Each birth is a small miracle of life. Some are more so than others. Janice, a 43-year-old Englishwoman, had resigned herself to never being a mother. In a relationship with Daniel for ten years, she was trying to have a child. Without success. “I have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) diagnosed in my youth, details Janice. I always knew that we would have trouble conceiving a child, but it was difficult to accept. This hormonal disease, which is illustrated by an increase in testosterone levels, affects one in ten women.

It causes ovulation disorders and is the leading cause of female infertility. At the end of 2020, intrigued by more or less painful sensations in the stomach, the Londoner consulted. When in doubt, she was prescribed three pregnancy tests: all negative. During the months that followed, she lost a waistline and still felt occasional pain. On June 22, the pains intensify to the point that the suffering becomes unbearable. “I was shaking in pain. I had never felt anything like this. I was terrified. I leaked urine. I had no idea what was happening to me!”

“I called my parents who thought I was joking”

Janice calls paramedics, who take her to hospital for what emergency doctors say is acute appendicitis. As she is being prepared to go to the operating room, the results of a blood test reveal that she is eight months pregnant! The loss of bladder control was actually the rupture of the bag of waters. “I found out I was pregnant just two hours before having a caesarean section. At first I felt completely paralyzed, like my mind couldn’t accept what was happening to me.”

“I immediately called Daniel. He too needed a few minutes to realize and jump in the car to join me. I called my parents, who thought I was joking.” At 9:55 p.m., a healthy little girl weighing 2.3 kg arrived in the world. “I really had no idea I was pregnant, I hadn’t felt any kicks. After so many years of wanting a child, we had given up on the idea that it might ever be possible. Frankly , I didn’t believe it until I held Arabella in my arms, my little miracle baby.”


Lara T.
Lara T.

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