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Brian McFadden has revealed he is planning to become a father for the fourth time as he is expecting another child with his fiancee Danielle Parkinson.
The former Westlife singer, 42, and his PE teacher partner welcomed their daughter Ruby via IVF just 18 months ago and plan to use a fertile egg from the treatment to try again in the next few months.
Explaining that “we’ll probably wait a few more months”, the star described fatherhood as “the most amazing experience of my life”.
‘We’re going to try in a few months’: Brian McFadden, 42, has revealed he’s expecting a fourth child with fiancee Danielle Parkinson as the couple prepare to restart IVF
In addition to youngest daughter Ruby, Brian also shares Molly, 21, and Lily-Sue, 19, with ex-wife Kerry Katona.
He and Danielle were finally able to welcome their first child, Ruby, together after undergoing IVF treatment and suffering two miscarriages in the process.
Speaking on FUBAR radio this week, the singer detailed his plans to become a father for the fourth time, explaining: “Yes, absolutely, we had IVF treatment to have Ruby.
“We had four fertile eggs, the first two implanted and miscarried, Ruby was the third and the fourth is the strongest. We’ll probably wait a few more months and then try the last egg.”
Parents: The couple welcomed daughter Ruby via IVF just 18 months ago
Trying again: “We had four fertile eggs, the first two implanted and they miscarried, Ruby was the third and the fourth is the strongest. We’ll probably wait a few more months and then try this last egg.”
Noting the 19-year age difference between his youngest and eldest daughter, Brian admitted he now has more time to be a hands-on dad – sharing that he ‘missed so much’ of Molly and Lily’s childhood.
‘She is [Ruby] amazing she is amazing obviously i have three girls. But Molly and Lily are twenty one and nineteen and when I had them both I was in Westlife so I didn’t have time.
“Back then we didn’t have Facetime or video calls, so I missed so much of them, their first steps, their first words, I missed so much of that,” he explained.
Doting dad: As well as youngest daughter Ruby, Brian also shares Molly, 21, and Lily-Sue, 19, with ex-wife Kerry Katona
Brian gushed: “It’s just been the most amazing experience of my life and I just wake up every morning so excited to see her.”
He continued: “I see absolutely everything with Ruby, I’m with her almost every day, she comes everywhere and if she doesn’t come I can go on Facetime and I can talk to her and see her.
“It was just the most amazing experience of my life and I just wake up every morning so excited to see her.”
Brian and Danielle welcomed Ruby via emergency caesarean section in May 2021, with the PE teacher previously sharing that if she welcomed another child she would get “all the pain relief”.
Talking to GOOD! last year she explained that the gas and air “don’t touch the sides” and that if she had another child there would be an “epidural” and “all the pain relief”.
Explaining her last birth, she continued: “There was a queue for the theater so I had to go through these contractions which were terrifying. I was in so much pain and was in desperate need of some pain relief.
Family: Brian and Danielle welcomed Ruby via emergency caesarean section in May 2021, with the PE teacher previously sharing that if she welcomed another child she would get ‘all the pain relief’
While focusing on parenting, Brian and Danielle were also trying to get married – with their wedding day being postponed three times.
Brian explained to Fubar Radio: “We were going to get married in South Africa, then the first wave of the pandemic hit so we had to cancel because everyone was locked down. Then everything got canceled and we had to go back into lockdown mode, so we canceled it again.”
He continued: “The third time we were told we could go to South Africa and have the wedding, but South Africa was on the red list so we would all have to go into hotel quarantine over the summer holidays…
“That would be a sexy honeymoon, wouldn’t it? Be in a beautiful vineyard in Africa and then spend two weeks at the Holiday Inn at Gatwick Airport shoving margarita pizzas under the door. No thanks.’
The couple are now due to say yes in 2023, two years later than originally planned.
How does IVF work?
In vitro fertilization, known as IVF, is a medical procedure in which a woman has an already fertilized egg implanted into her womb to become pregnant.
It is used when couples cannot conceive naturally and the sperm and egg are removed from their bodies and combined in a laboratory before the embryo is placed in the woman.
Once the embryo is in the womb, the pregnancy should continue normally.
The procedure can be performed using eggs and sperm from a couple or from donors.
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines recommend that IVF should be offered by the NHS to women under 43 who have been trying to conceive through regular unprotected sex for two years.
People can also pay for IVF privately, which costs an average of £3,348 per cycle, according to figures published in January 2018, and there is no guarantee of success.
The NHS says the success rate for women under 35 is around 29 per cent, with the chance of a successful cycle decreasing with age.
It is estimated that around eight million babies have been born through IVF since the first case, Britain’s Louise Brown, born in 1978.
Chances of success
The success rate of IVF depends on the age of the woman undergoing treatment, as well as the cause of the infertility (if known).
Younger women are more likely to have a successful pregnancy.
IVF is generally not recommended for women over the age of 42, as the chances of a successful pregnancy are thought to be too low.
Between 2014 and 2016, the percentage of IVF treatments that resulted in a live birth was:
29 percent for women under 35
23 percent for women ages 35 to 37
15 percent for women aged 38 to 39
9 percent for women ages 40 to 42
3 percent for women ages 43 to 44
2 percent for women over 44