Miller Family looks back on rollercoaster IVF ride
FOURTEEN years trying to make a baby paid off double for Buderim parents Jenny and Graham Miller when they conceived twins in 1998 after successful IVF.
Leith and Jarvis Miller, now 16, were the Sunshine Coast's first IVF babies, conceived with the help of Coastal IVF.
When obstetrician and gynaecologist Paul Stokes opened his Maroochydore practice, Mrs Miller jumped at the chance to try a local practitioner.
"I was nearly 38 and I thought 'I'm not going to go any further than 40 - I'll just enjoy being an aunty'."
Mrs Miller fell pregnant with twins on the first attempt.
When Leith and Jarvis were born 14 weeks premature, the couple didn't panic.
"At the time I didn't think much of it because you know, you've got your babies," Mrs Miller said.
Jarvis had to be resuscitated seven times, Leith had a bleed in her head, and both infants spent 100 days in hospital.
Leith Miller said knowing how hard her mum and dad had to try to bring her into the world made her feel important.
"It feels like it's kind of meant to be. People are born for a purpose and a reason," said the aspiring psychologist, who is also a passionate musician and sportsperson.
"I want to change the world."
Jarvis said he valued finding out how hard his parents tried to bring him and Leith into the world.
"She (Mum) always says how we're a miracle and she's so lucky to have us," he said.
Leith said she admired her father, whose determination and strength were truly impressive.
"When Mum was on a plane on the way to Brisbane (to give birth), Dad was caught in Brisbane traffic but he managed to beat the plane down there," she said.
"He's very determined and strong with Mum and everything, and he cares about her, and I think that's really beautiful."
Mrs Miller said IVF was a rollercoaster of a journey.
"Having such a wonderful outcome has just been the best thing that's ever happened to us," she said.
"It's a rollercoaster though. When you don't conceive your world just crumbles in around you. But you always live in hope that it can happen."
For the Millers and their miracle babies, the reward was worth the wait.