Published Tuesday, 20 March 2012
Sharon Seymour had one baby with the help of IVF. (© UTV)
Sharon Seymour suffered 14 miscarriages and fought to receive IVF treatment and after two cycles she gave birth to her daughter, Aya Mary who is now two.
The 33-year-old also has a six-week-old baby daughter, conceived with the help of fertility drugs.
She believes IVF should be more widely available to women in the region.
"The first IVF failed, so in my eyes every couple should have more than one cycle because the first round isn't always the best round. Your body's not used to it," she told UTV.
"It's a medical condition, in my eyes."
Everybody that wants to be a parent has the right to be a parent and have a family. No ministers should stand in their way.
Women in Northern Ireland are currently only entitled to one cycle of IVF which costs the NHS around £3,500.
Elsewhere in the UK, women can have up to three rounds of the treatment, and Stormont's Health Committee says couples struggling to become pregnant in NI are being discriminated against.
National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidelines recommend that three rounds should be provided and only one in five couples conceive in the first cycle.
A review of those guidelines is expected to be published in July this year, but at Stormont the Health Committee is already calling for Minister Poots to reconsider the provisions in NI.
"Whilst this is less than up to the recommended three cycles, our access criteria offer more women the chance to avail of treatment," said the minister.
Additional funding would be needed to pay for further rounds of IVF and without the extra cash, the criteria would be tightened.
Minister Poots said that action "could severely limit the number of women who could access the service".
When the first round of IVF fails, many women opt to be treated privately for further cycles which cost around £4,000.
"I know a lot of girls that have spent £20,000 to £30,000 on treatment," Sharon told UTV.
She believes no price tag can be put on the opportunity to become a mother.
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