Woman who suffered 18 miscarriages over two decades finally becomes a mother

'I finally feel complete'

Sarah Young
Thursday 19 October 2017 16:32
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A woman who suffered 18 miscarriages and spent £80,000 on IVF has at last achieved her dream of becoming a mum at the age of 48.

Lauren Warneford, from Swindon, and her husband Mark, 55, had been trying for a baby for over 16 years before a specialist finally discovered the reason her pregnancies were ending prematurely.

Diagnosed with ‘killer cells’ that were destroying embryos at just a few weeks old, the couple made the devastating decision to give up trying in 2010.

She explained that very time she got pregnant, she ended up losing the baby at around the 14-week scan mark. She would repeatedly get her hopes up only to have them dashed.

“I couldn't stop crying every time I miscarried. I couldn’t go through the turmoil anymore,” she said.

But five years later Warneford knew she had to give herself one last chance and underwent embryo donation in the Czech Republic in 2015.

Incredibly, the couple conceived and gave birth to their son, William, at 37 weeks in June last year by c-section – 18 years after first trying for a baby.

Despite being mistaken for William’s grandparents on occasion, the happy couple say that they are delighted to finally have a child of their own.

The couple suffered 18 miscarriages and spent £80k, but they say it was all worth it.

“I’m not the spring chicken that I used to be and it does take me a while to chase him around the floor but it's worth it," she said.

“We're a perfect family now and I finally feel complete.”

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