Long road to parenthood all worth it for Dan and Steph
THEIR daughter makes their "hearts melt every second of the day".
But the journey to parenthood wasn't an easy one for Hervey Bay My Kitchen Rules winners Dan and Steph Mulheron, who used IVF to conceive their first child after a lengthy fertility battle.
Emmy Mae was born on April 23 at 12.30pm.
Weighing 4.4kg their gorgeous daughter was born completely healthy after a scare left the couple fearful of miscarriage at the beginning of the pregnancy.
Speaking to the Chronicle at the time, Dan said the doctors did a scan and the baby's heartbeat was very, very weak.
"The baby's heartbeat measured only 60 beats per minute and they told us there was a 90% chance that we could lose the baby," Mr Mulheron said.
But things changed for the better when the baby's heartbeat went up to a normal rate of 140 beats per minute.
"We were so excited and after subsequent checks-ups, we were told the baby's health is perfect and there's nothing for us to worry about," he said.
The Mulherons used the City Fertility Centre to conceive their first child.
Speaking to Woman's Day, the couple said winning $250,000 in prize money definitely assisted their dream of having a baby, as they were able to afford several IVF cycles.
The couple had already spent $25,000 on several heartbreaking IVF attempts before falling pregnant with their little girl.
Dr Julie Lindstrom, fertility specialist at the City Fertility Centre and Dan and Steph's doctor, said she was particularly proud of the couple after their challenging journey to pregnancy.
"Like many couples, pregnancy didn't come easily for Dan and Steph but they now have a bouncing baby girl which is a delightful outcome," Dr Lindstrom said.
Steph said she and Dan were thrilled to become parents.
"We are so excited about becoming parents at last," Steph said.
"We can't believe the luck that we have had in recent years, but don't get me wrong, we have worked so hard to get there - 14 to 16 hour days for six months filming MKR, going through IVF and 12 hour days running our restaurant then home to complete cookbooks and other commitments.
"Our belief is when you really want something, if you work hard it might just happen, so give it your best shot."