, it was a shock to see that both eggs had taken and she was expecting non-identical twins.
7. Doctors said she had 60 percent chance of pregnancy -when tests came back positive she was ecstatic.
8. She said: ‘Becoming a mother was the single most amazing moment of my life. When I held the babies in my arms for the first time, I was overwhelmed’.
I couldn’t believe it. I freaked out, but I was over the moon at the same time. I had the chance to have a complete family.
Sam, Hayley’s husband, also 28, added:
I felt numb with excitement. It was two for the price of one.
Nine years after doctors delivered the crushing news that she would never be a mother, Hayley gave birth to Avery and Darcey. She said:
Becoming a mother was the single most amazing moment of my life. When I held the babies in my arms for the first time, I was overwhelmed.
9. Proud father Sam Haynes with the couple’s beautiful baby twins Avery and Darcey.
10. The couple paid ┬ú10,500 ($15,800) — more than half their savings — for IVF treatment and flights to a clinic in Cyprus.
Doctors explain Androgen insensitivity syndrome (AIS):
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