A mother gave birth to a miracle baby after eight miscarriages, falling pregnant just days before her husband had a vasectomy.
Rachael Bosworth, 38, tried to start her family for almost a decade but never gave up hope she would finally have a child with her husband Ian.
A month after the 47-year-old had arranged the to have ‘the chop’ with his GP, Mrs Bosworth discovered she was pregnant again.
But the sales director, from Bramley, Hampshire, was so disheartened by her years of heartache, she at first refused to do a pregnancy test.
A scan at six weeks revealed she was still pregnant, giving the couple hope – and Ellis was born on January 2, 2017.
Ellis was born on January 2, 2017 after his parents, Rachael and Ian Bosworth, had been trying for a baby for almost a decade, suffering eight miscarriages
Doctors are still unsure why Mrs Bosworth was unable to keep a pregnancy for so long. Pictured, while pregnant with Ellis
Ellis, now two-years-old, was the couple’s ‘miracle baby’ (pictured recently)
Two weeks later, Mr Bosworth had his vasectomy.
Doctors are still unsure as to why Mrs Bosworth had so much difficulty keeping a pregnancy further than six weeks before Ellis.
Mrs Bosworth said: ‘We had a fantastic marriage but the only thing which was missing was a child.
‘It was my issue and I was going through the trauma. He [Mr Bosworth] told me he couldn’t watch me go through it as it was making him feel physically sick.
The couple had been trying for a baby since they got married in 2007.
Mr Bosworth, an IT consultant, already had two teenage boys from a previous relationship, now aged 21 and 14.
Two years into their marriage Mrs Bosworth became pregnant but had a miscarriage twice in quick succession.
She went to her GP who said miscarriages were extremely common and they’d only run tests after a third, which happened in January 2011.
Mrs Bosworth said: ‘There was a lot of bleeding but I didn’t know if this was a normal part of being pregnant.
‘I phoned the labour hotline and they told me to go straight to A&E. I was devastated but I thought when the time was right I’d become a parent.
‘It was a bit of a silver lining when I fell pregnant the third time as I thought I’d finally find out what was wrong with me.’
She was referred to Basingstoke Hospital for full blood tests, but they came back as normal and she was then sent to St Mary’s Hospital in London.
Mr Bosworth picked up a leaflet for a vasectomy from his GP – and a month later Mrs Bosworth found she was pregnant for a ninth time. Pictured, with their scan
Mrs Bosworth heard the sound of a baby’s heartbeat in her body for the first time when she was pregnant with Ellis
AT LEAST ONE IN SIX PREGNANCIES END IN MISCARRIAGE
An estimated one in four pregnancies end in miscarriage (one in five if we only count women who realised/reported the miscarriage) .
Miscarriage is a when a baby dies within the first 23 weeks of a woman’s pregnancy.
The main symptoms are bleeding from the vagina, which may be accompanied by lower abdominal pain.
There are various reasons women may have a miscarriage – it is common and is not usually caused by something they have done.
If a miscarriage happens in the second trimester – between weeks 14 and 26 – it may be a sign of an underlying problem.
Often, miscarriages are one-off events and women will go on to have successful pregnancies.
The majority of miscarriages can’t be prevented, although being generally healthy will help reduce the risk.
Losing three or more pregnancies in a row – known as recurrent miscarriages – is uncommon but still affects around one in 100 women.
Scans revealed she had a misshapen womb and surgeons operated to remove a thin layer of cells around the uterus – called a septum removal operation.
The operation is usually considered for women who have a septate uterus and repeated pregnancy complications.
Doctors told her to wait three months before trying for a baby again – and she suffered a fifth and sixth marriage before going back for more tests.
Mrs Bosworth said: ‘Nobody at St Mary’s could explain what was wrong with me. I’d had every test under the sun and even had an operation on my womb.
The sixth miscarriage was the worst for Mrs Bosworth.
She said: ‘Six times of having my hopes up and taken away in the same way was terrible. I became depressed after that.’
Meanwhile, the pair welcomed several nieces and nephews – but were no closer to a family of their own.
Mrs Bosworth said: ‘It was becoming very difficult at this point. Ian had already done the parenting with his two other sons.
‘So the onus was on me as to whether we kept trying, and I just wanted to carry on. He didn’t have my ache.
‘I just wanted to know what was wrong with me; whether it could be fixed or if I was just unable to have kids.’
