In the United Kingdom, a woman who suffered eight miscarriages and an ectopic pregnancy has welcomed a healthy son. The 33-year-old mother, Laura Jeyes, told the Daily Mail that she’s speaking out about her experience because she wants to encourage other couples that are struggling with infertility. Jeyes has a condition called endometriosis, which affects approximately two million women in the United Kingdom.
According to the Mayo Clinic, the condition causes tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus, to grow outside the uterus, and up to 50% of women who have the condition struggle with infertility. Some women who suffer from endometriosis have a laparoscopy surgery, which can fix some of the problems related to infertility. Unfortunately, the surgery didn’t work for Jeyes and she went on to have more miscarriages.
She explained, “After a couple of miscarriages I was referred to a gynea consultant for investigations. They did tests and scans and they found I had endometriosis and I had to have a laparoscopy. She added, “They thought the laparoscopy would help, sadly it didn’t. They put me on aspirin and then did further blood tests. When these came back they said I wouldn’t be able to have any children.”
Then between 2006-2010 she had eight miscarriages. Although that was really difficult for her family, Jeyes said she had a strong support system. She explained, “I did cry and shout and ask “why me”. Then I picked myself up with the great support of my family, especially my mum and best friend. I tried to think of the other people in the world who were going through worse than me.”
Finally, Jeyes conceived in 2011 and her baby developed normally. However, as a precaution she had to give up her job and other activities to ensure a healthy pregnancy. She said, “I had to give up my health care assistant job and I also had to stop running. I had a scan every two to three weeks to make sure it was going OK. I was always worried and scared but I knew the doctors where looking after me.”
In April 2012, she delivered a healthy baby boy via caesarean section. She named him Alfie-John. She concluded, “To this day I’m amazed to have him and really lucky to have him. I look at him all the time and think his our little angel.”
Currently, the National Health Service reports that 3.5 million people in the United Kingdom struggle with infertility.