Just six months ago Ria couldn’t move from her hospital bed in fear that the baby she was carrying might not survive.
A medical condition meant that the chances of Ria ever carrying a baby to full-term were small. But thanks to her determination and the pioneering care of a world-expert in recurrent miscarriage, Professor Siobhan Quenby and the team at University Hospital, Coventry both mother and baby are safe and well.
The 26-year-old was diagnosed with a weak cervix after she went into early labour on two previous occasions. Baby Gracie May was born six months into pregnancy in May 2009 and lived for only an hour. And Lilly Grace was born at 26 weeks gestation and hung onto life for two weeks before she died in April 2010.
When Ria and husband David found out they were expecting in 2011, she was referred to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust under the care of one of the world’s leading experts in recurrent miscarriages and premature births.
Professor Siobhan Quenby, Consultant Obstetrician prescribed a course of treatment to give Ria and David the baby they longed for.
At 10 weeks into Ria’s pregnancy she had a cervical stitch to help prevent another early labour with scans every few weeks to check everything was how it should be.
Then at 22 weeks into the pregnancy she married long-term boyfriend David.
Just one week later she was ordered for bed rest for 6 weeks in hospital while doctors monitored her closely.
Under the supervision of Professor Siobhan Quenby, she gave birth to baby Amelia, weighing 5lbs and 15ozs at 37 and a half weeks. They went home on Christmas Eve.
Ria said: “I can not fault the expertise of staff at UHCW and I am in no doubt that they contributed enormously to be me being able to have a successful pregnancy following the heartbreak of two premature births. University Hospital has it all – the medical research and expertise and midwives who are highly skilled, supportive and caring. A winning combination in my opinion, that brings happiness and hope to families.”
Consultant Obstetrician at University Hospital, Coventry, Professor Siobhan Quenby said: “Ria stayed lying head down and moved very little. Everyone involved in her care is absolutely thrilled that Ria was able to go to up to her due date to have Amelia and that they are both doing so well. Unfortunately Ria is not alone, as miscarriage is a common condition, although it is relatively rare for people to suffer recurring late miscarriages. The benefit of bed rest is that it prevents the cervix opening too early and stops the membranes moving down the cervix where they can easily rupture leading to very early delivery and heartbreak for the family.”
Patients who are interested in Professor Quenby’s work can join her live web chat on Friday 30 March at 12.30pm to 1.30pm at http://www.uhcw.nhs.uk/latest-news/web-chats
University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust is one of the country’s leading maternity services, delivering more than 6,000 babies each year and bucking the trend in appointing more midwives.
Attached: Ria and David with baby Ria and Professor Quenby, world-leading expert in recurrent miscarriage.
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