The amazing quins born six years apart: Couple celebrate birth of twins conceived through same IVF cycle as three other childrenChildren from same batch of eggs share same auburn hair and blue eyesExperts know no other case
where five siblings have been born at different times from the same
round of fertility treatmentCouple had suffered heartache of three rounds of unsuccessful IVFThey paid for treatment themselves and Mrs Fardelin was soon pregnant
21:32 GMT, 18 July 2012
Becoming the parents of quintuplets takes some getting used to.
Jeanette and Arthur Fardelin have had longer than most. Their fabulous five – all conceived through IVF on the same day – were born six years apart.
The children, all sharing the same auburn hair and blue eyes, have fulfilled the couple's dream of a large happy family. And they have staggered their arrivals beautifully.
Happy family: Mum Jeanette Fardelin with her family including her two new arrivals Lulu, left, and Isaac, right. To Jeanette's right are Matthew, Millie, husband Arthur and Adam
Late editions: New family members Isaac, left, and Lulu, right. The twins were born weighing 7lbs 3ozs and 6lbs 7oz respectively on June 28 this year
First and last: First born Millie, who was born in 2006, poses next to her two new siblings Lulu and Isaac
Millie was the first in 2006, while
Adam, now four, came along two years later. They were followed by
Matthew, now two, and last month twins Isaac and Lulu were born.
say they know of no other case where five siblings have been born at
different times from the same round of fertility treatment.
can't thank the doctors enough for what they have done,' said Mrs
Fardelin, 42. 'We didn't dare dream we would ever have one healthy
child, let alone five, and all from the same batch of eggs. It's truly
The couple married in 1994 and,
after three rounds of unsuccessful IVF, suffered the heartache of
losing a daughter, Hattie, who was still-born at 38 weeks in 2003.
Two years later they embarked on their fourth IVF attempt but hardly dared hope again.
But this batch of embryos would be the bumper crop which has given them the family they so desperately wanted.
They paid for the treatment themselves and Mrs Fardelin was soon pregnant while extra embryos were frozen and stored.
Millie was born in February 2006, weighing a healthy 7lb 11oz.
'We were delighted, over
the moon,' said Mrs Fardelin, who lives with her transport manager
husband, 43, in West Derby, Liverpool.
Proud: This batch of embryos were the bumper crop which has given Jeanette, pictured, and her husband Arthur the family they so desperately wanted
Little smashers: Millie gives her little sister Lulu a kiss. Professor Charles Kingsland, consultant gynaecologist at Liverpool Women's Hospital said the Fardelin family were remarkable
Walking tall: The children, all sharing the same auburn hair and blue eyes, have fulfilled the couple's dream of a large happy family. And they have staggered their arrivals beautifully
Cuddling up: Experts say they know of no other case where five siblings have been born at different times from the same round of fertility treatment
Then, when Millie was 15 months old, staff at Liverpool Women's Hospital agreed they could try for a sibling.
was born in January, 2008, three weeks early, weighing 8lb 12oz. 'We
had a son and a daughter and we were thrilled,' Mrs Fardelin said.
Eighteen months later the couple decided to try for number three.
Matthew was born in February 2010 by Caesarean section, weighing 8lb 9oz.
last year, Mrs Fardelin became pregnant again with Isaac and Lulu. They
were born weighing 7lb 3oz and 6lb 7oz, respectively, on June 28.
'We feel very blessed. At one point I never thought I'd be a mum but here I am,' she said.
'We never think of them as quintuplets though. They are all just brothers and sisters.'
Charles Kingsland, consultant gynaecologist at Liverpool Women's
Hospital and a leading authority on IVF, said the Fardelin family were
'It is an
exceptionally rare event for a woman to have so many embryos frozen and
for them to turn into so many healthy babies. We are all delighted.'