One of the first babies of 2018 was delivered by a woman who had suffered eight miscarriages in a six-year childless marriage.
The woman, Emma Parker and her husband, Craig, welcomed their son, Charlie Al-Derrick Parker into the world at 11.30am on New Year’s Day.
Daily Mail reports that the UK couple, after eight pregnancies and eight miscarriages, went through two rounds of IVF which failed. But they later conceived again naturally.
Charlie, who weighied 5lb 13oz, was due on January 9 but due to complications was delivered yesterday by Cesarean section at Lincoln County Hospital.
The couple said they were delighted at the birth of their son and could not wait to take him home.
Charlie’s middle name ‘Al-Derrick’ is a tribute to both Emma’s grandparents.
Her grandmother Alma died a year ago in January 2017, while her grandfather Derrick now lives with the couple.
Emma said due to the amount of miscarriages they had been through in the past, they didn’t initially feel confident at the beginning of her pregnancy.
‘When we got past 20 weeks we felt a little more confident,’ she added.
‘But we were worried again after 37 weeks due to health issues and I have been monitored in last few weeks.
‘It is going to be really nice to have a baby at New Year as it is around the same time Grandma died. Since grandma passed away, Granddad is living with us and it will give him a new lease of life to have a baby around.’
Dad Craig said: ‘We are looking forward to spoiling him and there’s lots of people waiting to meet him. It’s a totally different love you have when a baby is born.’