A Family with IVF Triplets: ‘I had no idea what coping with triplets was really going to be like’


Their reaction to the news that they were having triplets and the realities of life with three babies.

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Producer: Alexa McWhinnie
Year Produced: 2001
Running time: 19 minutes
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In both of these families with children from IVF, the parents are the biological / genetic parents. One family has one child; the other has triplets. Both partnerships had experienced infertility over many years, followed by the tensions and dramas of attendance at an infertility clinic and then the particular tensions of an IVF programme, where the woman is the primary focus of the treatment and the man plays a supportive but secondary role.
The hopes and disappointments on such a programme are documented in the literature and, although referred to, are not the main focus of these videos which were made when they had achieved their much-wanted baby. Had it all been plain sailing since then? The second couple had IVF triplets after years of infertility, then four and a half years later, they had a spontaneous pregnancy. Discussion centres around: their reaction to learning they were pregnant but also finding they were having triplets; the realities of life with three babies, involving a sudden change from an adult-orientated lifestyle where they had both worked; the practical issues of the physical care of three children all at the same developmental stage;  housing; costs of care and the social isolation involved are all discussed, together with the need for a supportive family and social network.
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