After 15 years of heartbreak and eight miscarriages, Sarah Whitman and her husband Martin have finally experienced baby joy.
Once she has miscarried 4 times, Sarah was diagnosed with antiphospholipid syndrome, where the body’s immune system thinks that the fetus is a foreign body and tries to expel it. Blood clots build up in the placenta and cause a miscarriage.
Her doctor gave her medication to thin the blood in her placenta, but it wasn’t enough to keep her pregnant. Over the next few years the couple lost another four babies.
The couple discussed adoption, but while on holiday in May 2006 decided to have one last try.
“We came home and I felt different,” Sarah remembers, “I knew I was pregnant, but this time instinctively everything just felt right.”
Everything was going well until the 22nd week, when complications threatened to bring on an early labour. To prevent this, she had to stop her medication – at the risk of starving the baby of nutrients.
Their daughter, Maya, was born earlier this year, at 38 weeks gestation weighing a healthy 7lb 1oz. I am sure this couple has many things to be grateful for this holiday season, with baby Maya being tops on that list. SOURCE