Elizabeth Baker and husband Jeremy endured the heartache each time her immune system attacked the foetus growing within her.
‘I didn’t know what was causing my miscarriages,’ said the 36-year-old. ‘Every time I got pregnant, I would go for a scan and there would be a baby but no heartbeat. It was dreadful.’
After tests found Mrs Baker’s natural killer cells – which usually attack viruses – were to blame, she was placed on a trial at Birmingham Heartlands Hospital.
The anti-asthma drug Prednisolone nearly shut down her immune system, leaving her at risk of disease – but allowed her baby to grow safely.
Isaac Stephen was born weighing 3kg (6lb 11oz) on August 25. ‘Some new mums suffer from post-natal depression – but I have post-natal euphoria,’ said Mrs Baker, from Hall Green in Birmingham.
‘I don’t care about the 30-hour labour or the sleepless nights. I’m just so happy.’