Woman who had 13 heartbreaking miscarriages shares joy after having baby girl

Woman who had 13 heartbreaking miscarriages shares joy after having baby girl

A woman who went through 13 heartbreaking miscarriages has shared her joy after giving birth to a baby girl.

Laura Worsley tragically lost 11 of her unborn babies in the first trimester and two boys – Graceson and Leo – at 17 and 20 weeks.

The 35-year-old says she doesn't know how she coped and feels she lost years of her life.

Professor Siobhan Quenby found Laura had two conditions which were affecting her ability to have children.

But after pioneering work by the fertility expert she and husband Dave have their daughter who they have named Ivy.

"I look at her and think 'miracles do happen'," Laura, from Kenilworth in Warwickshire, told the BBC.

"I'd read about other people's miracles, and now I've got mine."

The mum added: "Even now, nine months on, I can't believe she's actually mine."


Laura and Dave suffered their first miscarriage in 2008 and said they knew something was wrong when it happened for the third time.

After the fourth miscarriage, the couple were referred to Professor Quenby at University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire's Biomedical Research Unit.

Laura was told she had Antiphospholipid syndrome, a disorder of the immune system which causes increased blood clots and can put pregnant women at an increased risk of having a miscarriage.

She and Dave took part in trials, did tests and took medications in the hope something would work.

It was also discovered after testing Leo's placenta that Laura had Chronic Histiocytic Intervillositis (CHI), thought to make the body fight pregnancy.

Laura said the condition was causing her placenta 'to die' in places.

She took medication to improve the lining of her womb and the couple conceived naturally for the 14th time  – telling themselves it would be their last try.


Laura was given steroids to suppress her immune system and drugs to stop her blood clotting.

And at 30 weeks, Laura's waters broke and little Ivy was delivered by caesarean section, weighing just 1.7lbs.

Ivy was taken straight to intensive care and it was three days before the new parents held her but they say she was a fighter and continued to progress.

At 11 weeks old, Ivy was finally able to go home and now she's nine months old.

Laura's story is being told to give hope to women with her conditions that they could still have successful pregnancies.

The couple raised more than £1,000 by throwing Ivy a baby shower and have donated the funds to the hospital's charity.

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