She lost 18 children before they were born.
But, unlike with abortion, Angie Baker had no choice in the matter. She could not control her body or choose to save the life of the child growing inside of her.
Like millions of women across the world, Baker suffered multiple miscarriages.
The 40-year-old British mom told the Daily Mail that she still grieves her 18 babies who died in her womb. Baker said she has one miracle baby, her daughter, Raiya, 7, who is alive and well today, and brings her so much joy.
Baker, who lives in East Sussex, said she began trying to get pregnant when she was 20 years old. Being a mother was her top priority, but each pregnancy led to heartbreak after heartbreak. In 13 years, she miscarried 18 unborn babies, according to the report.
“I was working in a nursery and it was hard being around children but I could get pregnant easily enough, so I kept trying,” she said. “It was really hard, especially when friends and family were having babies as I just wished I could have that as well. We did consider adoption but we wanted to keep trying. I don’t know how I found the strength to keep going. I just wouldn’t quit. I was desperate.”
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Eventually, a fertility specialist at the Miscarriage Clinic in London and Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust discovered why Baker’s unborn babies were dying.
According to the report:
Like 15 per cent of women, Angie has high numbers of a subtype of white blood cell, known as ‘natural killer’ (NK) cells, which protect the body from viruses. Because Angie’s NK cells were too aggressive, whenever she became pregnant they mistook the foetus for a foreign body and attacked it.
After undergoing treatment, Baker became pregnant with her daughter Raiya. She said she was afraid throughout the pregnancy that she would lose Raiya, too.
“I did not enjoy being pregnant,” she said. “Right up until I held Raiya, I was in denial. I didn’t want to do anything in case it tempted fate. I didn’t buy a thing. I was too terrified.”
Baker said Raiya was born in 2010, and now is the light of her life.
“I do not take a single day for granted with her,” her mother said. “She is my little miracle. To all the women struggling, I would say, ‘Persevere with your dream, don’t give up.’”
Miscarriages are fairly common, but multiple miscarriages are much more rare. According to the Mail, about one in every 15,000 women will miscarry five or more babies in their lifetime.
Some argue that unborn babies are not really children yet because they die in the womb, but their mothers know that they are valuable human beings. No matter how early a miscarried baby dies, they already are a unique, living human beings with their own DNA. Many of them probably already had heartbeats and growing organs, fingers and toes.
Mothers who miscarry grieve their unborn babies’ deaths because they know their babies were valuable human beings who died too soon.