The couple had also asked a doctor about IVF, but weren’t eligible because they were still able to physically get pregnant.
‘I would find out I was pregnant and then just wait for the blood to come through my underwear,’ Mrs Boworth said.
The couple welcomed several nieces and nephews – but were no closer to a family of their own, sending Mrs Bosworth into depression. Pictured together
Mrs Bosworth had surgery for a mishapen womb before her fifth miscarriage, and picture shows bruises left by injections she’d had to unsuccessfully prevent her eighth miscarriage
Mrs Bosworth said: ‘I just still can’t believe he’s actually here and he’s a real little person’
Mrs Bosworth had her seventh and then eighth and final miscarriage in January 2016.
She said: ‘At this point I had enough. I had seven years of it and it was getting to a point when it was traumatising.
‘When I lost another baby we just thought we couldn’t do this anymore.’
Mr Bosworth picked up a leaflet for a vasectomy from his GP – and a month later Mrs Bosworth found she was pregnant for a ninth time.
She said: ‘I just wasn’t interested. I realised I had missed my period but I didn’t bother doing a pregnancy test.
WHEN WERE MRS BOSWORTH’S MISCARRIAGES?
September 2009 – number one
March 2010 – number two
January 2011 – number three
May 2011 – number four
Referred to St Mary’s – July 2011
Feb 2012 – septum removal operation
June 2012 – number five
March 2013 – number six
June 2014 – number seven
January 2016 – number eight
April 2016 – pregnant with Ellis
January 2017 – Ellis arrives
‘I did one eventually and it was history repeating itself.’
Mrs Bosworth said she didn’t even feel excitement when she first saw she was pregnant.
But at six weeks and one day, she saw her healthy baby on the sonogram and got to hear her baby’s heartbeat for the first time.
‘They’ve always been two lines on a pregnancy test but this time it was a heartbeat in a scan,’ she said. ‘It wasn’t until 21 weeks when I felt him kick and it felt real.’
Ellis was born on 2 January 2017 weighing 5lb 15oz, and two weeks later Mr Bosworth booked himself in for a vasectomy.
Mrs Bosworth said: ‘I just still can’t believe he’s actually here and he’s a real little person. He’s really advanced for his age and was walking at nine months.
‘I’m now ready to speak out and help other people. I’ve joined the miscarriage association to do everything I can to help other women.’
‘I know I’m biased but he’s the most beautiful boy in the world.’
Mr Bosworth began thinking about a vasectomy after Mrs Bosworth’s eighth miscarriage which was agonising for the couple.
Mr Bosworth said: ‘I decided to look into getting a vasectomy as I couldn’t cope sitting there watching Rachael go through this physical and emotional torture.
‘It was when we were pregnant for the eight time. I was driving the car and Rachael was next to me.
‘She had this chronic pain in her stomach and started to bleed. We thought she was miscarrying in the car.
‘She actually miscarried a week later but that really was too awful to watch.
‘I couldn’t believe it when we struck lucky ninth time.’
The couple try to inspire others to keep trying for a baby after their long battle for their own child. Pictured with Ellie recently
RISK OF A MISCARRIAGE SPIKES TO 54% FOR OVER-45s
The risk of suffering a miscarriage soars for older mothers, a study suggests.
The number of older mothers has increased in recent decades, as more women concentrate on their career first and turn to family later.
Women now have their first child five years later on average than they did four decades ago.
It means there are now more births to over-40s than to teenagers in the UK.
But researchers warn that this could be having an impact on complications and miscarriages.
Miscarriage affects one in eight pregnancies – usually occurring before 12 weeks of pregnancy.
A study published in the British Medical Journal found miscarriage rates are lowest among women aged 25 to 29, at 10 per cent.
It rises slightly to 11 per cent among women in their early 30s and to 17 per cent among women aged 35 to 39.
The risk of miscarriage then spikes to 32 per cent among those in their early 40s and 54 per cent over the age of 45.
The research, by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, involved 420,000 women who became pregant between 2009 and 2013.
They also found a strong recurrent risk of miscarriage – with a woman who had already suffered one miscarriage having a 50 per cent increased risk of a repeat.
After two, the risk doubled, and after three consecutive miscarriages, the risk was four times greater.
Previous pregnancy complications also predicted a higher risk of miscarriage.