A U.K. mother, who lost 13 babies over the course of 10 years, celebrated the birth of her rainbow baby after she tried one more time to have a child.
After so many tragedies, little Ivy was born because her parents refused to give up their dream of starting a family.
With the help of an innovative medical research team, Laura Worsley and her husband Dave, from Kenilworth, were able to get pregnant a 14th time, but this time, it didn’t end in loss.
A woman who suffered 13 miscarriages, is spending her first Christmas as a mum. Under the expert care of our amazing BRU team, Laura took part in world-leading miscarriage research and in March, she discovered she was pregnant again. Baby Ivy was born in November ? pic.twitter.com/rap7QWWjkI
— UHCW NHS Trust (@nhsuhcw) December 25, 2018
The 35-year-old shared her heartbreaking story with BBC News in hopes of inspiring others. Laura said:
“Through my story, I want to give others the hope and strength to carry on even when things seem impossible.”
After Laura had her first miscarriage in 2008, three more soon followed. In search for answers, she went to the University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire’s Biomedical Research Unit to find the cause of her recurring pregnancy loss.
The medical team diagnosed Laura with Antiphospholipid syndrome, which is also called “sticky blood syndrome.” However, following two more miscarriages at 17 weeks and 20 weeks, Laura was diagnosed with a second condition known as Chronic Histiocytic Intervillositis (CHI).
CHI causes the body to reject a pregnancy, so Laura had to take a steroid to strengthen the lining of her uterus.
But the difficult road to motherhood wasn’t over just yet. Laura still had to try one “last time” to conceive.
“[While suffering the miscarriages], we were told a high dose of folic acid might sort it, but it didn’t. We took part in trials, did all the tests and tried different medications, hoping something would work. 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.”
“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 CHI] was causing my placenta to die in places. I wasn’t sure I wanted to try again. But Professor Quenby said she had helped women with this successfully. 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.”
“I told myself, this is the last time I’m doing this. We didn’t really tell anyone [about the 14th pregnancy]. 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. My husband saw Ivy first. He showed me a photo of her when I woke up.”
The steroids strengthened the lining of Laura’s womb to conceive naturally in March 2018. Ivy was born prematurely at 30 weeks on September 12.
Laura and Dave welcomed their miracle baby at just 1 pound, 7 ounces.