Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Baby joy after eight miscarriages

A BEAUTIFUL daughter has eased the heartache of a couple who suffered eight miscarriages in 15 years.

Sarah and Martin Whitman, of Morris Drive in Banbury, feared they may never become parents after losing eight babies from 1992 to 2006.

However, they finally achieved their dream in January last year when baby Maya was born to them by Caesarean.

And as Maya prepares to celebrate her first birthday, Mr and Mrs Whitman have shared their story with the Banbury Guardian.

Mrs Whitman said: "Maya is our miracle – and after all we went through I feel there is something special about her that made her come here.

"Every child is precious, but to us Maya is even more precious because it took her so long to get here and one day we will tell her that.

"It was great to experience Christmas as parents because it definitely adds more to the day.

"Without children Christmas is just a money-spending exercise and there is no magic to it. We're really enjoying being parents and wouldn't change it for the world."

The couple suffered their first miscarriage in February 1992 at about 12 weeks.

After a fourth miscarriage in 1996, Mrs Whitman was diagnosed with antiphospholipid syndrome, where the body treats a baby as a foreign object and works against it by clotting the blood in the placenta to deprive the foetus of nutrients.

For the full story see this week's Banbury Guardian - on sale Thursday

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