Baby joy for cancer nurse who suffered 14 miscarriages, a stillbirth and the death of her two-week old son
Maria had first miscarriage when she was 19. She went on to lose 16 babiesCouple want to try for another baby

A mother who suffered 14 miscarriages, a stillbirth and the death of her two-week old son has given birth to a bouncing baby girl.

Maria Pridmore, 32, endured the heartbreaking loss of 16 babies over a 13-year period including the stillbirth of daughter Shannon and son Kia, who died when he was just two weeks old.

But Maria and long-term partner John Foran, 35, have been celebrating since their daughter Mia Shannon was born on January 16, weighing 4lb 12oz.

Maria Pridmore and partner John Foran have been trying to have a baby for 13 years before they had Mia, pictured

Maria Pridmore and partner John Foran have been trying to have a baby for 13 years before they had Mia, pictured

Maria, from Moulton Seas End, Lincolnshire, yesterday described her daughter’s birth as 'a dream come true'.

She said: 'It really is out of this world. After everything we have gone through this is like a dream come true. I didn’t think it would ever happen.

'After losing the two I lost and all the miscarriages I never thought I would be gifted with one. She is so precious to us.'

Maria suffered her first miscarriage when she was 19 and had endured 13 years of heartache before Mia’s birth.

She and John, a logistic supervisor at a garden nursery, gave up on their dream of having a family after son Shannon was stillborn and son Kia died aged two weeks in 2009.

Precious daughter: Maria suffered her first miscarriage when she was 19

Precious daughter: Maria suffered her first miscarriage when she was 19

Maria, a cancer nurse, added: 'We
didn’t think it would happen. We’d given up on the idea of having
children, we had just decided not to try anymore so she was a bit of a
surprise.

'I was too scared to tell John I was pregnant again for a week because I wasn’t sure how he’d react.'

Maria
went to her GP who diagnosed her with both pre-eclampsia and strep B – a
deadly combination which causes blood clots to form in the placenta
cutting the food supply from the baby.

She needed twice daily injections into her stomach to thin the blood to prevent blood clots and she had weekly scans to monitor the baby’s health.

But days before Mia was due to be born, doctors at Pilgrim Hospital in Boston, Lincolnshire, were forced to deliver her by emergency caesarian after Maria suffered complications.

Maria said: 'She started delivering breach so the doctors told me I had to have a caesarian to get her out.'

'At 27 weeks I’d been ill in hospital and thought the worst was coming and we’d managed to get through that but when I was going in after she breached I just thought it was going to happen for a third time, that we were going to lose her.'

Delighted father John added: 'During the pregnancy, we went to the Pilgrim Hospital 92 times for scans and check-ups.

'They put her on aspirin and she had the injections and packed in work straight away. We found out she was pregnant at eight weeks and they ordered bed rest from then on.

Loss: Collect picture in hospital of Maria's baby Kia who died at 15 days old

Loss: Collect picture in hospital of Maria's baby Kia who died at 15 days old

'We were really anxious. Every time we went for a scan we looked for a heart beat.

'We went every Wednesday and every Tuesday night Maria didn’t sleep. The drive to the hospital was like going to a funeral, really down and anxious, until we knew the baby was all right.

'I was terrified throughout the
pregnancy, every time Maria was ill or hurt I was convinced it was going
to happen again. I could not enjoy it at all, I was constantly waiting
for something bad to happen.'

John, who was present at the birth, said the couple were even planning having a second child to complete their family.

He added: 'I really don’t know how to put into words what I felt at that moment, it was unbelievable.

'I’m
not someone who shows their emotions much, but when the doctor put a
hat on Mia and put her in my arms I just burst out crying in a room with
about twelve people around me.

'It doesn’t compensate for what has happened in the past, but it makes it a bit easier.

'I think now we’ll wait till Mia’s a bit older and try to get her a brother or sister. I can’t explain how happy I am.'