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'It's mad they were made on the same day'

Twins’ Marvin and Megan Moore were conceived at the same time but born 20 months year apart. Their mum Kim explains how IVF allowed her and husband Simon become the proud parents of the fun duo

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Kim and Simon Moore with Megan and Marvin.

Kim and Simon Moore with Megan and Marvin.

Kim and Simon Moore with Megan and Marvin.

Taking the first step inside the doors of a fertility clinic can feel like jumping off a cliff with the prospect of financial stress and broken dreams ahead — or a little bundle of joy and cuteness.

Kim Moore is a general nurse who lives in Greystones, Co Wicklow, and works in the Beacon Hospital in Dublin, and says she found two aspects of IVF completely caught her by surprise.

“Once you go inside the clinic, it just felt right but I couldn’t believe how many people were in the waiting room, pre-Covid of course,” she recalls.

“It just made me realise we weren’t alone in the process. That was from straight away, which actually put me at ease and obviously all the doctors and the staff were lovely.

“The waiting room was just full of different people from all walks of life. We were in the same predicament as so many others and that was a comfort.”

Already mum to Marvin (3) and Megan (2), now Kim is trying again to complete the family picture she has in her head — three tots.

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Kim and Simon Moore with Megan and Marvin

Kim and Simon Moore with Megan and Marvin

Kim and Simon Moore with Megan and Marvin

She laughs and says: “We are back on that rollercoaster. Something else that caught me by surprise was how much I hated needles and injections. I am a general nurse, but I couldn’t give myself an injection.

“So, I had friends who were nurses on standby and the clinic even said they could get my husband to do it and I was like, ‘There’s no way he’s going near me with a needle!’

“I think I was just picturing the end 5of it, my baby, and so I just got through it and it’s not as bad as what you have in your head.”

One of the distressing consequences of fertility problems is that friends and family often just don’t have the right words.

“People just don’t know what to say. It’s kind of like the same way as when miscarriages aren’t spoken about — people are a bit stunned. We got married in 2015 and hoped for a baby but nothing happened.

“We got checked and the news wasn’t good. We were blessed to go through the process very quickly because we got a lot of eggs.

“We had knock-backs but we had a frozen embryo transfer and two took, but we lost one at eight or nine weeks. I still don’t know how we digested that, deep down I just had to focus on keeping our little man safely delivered.”

Everything went well and both Kim’s kids were born thanks to IVF.

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“Megan is a Covid baby because she has spent so much of her life in lockdowns,” she says.

“We’re starting on our third cycle and it’s going to be a full cycle of egg collection. This time I’m really going to document it on my Instagram page and journal — it’s as much for me and as much to educate others and even just for my children in the future.

“Of course it’s going to be hard, I know that, but the first time I did it I knew so little. Now I have the knowledge.

“I’m very proud of where they came from and I just think it’s an absolute miracle that we have science that’s able to help us do this.

“The kids are our everything,” beams Kim. “They’re the best of friends and the worst of friends. They’re so similar it’s bizarre. They have a great bond too.

“Simon always puts it down to the fact that they were conceived at the same time. Obviously we implanted Megan at a later stage, but he’s really convinced that it’s because they were conceived at the same time they’re so similar.

“It’s mad to think they were created on the same day and became ‘frosties’ together. They are proof dreams come true.”

It could be argued the children are technically fraternal twinsies — just born a few years apart. Kim says: “We laugh at how alike they are.”

She adds: “Marvin loves to push Megan around in the trike but half the time he ends up back in the trike and she pushes him around. I think she’s going to be the boss in the family!”

The Ticking Clock is a fertility series which celebrates the miracle of modern medicine with touching real-life stories, video content and expert advice online and in print each week. Watch Kim tell her story of hope on sundayworld.com and sims.ie. You can also follow her latest IVF journey on Instagram @mooreivfmum

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