A couple from Baguio City in the Philippines, who came here for in vitro fertilization was successful in conceiving twins. But with the Philippines recording the second-highest number of COVID-19 cases in Asia, they were reluctant to return to their country to give birth. Now, after an extended stay, they've given birth to a healthy set of twins and are preparing to return home.
Laura and her husband are celebrating the first month anniversary of the birth of their twins.
“We decided to come to Taiwan for IVF because we wanted to have our own babies,” she says.
They arrived in Taiwan in March, and Laura was able to get pregnant via in vitro fertilization. But by then, the pandemic in the Philippines had taken a turn for the worse. They postponed their return home, worried about the risk of infection and eventually gave birth in Taiwan by way of Cesarean section.
“It was because of COVID-19, and we also wanted to deliver our babies here,” says Laura. The plan is to return to the Philippines on January 7.
Doctors say that there is another overseas couple at the hospital also hoping to have their baby here where it’s safe in Taiwan.
There’s a postscript to Laura's story: in the 33rd week of pregnancy, Laura suddenly developed complications, and she went into premature labor three weeks early. She was able to give birth to healthy babies, but the extended stay in Taiwan left them short on cash and unable to return home.
The president of Lee Women's Hospital -- where Laura gave birth -- Dr. Lee Maw-sheng says the hospital has decided to help the couple buy plane tickets back to the Philippines.