Danielle Wilson was desperate to become a mother. After suffering five devastating ᴍɪsᴄᴀʀʀɪᴀɢᴇs, Danielle was left battling depression and desperately trying to find a reason for her loss. Then, when she had almost given up hope, Danielle welcomed her ‘miracle’ baby, a daughter she named Georgia. Georgia entered the world on March 16, weighing 7lbs 10oz and making all Danielle’s struggles worth it.
Danielle had her first ᴍɪsᴄᴀʀʀɪᴀɢᴇ in March 2016, at almost six weeks. A few months later, in October 2016, she experienced a second ᴍɪsᴄᴀʀʀɪᴀɢᴇs at six weeks, but had no medical explanation. When in July 2018, she had another ᴍɪsᴄᴀʀʀɪᴀɢᴇ at six weeks, Danielle realised she needed to investigate what was going on.
“My ᴍɪsᴄᴀʀʀɪᴀɢᴇs made me feel like a complete failure as a woman, like I could not do what I should be able to do. Especially as Ed has two lovely little girls from a previous relationship, although he knew what I had been through as we had been friends for years, it still devastated me that I may not be able to give him what another woman could,” Danielle said.
Danielle asked her GP to refer her to the ᴍɪsᴄᴀʀʀɪᴀɢᴇ clinic at her local hospital. She went on to book an appointment at Tommy’s National Centre for Mɪsᴄᴀʀʀɪᴀɢᴇ Research at Birmingham Women’s Hospital, a charity that helps those who have experienced ᴍɪsᴄᴀʀʀɪᴀɢᴇ and sᴛɪʟʟʙɪʀᴛʜ.
After another ᴍɪsᴄᴀʀʀɪᴀɢᴇ in October 2018, Danielle and Ed went through tests, scans, and research, and were prescribed progesterone. Unfortunately, Danielle went on to have a fifth ᴍɪsᴄᴀʀʀɪᴀɢᴇ in February 2019. After more scans and more progesterone, the couple were hesitant to believe they were really going to become parents when they had a positive pregnancy test in July 2019.
“I started feeling more calm after the 20-week scan when we found out she was a girl. When I got to 35 weeks I think it hit me, it was finally happening,” she added.
After a difficult labor Georgia Painter was born at 7lbs 10oz and three days later the happy pair were able to take her home. Danielle said, “I can’t describe the feeling when I saw her for the first time, I had this overwhelming feeling of love. I was so proud of myself especially after everything we’ve been through.”
To other people struggling to have children, Danielle says to never give up. “There is always someone who will help you, I was lucky to find that someone,” she said. “Tommy’s is fantastic not only for the trials and ᴛʀᴇᴀᴛᴍᴇɴᴛs they do that other hospitals don’t, they are fantastic even more so for their hope and determination when you are running out of it yourself.”