Couple who struggled to get pregnant welcome baby boy after 13 years of trying


A couple are overjoyed to welcome their ‘miracle’ son this Christmas after 13 years of trying for a baby, suffering eight miscarriages and a stillbirth

Carissa and Dave underwent one round of ICSI IVF
Carissa and Dave underwent one round of ICSI IVF

A delighted couple have welcomed a beautiful baby boy just in time for Christmas after 13 years of trying to get pregnant.

Carissa Morris, 33, and her husband Dave, 32, welcomed their “miracle” Oliver on December 17.

After a heartbreaking eight miscarriages and suffering the stillbirth of a little girl, the Australian couple finally fell pregnant in April after one round of ICSI IVF.

Oliver was born at a healthy 6lb 7oz.

Carissa, an engineering planner, said: “We tried for years and years naturally to have a baby, we did originally conceive quite a few times, but we just had multiple miscarriages and never got past six weeks.

Carissa called Oliver a ‘miracle’
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Baby Oliver was born on 17 December
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“We eventually had tests done and worked out that one of my tubes was blocked and the fluids were coming back into my uterus, and it was basically like poison.

“I had my tube removed, and then we found out that we also had male factor fertility issues.

“There was an issue with my husband’s fertility, and we were told it was caused by his profession as too much heat can affect fertility in men.

“No one ever warned us, no one ever told us that excess heat would cause this.

Carissa and her husband Dave suffered eight miscarriages and a stillbirth before having Oliver
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The little one is still in hospital and will go home when he’s strong enough
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“We were then advised to go down the route of ICSI IVF where they insert the sperm directly into the embryo for the best chance of conceiving.

“We were really lucky; we did a full round of IVF and unfortunately, we didn’t have any embryos make it to freeze.

“So, we just had our one embryo that we were able to have freshly transferred and two weeks later we found out we were pregnant.

“When I found out I was pregnant it was probably the best feeling I had ever felt in the world, second to holding him for the first time.”

Carissa says the new family will be spending Christmas Day in hospital as Oliver experienced breathing problems shortly after birth.

Oliver’s parents will spend Christmas Day at his hospital ward
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The first time Carissa held her son was the best moment of her life
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She said: “He was three weeks early and was born blue, his oxygen dropped to 20 per cent for nine minutes and he was then immediately intubated.

“He was worked on by nurses and doctors for three hours to stabilise him.

“Once he was stabilised, they had the NETS team, which is the Neonatal Emergency Transport Service, come in and pop him in their neonatal ambulance.

“Prior to when he left, all I was able to do was touch his chin with my finger so the fact I was able to hold him in my arms 30 hours later was nothing short of a miracle.

The couple waited 13 years for their much-loved baby
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Oliver was born weighing 6lb 7oz
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“Being able to hold Oliver for the first time was magical,” she added.

“He definitely has everybody wrapped around his finger.”

Carissa and Dave can’t wait to take their baby boy home once he’s strong enough.

“He is currently being fed 45ml per feed through a nasal gastric tube as he doesn’t have a suck reflux currently,” Carissa explained.

“He started with a gastric tube because they thought that he had an obstruction in his stomach and may have needed surgery.

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“We’ve had scans done and he doesn’t have that which is great but as a necessity to make sure that he doesn’t lose weight he will be gastric tube fed.

“We’ll be spending Christmas Day with him in the NICU, we’ll be celebrating Christmas once he comes out of hospital, and we’ll give him all his presents.

“We were really hoping he’d be out before Christmas but it’s not to be and we know he’s in the best place possible to get the care he needs.

“It was just the miracle of knowing that it had worked, it had actually worked for us.”

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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