For almost 20 years, a woman in the U.K. had desperately wanted her own child to complete her family. She has spent a fortune, and worse yet, suffered 18 miscarriages. Finally, she got what she wanted after painfully trying for two decades.
Louise Warneford from Swindon, Wiltshire, had been trying to have children for almost 20 years. She spent 80,000 pounds (approx. US$105,597) on IVF treatments, and had her heart broken 18 times for each miscarriage she experienced.
“It was the toughest time in my life, but it’s so worth it for our dream baby,” Warneford told The Sun.
In 1999, she first met her husband, Mark, and knew he was the right person to start a family with. As her husband had had a vasectomy after having a child in a previous relationship, Warneford had to look for alternate ways to get pregnant.
Through IVF and even using an egg donor, she still lost each of her babies at around 14 weeks, and almost gave up in 2010.
Warneford said, “Each time I got my hopes up and thought that ‘this was it’ and I was going to have the perfect family I’d always wanted—I couldn’t stop crying every time I miscarried.
“It was a complete mystery why my body kept rejecting my baby at just a few weeks, but it was heart-breaking every single time.”
Before the couple turned 50, they decided to try once more. They visited Dr. Hassan Shehata, the founder and director of the Centre for Reproductive Immunology and Pregnancy.
Warneford was finally pregnant, and ended up successfully giving birth via cesarean section in June 2016. Her son, William, is now 18 months old.
Warneford said: “He was born at 37 weeks through a planned c-section because I was told that there was a problem with the placenta. Although I couldn’t enjoy my pregnancy, because I was constantly scared that I was going to lose him, it was completely worth it for my dream baby.”
Finally, Warneford has her own child. “We’re a perfect family now and I finally feel complete,” she said.
After going through so much, Warneford now wants to help others who are in a similar situation.
“We want people to know that it is doable and despite my multiple miscarriages and rounds of IVF, our dream baby was achievable,” she said.
Photo credit: Facebook | Louise Warneford.