Baby joy after 27 years of trying

By Michele McPherson of the Bay of Plenty Times -

After 27 years of trying a Te Puke couple in their 40s have the precious baby they were dreaming of.

In 1984 when Sudhanshu Trivedi was 22 and his wife, Dharini, 20, the couple were married in Gujuarat, India, by arranged marriage.

Since then they have been trying to start a family.

The Trivedis emigrated to New Zealand three and a half years ago but returned to India last year to visit family.

While there, they made an appointment with Dr Jitubhai Brajabadi, a fertility doctor who wanted to help the couple have the baby they longed for.

"I only want one chance," the doctor told the couple. "And you can go back to New Zealand."

The IVF treatment was a success and Mrs Trivedi stayed in India for the first four months of her pregnancy, under Dr Brajabadi's care, while Mr Trivedi returned to New Zealand.

When tests revealed the couple's baby was healthy, Mrs Trivedi joined her husband.

"At that time my doctor can say 'my duty is complete'," Mr Trivedi said.

On Wednesday this week baby Ritu was born in Tauranga Hospital, arriving at 2.11pm and weighing 3.185kg.

Beaming from ear to ear, Mr Trivedi said "that's the reason New Zealand is very good for me".

In India it is illegal to find out the sex of a baby during pregnancy but the couple took the opportunity to find out what they were having in New Zealand.

"I am absolutely very happy that she is a girl," Mr Trivedi said.

Ritu's name means season in India, he said. There are three seasons in India - winter, summer and monsoon.

"I am enjoying [Ritu] not only in one season but every day and every year," he said.

Mr Trivedi said his 87-year-old mother in India had been waiting a long time for the couple to have children, as had Mrs Trivedi's parents.

Ten days after Ritu's birth the relatives will gather together in India to celebrate by enjoying some Indian food, Mr Trivedi said.

The couple have been overwhelmed by the support of medical staff in New Zealand.

"Everything's absolutely too much help, I will never forget this kind co-operation," he said.

The couple are enjoying New Zealand. "Zero pollution, zero crime, everybody is very good, helpful. I'm very, very happy," Mr Trivedi said.

- BAY OF PLENTY TIMES

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