After 13 Heartbreaking Miscarriages, Woman Gives Birth To A Beautiful Baby Girl

After 13 Heartbreaking Miscarriages, Woman Gives Birth To A Beautiful Baby Girl

Due to two serious conditions, none of Laura Worsley's pregnancies were successful. But thanks to Professor Quenby - a pioneering fertility expert - the mother exclaimed, "I can't believe she's actually mine."

After coping with 13 tragic pregnancies that ended in miscarriages, Laura Worsley finally gave birth to a joyful baby girl BBC News reports. Prior to this, eleven of Worsley's pregnancies came to an end in the first trimester, while she lost two boys at 17 and 20 weeks. Now, the mother of the newborn cannot believe that she finally has finally found a part of her life that was missing. "Even now, nine months on, I can't believe she's actually mine," said the 35-year-old. 


This whole thing was made possible by Professor Siobhan Quenby, a fertility expert's pioneering work. She was able to discover two conditions that made Worsely unable to have a child. And with the help of Professor Quenby and her team, Mrs. Worsley and her husband were able to get pregnant for the 14th time and gave birth to a beautiful daughter named Ivy. According to a report by BBC News, the couple first suffered a miscarriage in 2008 and when the same happened for the third time they knew that something was wrong. 


While their doctors advised them to keep trying despite the unsuccessful attempts, it was after the fourth heartbreak that they were referred to Professor Quenby who worked at the University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire's Biomedical Research Unit. After running several tests, the expert discovered that Worsley had "sticky blood syndrome" or Antiphospholipid syndrome which was a major reason behind her recurring pregnancy loss. 


"We were told a high dose of folic acid might sort it, but it didn't," said Mrs. Worsley, whose pregnancies did not last more than a few weeks. With the hope that something would work, the couple tried several procedures but nothing seemed to work. "We took part in trials, did all the tests and tried different medications, hoping something would work," she said. Amidst the treatment, there were two pregnancies that did go beyond the 12-week stage but unfortunately came to a tragic end in 2015 and 2017 of their sons Graceson and Leo. 


Expressing her sadness and turmoil Worsley said, "I don't know how I coped, to be honest. Dave stayed strong for me but when we lost the boys, he really struggled with that." She also added, "It was all I lived for - I lost years of my life. I just thought, if I can't have a baby I don't see a point in my life." The team of experts then tested the placenta of Leo and found that in addition to Antiphospholipid syndrome Laura also had Chronic Histiocytic Intervillositis (CHI), which makes the body fight pregnancy.


"It was causing my placenta to die in places," said Worsley. After this revelation, she was hesitant about trying to get pregnant once again. "I wasn't sure I wanted to try again. But Professor Quenby said she had helped women with this successfully," she said. "I thought if there's that one bit of hope, I had to try again. I spoke to Dave about it and he felt the same." After making up her mind she decided to go through it once last time. "I told myself, this is the last time I'm doing this."


According to reports Worsley was given medications in order to improve the lining of Laura's womb, after which the couple conceived for the 14th time. Explaining the procedure Professor Quenby said how they used steroids to suppress Laura's immune system and allow her pregnancy to go beyond 24 weeks after which infants have a good chance of surviving. The drugs helped by stopping her blood from clotting. "The steroids do have side effects. But we both decided it was worth one more go," said Quenby.


"We didn't really tell anyone. It was the hardest thing to keep in but the hardest thing to share. I just kept thinking if we tell people, we're going to jinx it," said a hopeful mother. Finally, on the 30th week of her pregnancy, her water broke when she was at home. After performing a cesarean section Ivy was born and just weighed 1.7 lbs and was rushed to a neonatal incubator in intensive care. "My husband saw her first. He showed me a photo of her when I woke up," she said.


Three days after her birth the parents were allowed to meet their daughter. "I just thought, she's a fighter. She just kept going forward all the time, she never went back," said the mother who was warned about her daughter developing sepsis.  "I was delighted she was here but I just couldn't bear to see her until I knew she was ok. I'd ask the nurses to go and see her for me but I was too scared," said Professor Quenby who didn't dare to visit Ivy for two months. After staying in the hospital for 11 weeks Ivy had fully recovered and was allowed to be taken home.


Now, nine months old Ivy's story is being used as an example of how women with conditions similar to Worsley can indeed have a successful pregnancy. "I look at her and think 'miracles do happen'. I'd read about other people's miracles, and now I've got mine, said Worsley. "Laura's case is benefitting people across the world. Many in her situation would have given up, but she just kept going," said Professor Quenby. Parents of little Ivy held a baby shower where they were able to raise more than  £1,000 for a hospital's charity. Worsley who continues to raise money through a JustGiving page said, "It's so important to be able to make a difference for anyone else going through what I went through."


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