“NOW we are complete,” smiles new dad Jovan as he hugs his twin baby boys.
It was fourth time lucky for IVF couple Jovan and Julijana Ristov, from New Mill.
The pair waited five years and endured three failed attempts of treatment before hearing those precious few words – you’re pregnant.
Now, as they cherish 16-month-old twins Theodor and Leon at home, they are urging other couples not to give up hope.
Jovan said: “It was an unbelievable experience hearing those words – I’m pregnant. It was brilliant.
“But going through all that was so draining.
“I hate to say we gave up, but it was taking up so much of our lives. It never affected our relationship but it was an emotional rollercoaster.
“My advice is never give up hope.”
The couple – both 37 – underwent treatment at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust’s assisted conception unit in Halifax.
Julijana got pregnant using a more advanced fertility method known as intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), in which sperm is injected directly into the egg.
Jovan, originally from Macedonia, said: “The staff there were always so understanding and reassuring.
“We gave them a lot of grief, not in a bad way, but we got second and third opinions and looked into treatment in France and Italy, too.
“But they were great and I think they were more relieved than us when we got pregnant.
“We have been back there to show them the kids.”
Now the couple feel lucky to be enjoying life with their twins, who were delivered prematurely by Caesarean at 36 weeks.
Senior construction engineer Jovan added: “They are doing well and are very much alive.
“My wife feels complete now. She was always a mother without a kid – but then it happened.
“If our story helps one couple feel better then it will have all being worth it.
“It is draining – but my advice is never give up hope.”