THE first IVF baby to be born in the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, has spoken of her experience as the NHS marks its 70th anniversary, today (July 5).

Barry resident, Stacey Niblett, 27 was one of Wales’ first IVF babies born in December1990 - just hours after twins were born in Abergavenny.

Ms Niblett who runs the Mt Fitness gym and Mt Bistro in the Mount Rooms hotel, with her husband-to-be James Eaton, is now a mother to eight-year-old daughter Lily and five-month-old daughter Rose.

Her mum Louise Niblett was 29-years-old when she met her daughter's father Gary.

Ms Niblett said: “My mum couldn’t have children. She had to get married and they sped up the treatment.

“I was the first test-tube baby in the hospital. I was timed to the day and hour, but some twins beat me by a few hours before.”

Lily was born when Ms Niblett was 19.

"I’m the total opposite of my mum. I’m super fertile," she joked.

But Ms Niblett has had reason to heap praise on the NHS which brought her into the world - with the birth of her youngest daughter Rose, recently.

Ms Niblett was diagnosed with Cytomegalovirus (CMV) - a common virus that can infect almost anyone - while she was pregnant with Rose.

Most people don’t know they have the virus which, once infected, is retained in the body for life.

But, while it rarely causes problems in healthy people, a pregnancy or weakened immune system means, CMV is a cause for concern.

She said: “I had CMV and ended up in hospital. I came up in a rash and they did a swab. I had to go in every week and I was being tested all the time.

"I got induced early, but the care was fantastic.

"You should get a receipt for every treatment you have - everyone would know how much the NHS costs.”

l The NHS was founded on July 5, 1948 by the then Minister for Health Anuerin Bevan