Jacinta Schliebs was 19-years-old when she was diagnosed with a disease that significantly damaged her ability to have children.
It was an announcement the Griffith mother said didn’t mean much to her at the time, but, after finding her life partner, saw her turn to In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) for a solution.
In October last year, a joyful and disbelieving Ms Schliebs gave birth to Emmett, the first ever IVF baby born in Wagga’s Reproductive Medicine clinic.
After three miscarriages before her first successful attempt at IVF two years ago, which saw her give birth to daughter Peyton in Griffith, Ms Schliebs said she couldn’t imagine life without her children.
“I’m so lucky to be able to have two beautiful children at all,” she said. “IVF isn’t something women should feel scared about, they should really consider it if they’re struggling.”
Ms Schliebs said the development of the Wagga Reproductive Medicine clinic saved her countless hours of travel, with the closest clinics previously located in Sydney and Melbourne.
Despite success stories such as this, Ms Schliebs said there was still a lot of stigma surrounding IVF.
“There’s such a wide range of reasons why people do it and people don’t seem to want to talk about it very much,” she said
“But Emmett is so amazing and the end result is worth everything you go through.”