A MUM who always dreamed of having a big family has finally got her wish - after suffering a heartbreaking 18 miscarriages.
Kate Ingram Woolf, 44, had always dreamed of having a huge brood, and after having two children with her first husband in the mid 90s, was devastated when she miscarried after trying for number three.
But 23 years later, she has finally given birth to her fifth and final child after two decades of trying - and a further 20 pregnancies, of which 18 ended in heartbreak.
But as she cradles her six-month-old daughter, Edith, Kate says she couldn't be happier - and can't quite believe she has the family she fantasised about as a teenager.
Kate, from Herefordshire, said: "I had always wanted a big family and when I was going through the miscarriages, it just made me want children even more.
"I became obsessed with wanting a bigger family. After going through 18 miscarriages, I just wanted to keep on trying and hoped that one day I would have my perfect little family that I do now.
"I hated being pregnant because I was so scared of what might happen and I just wasn't convinced that it was real.
"I had to have scans every two weeks to help settle my mind and reassure me that everything was okay.
"My husband Steve, was excited but I didn't want to get too excited because I didn't believe it.
"After my miscarriages, I suffered from postnatal depression despite never giving birth because my hormones were all over the place.
"I can't believe Edith is here and healthy and I finally have my perfect family I had always dreamed of".
Kate knew that she always wanted to be a mum and began trying for a third child in 1997 after having two successful pregnancies with her first husband, Jasmine, 25 and Kristopher, 23.
But after falling pregnant with her third child, Kate lost her first baby.
She said, "I found out I had lost the baby at 16 weeks and that was probably the hardest one for me.
"I had to go and sit in a hospital room surrounded by all of these women who were pregnant and be told that my baby was no longer alive.
"It was definitely part of the reason why my first marriage came to an end- I became obsessed with getting pregnant and it was all I wanted".
After Kate's first miscarriage in 1997, a number of tests were done but they all came back with the all-clear, leading Kate to believe it was 'just one of those things'.
What is a bicornuate uterus?
A HEART-SHAPED womb, or bicornuate uterus, is a rare abnormality.
Women with the condition have no extra difficulty getting pregnant, according to experts at the charity Tommys.
But, there is a slightly higher risk of miscarriage or premature birth.
It can also affect how a baby lies in the womb, so typically a mum will be advised to have a C-section.
But between 1997 and 2005, Kate suffered 15 miscarriages which led to the breakdown of her marriage.
It was only after the 16th miscarriage, that doctors ran more tests and found that Kate had a bicornuate uterus which could causes an increased risk for recurrent miscarriage.
"I had been blaming myself for so long, thinking that I had done something wrong, so to find out that this could be the reason behind it was both relieving but sad because there was nothing I could do about it now".
Kate divorced her first husband and went on to have one child, Freya, 14 with her next partner in 2005.
"I was terrified when I was pregnant because I never believed that it was real and I always thought I would lose it again” she explained.
“I wish I could have been excited but it was impossible given the circumstances".
Shortly after, Kate split from her partner and went on to have Olivia, 10.
Kate's pregnancy timeline
1993: MARRIED FIRST HUSBAND
1994: GAVE BIRTH TO FIRST CHILD, JASMINE
1996: GAVE BIRTH TO SECOND CHILD, KRISTOPHER
1997-2004: 15 MISCARRIAGES AND DIVORCE FROM HUSBAND
2005: GAVE BIRTH TO THIRD CHILD, FREYA WITH SECOND PARTNER
2005-2008: 1 MISCARRIAGE
2009: GAVE BIRTH TO FOURTH CHILD, OLIVIA WITH THIRD PARTNER
2017: MARRIED CURRENT HUSBAND STEVE
2017-2018: TWO MORE MISCARRIAGES
2019: GAVE BIRTH TO EDITH
In 2017 Kate married her current husband Steve, and the couple immediately started trying for a baby.
Between 2017 and 2018, Kate had two more miscarriages with her current partner, leading them to want to give up trying.
But later that year Kate was pregnant again with a baby girl and in August 2019, Kate gave birth to a healthy baby who she decided to name Edith.
"We were absolutely devastated but we decided we would try again and that's how Edith was born", said Kate.
"I told Steve that no matter what happened, this was it. There was no way I was going to put myself through pregnancy again.
"We were told that Edith may have all of these problems with her bowels, kidneys and feet but she was perfectly healthy and she's just amazing.
"I'm so lucky to have my perfect little family after all this time".
"The children were all so excited when they found out I was pregnant and even more so when I finally gave birth and she was healthy.
“They are all so happy to have a little sister and now that she is here, it finally feels real".
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