Lydia and Will Stark, from Worcester, were one of four couples chosen for the Birmingham Post's Funded Fertility Treatment for All campaign. Mrs Stark, 29, a retail manager, is expecting the babies in April.

She and her husband, 31, a teacher, married in 2002, and had been considering a future without children after Mrs Stark was diagnosed with endometriosis and blocked fallopian tubes. Mrs Stark said: "Having our treatment has meant everything to us and given us the chance to be parents that we thought we'd never have. We were told that we qualified for NHS funding but so few women actually get funded in any one year that we would probably have to wait for years."

Treatment for two other couples was unsuccessful but the fourth woman has had a positive pregnancy test and will have a scan next week.

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