A woman who struggled to become a mum due to having two wombs has finally welcomed her miracle baby boy.
Louise Campbell, 28, had always dreamt of becoming a mother and started trying for a baby with her husband Nick, 37, just one year after they started dating.
After suffering three miscarriages, health care worker Louise was finally diagnosed with uterus didelphys – a rare condition that means she has two uteruses and two cervixes.
It was another two and half years and sadly one more miscarriage before Louise from Driffield, East Yorkshire finally fell pregnant with her miracle baby boy.
The excited couple were over the moon to welcome their son Michael into the world in February 2018 and love being parents to the baby they waited so long for.
Louise said: “To finally have Michael just feels too good to be true.
“Me and my husband Nick always look at him and say how amazing he is and we cannot describe how much we adore him.
“I love being a mum, I’m in my element and I finally feel like I’m ‘me’ again before all of the stress of dealing with having uterus didelphys.”
Louise met window cleaner Nick in August 2010 at a house party thrown by mutual friends and the pair started dating shortly after.
Both Louise and Nick had always wanted children and the couple were delighted when they fell pregnant in July 2012 but sadly Louise suffered a miscarriage at six weeks.
After another two miscarriages, Louise underwent an investigative laproscopy where doctors discovered that she had a condition called uterus didelphys.
This condition meant that Louise had two uteruses and two cervixes and although she could still potentially have a baby, her gynacoelogist warned it would be difficult.
Louise said: “I was scared for surgery but after three miscarriages, I knew that I just needed to get some answers.
“It was another eight months before my gynacoelogist went over what my condition meant for me – high risk of late term miscarriages and premature labour.
“It was a huge shock and I really struggled to come to terms with the fact that I had this condition that I’d never heard of before and that it could stop me being a mum.
“I felt guilty for Nick like I was holding him back from becoming a father, I even told him to leave me so he could have children with someone else but he was so supportive and stuck by my side through everything.
“He even took me away for a break when we were waiting to hear back from a consultant and proposed to me on the beach – he’s been incredible.
“We decided we’d keep trying for a baby but also relax about it a bit more, enjoy our time together, have some holidays and if it was meant to be, then it would happen.”
Focusing on themselves, Louise and Nick threw themselves into enjoying life to the fullest and got married in a beautiful ceremony in September 2015.
They booked some incredible holidays and travelled to exciting destinations such as Amsterdam, Bruges, Mallorca and Bulgaria.
After another miscarriage in 2015, Louise’s gynocoalegist checked Louise’s fallopian tubes and Nick’s sperm before recommending the couple try IVF.
The couple were all scheduled and ready to start IVF in August 2017 when they had the most incredible surprise.
One month before their first IVF appointment, Louise took a pregnancy test and found out she had fallen pregnant naturally.
She had an early scan at six weeks and the pair were overwhelmed to see their happy, healthy baby on the screen.
Louise said: “I experienced a bit of spotting a week before the early scan and I just thought it was all over again.
“When we went for the scan, I didn’t expect there to be a heartbeat but when there was, I fell in love instantly and I just wanted to do anything to protect him.
“I was scared all the way through the pregnancy but Nick just knew it would work out – he had a good feeling from the start about the pregnancy and I’m so happy he was right!”
Louise was monitored often throughout her pregnancy, taking blood thinners and having a whopping 11 scans in total.
Three weeks before Louise’s due date, their miracle baby was found to be breach which can be common with uterus didelphys due to lack of space in the womb.
She was booked in for a c section and finally welcomed their gorgeous baby boy Michael on 15 February 2018, named lovingly after Nick’s father.
Louise said: “When they pulled Michael out, he didn’t cry right away and I was terrified, I immediately thought something was wrong.
“It was only for a few seconds but it felt like a lifetime before he let out this strong, loud scream and it was the most incredible sound I’d ever heard, it was such a relief.
“Nick held him first and I just felt so emotional and happy that we finally had our little boy and our family was complete.
“Now just over two years later, I absolutely love being a mum, I couldn’t imagine life without him.
“I found it hard to talk about my condition before as I just felt like I was different but now I’m very open about it because I want other mums to know you still can have a baby even with this condition.
“I knew nothing about uterus didelphys before my diagnosis and I think if I had heard of someone else’s experience like mine then it would have been very helpful.”