In celebration of Multiple Birth Awareness Week, Mrs Robinson tells of how she and her husband Anthony had to fly to South Africa for her two baby girls, Samantha and Sophie.
Raised in America, Mrs Robinson met her Canberra-born husband in Colarado, where they married and started trying for a baby when they decided to move to Perth to be closer to Mr Robinson’s parents.
Upon arrival, they began IVF and after three failed cycles Mrs Robinson was told she had no eggs to conceive a baby.
‘Without a sister or close friend we could ask to donate eggs to us, we were told by Hollywood Health Clinic they have a sister clinic in South Africa we could use,’ she said.
After a month, the couple decided to do just that and started looking at donors.
‘My husband and I were originally looking for someone who looked like me but after being overwhelmed by the choice, we decided to go with someone who stuck out to us ” as I described it ” I would want to be friends with.’
Soon after deciding, the pair travelled to South Africa where two embryos were implanted in Mrs Robinson’s uterus.
‘(Before we left) we went for breakfast with the giraffes and there were two little baby giraffes next to a mumma, and we said that’s a sign, there’s two waiting for us,’ she said.
‘We went for the ultrasound’