A SOLIHULL couple who thought they’d never be able to raise children of their own have reason to celebrate after their first-born son celebrated his third birthday.
After enduring the heartbreak of three unexplained miscarriages, Amy and Daren Reynolds feared they would never have a baby of their own, never mind two.
After her first miscarriage in 2010 and then the sad loss of twins – both at the early stages of pregnancy – 31-year-old Amy decided she would try five times to have her own child.
But thanks to pioneering work at Heartlands Hospital, Amy and Daren are now proud parents to to three-year-old Freddie and Henry, aged four months.
Amy admitted that she viewed the situation as losing four lives rather than as three devastating events.
She added: “It was almost a sense of relief to know that I could get help after the third miscarriage.”
When Amy fell pregnant for the fourth time, she took part in a double blind trial called ‘promise’.
The trial saw half the participants receive supplements of progesterone for 12 weeks and the other half receive a placebo to establish if the hormone boost helped to maintain a healthy pregnancy.
Though Amy was not aware if she received the progesterone or the placebo, Amy gave birth to a Freddie – weighing eight pounds.
Amy then gave birth to Henry on Sunday (September 13) last year.
She added: “The boys are my two little miracles – I’m so blessed to have them.
“I can’t thank recurrent miscarriage midwife, Rachel Small and obstetrics & gynaecology consultant, Dr Gupta enough.
“They took care of me and monitored the babies but more importantly, they understood why I was worried.
“I also hope by sharing our story, we might help other people reach out for much-needed support.”
Rachel Small said: “Miscarriage can be devastating, lonely and a heart-breaking time for couples.
“The Recurrent Miscarriage Clinic looks to find causes and treatments for preventing miscarriage, as well as offering support and continuity of care.
“In some couples we do not find a cause for their miscarriages, that is why it is so important we continue our clinical trials.
“I am so happy for Amy and Daren that they have their happy ending twice and also very grateful to them for participating in our clinical trials that will benefit many couples in the future.”