Acknowledgements

Wow – so many people to thank; the following are truly special:

  • James – patience is not usually his virtue but in this instance he did admirably!
  • My mum and dad – what can I say? Thank you for your constant love and support; words will never be enough.
  • Mr Paul Serhal and all the staff at the Centre for Reproductive & Genetic┬áHealth, London (formerly the Assisted Conception Unit at University College Hospital), without whose medical expertise we wouldn’t have our twin stars.
  • Anna and Chris Cleland, for their friendship, support, and ‘meals on wheels’.
  • Daniel Elliott of The London Acupuncture Clinic, Harley Street, London for his flexibility and encouragement.
  • Marie Barnard, midwife, for her genuine concern and reassurance.
  • Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service HQ Management Team, for their tolerance and understanding.
  • Ali’s Chemist, London E1, for such a small gesture that meant so much.
  • The labour ward operating theatre team at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, for their efficiency and professionalism.
  • and last but most definitely not least – to Eros Ramazzotti, for making music that touches the soul, which has comforted me through the bad times and celebrated with me during the good, not only during treatment but for the past twenty years.