Beginnings, A Very Special Story
My Beginnings: Children of IVF

Sample graphics from the 36 pages of "My Beginnings" - Scroll Down

Beginnings, A Very Special Story, Mummy and Daddy were all alone

Once upon a time mummy and daddy were all alone: they had no babies to love.
Art work by Maria Stringer


.Beginnings, A Very Special StoryBeginnings, A Very Special Story, All their friends had children

All their friends had babies and children!
Art work by Maria Stringer


Building Blocks ?

"The doctor said that our bodies are made from tiny cells - rather like building blocks:

 Beginnings, A Very Special Story ,Our bodies are made of building blocks
 

 Beginnings, A Very Special Story, The cells of our bodies are very small

They are so small they need a microscope to see them.

 Beginnings, A Very Special Story, They need a microscope to see thm

Inside each cell is a special place called the nucleus - its coloured blue. It's where all the instructions for each cell is kept - it's the boss!

 

Each cell has a job to do - Some cells make teeth, and  hair, skin and blood:

Other cells  make bones, or send messages to make us do things very quickly, like running, jumping, talking and singing; and some cells send chemical messages around the body to do things more slowly.

There are millions and millions of different kinds of cells in our bodies.


 Beginnings, A Very Special Story ,Some cells make babies

And some cells make babies.

But that doesn't always work and we needed some help:
so the doctor sent us to a special hospital.
Graphics by Tim Appleton


 Beginnings, A Very Special Story,The Doctors and scientists who could help

In that hospital were lots of nurse, doctors and scientists
who knew a lot about how babies are made;
they examined us very carefully and said  they would try and help us.


Beginnings: A Very Special StoryBeginnings, In a Dish: graphic from 'A Child is Born'
	 by Lennart Nilsson and Lars Hamberger, with perminssionBeginnings: In vitro fertilization and embryo transfer