A woman who nearly died after a miscarriage has given birth to a baby girl after 20 years of trying to conceive.
Rebecca Dando, 37, had always dreamed of becoming a mother but thought it wouldn’t happen after she was hospitalized for a miscarriage in February 2021. The café owner suffered multiple miscarriages despite being 18. Doctors told her nothing seemed wrong.
But after meeting her partner Christopher Thomas, 26, in April 2019, Dando decided to give baby another try. After a year of no luck, she was surprised to find out she was pregnant in September 2021 and this time the pregnancy progressed.
The baby, Lowri Joan Dando, was born via an emergency C-section on May 23, 2022 weighing 7 pounds 6 ounces at Grange University Hospital, Cwmbran, Wales, UK. Now at home, Dando is enjoying her bubble with her newborn and “loves every minute” of being a mom.
Dando, a cafe owner from Ebbw Vale, Wales, said: “I cried when I was over 12 weeks with Lowri as I had never made it that far in a pregnancy. I was afraid every day that something could go wrong.
“It was such a relief when she was outside and I could see her mop of hair. She is safe and absolutely perfect. It took 20 years and multiple miscarriages to have a baby and I will never forget each loss, but I’m so glad I never gave up hope.”
Dando was shocked to become pregnant at 18 but heartbroken when she lost the baby ahead of her 12-week scan.
“I was very young and hadn’t even told my parents. It was horrible and I never forgot being alone in my room and knowing that I had lost the baby,” she said.
At 26, Dando became pregnant again with her former partner. She said: “I was really happy when I found out – it seemed like the right time.” But at the 12-week scan, she was told the baby’s heart had stopped.
“I was really excited to be a mom so I was devastated. It took me a long time to get over it,” Dando said.
After falling into depression, she didn’t get pregnant again until December 2018. She said, “I had just broken up with my partner, but I knew I still wanted to be a mom.”
“But in February 2019 I was told I had lost the baby at my 12 week scan. It was a missed miscarriage so all that was left was the sack. I had lost all hope of ever being a mother.”
A few weeks after the scan, Dando started bleeding but was told it was nothing to worry about. She said: “I was told it was just going to be like a heavy period but it started again when I was at work. I had to run out to get pads but it was bubbling. It looked like a murder scene.”
Dando was taken to Prince Charles Hospital, Merthyr Tydfil, Wales where she then passed out. Afterwards, she was told that her blood pressure was extremely low and her heart rate was very low.
“They told me that I was almost dead and that I had bled. I almost had to have a hysterectomy when they couldn’t stop the bleeding. After I was like, ‘That’s it, I’m never going to be a mom.'” She said.
But when Dando started dating Thomas, whom she knew through her work as a catering supervisor, in April 2019, the two hit it off quickly. The couple moved in together in September 2020 and decided to try a baby.
Dando continued, “We decided that we would try to have a baby together. My hopes were low because it hadn’t happened to me before. We tried and nothing happened so I put it in the back of my mind.”
But to her surprise, she found out that she had conceived naturally in September 2021.
“I had just opened my cafe because I didn’t think I was going to get pregnant, so it was a big shock. I was scared because I didn’t think it would stick again. I figured I’d just have to make it to 12 weeks. But I was afraid all along that I was going to lose her.”
Dando suffered from pre-eclampsia and was unable to relax throughout the pregnancy.
“I couldn’t relax until she was in my arms,” she said.
After an examination showed her blood pressure was high, she was admitted to Grange University Hospital, Cwmbran, Wales, for monitoring at 37 weeks and five days.
“My face swelled to the size of a soccer ball. I was so worried about me and my little girl,” she said.
Doctors tried several times to start Dando before having to take her for an emergency C-section in the early hours of May 23.
“I was really upset when they cut me. Christopher had to nudge me as she came out. I saw her head of hair and fell in love immediately. I cried my eyes out. I just can’t believe I’m a mom after all these years.
Lowri is just perfect. She starts smiling and gets so spoiled by the whole family. It may have taken 20 years to try, but I couldn’t be happier,” Dando finally said.
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