“You should never give up hope.” That’s the message 36-year-old Sarah Brennan has for others who are dealing with the sad aftermath of a miscarriage and wondering if they will ever become pregnant again and have a baby.
Brennan, 36, was on the IVF waiting list when she became pregnant and she thought she would never see the day she would give birth to a new baby after suffering 10 miscarriages in the span of 10 years. Brennan and her husband Mark had ten pregnancies, none of which went past 12 weeks — that is, until she gave birth at 33 weeks to daughter Eryn.
The couple, from Wales, never gave up hope of becoming parents despite being told they’d never conceive naturally. But last September, they defied doctors to have Eryn, who was born seven weeks early, weighing just 3lb 11oz.
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Sarah, a project manager, said: ‘We’d just been put on the waiting list for IVF, when I had an inkling I might be pregnant.’
After feeling queasy and exhausted, she decided to take a pregnancy test, which confirmed that she was expecting.
Mark, a technician, said: ‘It was wonderful to find out that Sarah was pregnant, but after so many miscarriages, we could not help but worry.’
Mark said: ‘It may sound strange, but after about six miscarriages, we just got used to it – to being let down every time.’
Everything went smoothly until 29 weeks, when Sarah’s waters broke so early, the doctors did not believe they had gone.
She recalled: ‘I was in a state of panic. But they hooked me up to machines to check her and, thank God, she was OK.’
Sarah spent the next two weeks in hospital, but did not go into labour and decided to go home. She eventually went into labour on September 30 and was booked in for an emergency Caesarean, as the baby was in the breech position.
Sarah said: ‘I was handed Eryn, complete with tubes and wires, and I crumbled with a perfect rush of emotion and love.’
Sarah was discharged from hospital, but Eryn had to stay in neonatal care for three weeks. ‘It was terrifying to leave her,’ she said. ‘We were so happy – I would say to anyone else who is going through the same thing – never give up hope.’