THE delight is plain to see as Paula Shaw cuddles her three-year-old son Harry.
For Harry was the baby Paula and husband Chris thought they would never have.
She underwent the trauma of two miscarriages before finally falling pregnant with Harry.
But, thanks to the staff at the assisted conception unit (ACU) at the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, the couple now have a healthy, happy son.
Now they are planning a big fund-raiser to help the unit and to say “Thanks” for Harry.
Paula, 33, and Chris, 39, of Netherthong are staging a fun day on August Bank Holiday at the Kidzville play gym in Greetland.
There will be a bouncy castle, tombolas and face painting.
The proceeds will be divided between the ACU and the Forget Me Not Trust, which is building a hospice and respite centre in Brackenhall.
Paula, who works as a party organiser at the play gym, said: “Harry is our miracle boy.
“He’s a typical boy, full of beans and into everything.
“If someone had told me five years ago I’d have a healthy, happy little boy I would never have believed them.
“We tried for four years to have a child but without any luck. I was put on fertility drugs and fell pregnant, but had two miscarriages.
“We went to the ACU team and they were wonderful. They put us in the IVF programme and I fell pregnant with Harry, who is now three.
“We tried again with IVF last year, but again I had a miscarriage.
“I am just so grateful for Harry. If it wasn’t for all the help from the team at the Trust, he wouldn’t be here and, for us, he is a little miracle.
“A lot of people don’t like to talk about the IVF process, but it has been everything to us and we want to support it so other families like us can be helped to have their babies.
“The team at the ACU were wonderful with us every step of the way.”
The couple, who met while Paula was just 18, have been together 15 years and married for seven.
Chris works as an engineer.
Both were guests at the annual ACU party, which brings together IVF families from across Huddersfield and Calderdale and through which have met new friends.
Paula said: “The ACU team do a great job and that’s why we want to help them.
“I owe them.”