After losing four babies during pregnancies, a Mansfield, UK couple is celebrating Christmas with their new triplets. Anna Mitchell, 30, and her husband Nick had tried for years to have children. Christmas had always been a difficult reminder of their losses.
"We haven't bothered decorating our house for years, as there was just the two of us and no children to fill it," Mitchell said."But this Christmas we have three wonderful little reasons to decorate the house from top to toe with baubles, tinsel and lights."
Anna lost her first two babies due to an ectopic pregnancy, where the baby develops in the fallopian tube instead of the womb. At that point, doctors removed one of her fallopian tubes and warned her of the dangers of trying to have children.
"It was life-threatening to me to lose these babies as each time my fallopian tube could have burst," Anna said.
The couple would get pregnant again naturally and lose a third baby in November 2010. "After losing my third baby I couldn't believe it. I had already lost three babies. I was terrified I was never going to be a mum."
While the couple was experiencing such tragedy in child bearing, Anna was facing another tragedy in her life. Her mom, Nicola, was dying from liver cancer. After the third baby didn't make it, Nicola passed away. But Anna was about to received an unexpected blessing from the passing of her mother.
Nicola left Anna a significant amount of money. Anna says of the money from her mom, "I was going to use it to start having IVF treatment. If I couldn't be a mum naturally, then I needed help. And mum's money was a perfect gift from her. She knew how much I wanted to be a mum, and now she was giving me the chance."
So in April 2012, they attempted IVF but again lost the baby to an ectopic pregnancy. At this point, full of questions and concerns, the couple almost gave up. But feeling as though they had one more try in them, the couple paid for one last IVF treatment. And in December 2012, the couple found out they were pregnant. Not with one baby, but three.
"I nearly fell off the table with shock. Then I started crying all over again. I wasn't just having one baby, I was having three. I'd waited all these years to have a baby, and now three were all coming at once. And it was all thanks to mum, it was her triple gift from heaven for me."
In July, Nick and Anna received their "gifts from heaven". Summer, Joseph, and Jacob were all born by Caesarean section at Kingsmill Hospital. They are healthy and doing well.
"It will be the most amazing Christmas ever this year, with our three gifts from heaven. I've decorated the house from top to toe, and I know that somewhere out there, mum is looking down on us. Having three babies has made up for all that heartbreak. And it's all thanks to mum and her amazing gift that we are going to have the best Christmas ever."
Merry Christmas to Nick, Anna, and their triplets!