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There are no words to express the feelings going through my mind - proud new mum Ayshia.

Byline: Mike Lockley Staff Reporter mike.lockley@trinitymirror.com

A MOTHER at last has the baby she longed for - after enduring the heartache of 13 miscarriages.

In our picture proud dad Haider Zaman cradles Awais Haider - the son he thought he'd never see.

Over 15 harrowing years, taxi driver's wife Ayshia miscarried time and again between six and 12 weeks into her pregnancy.

between six and 12 weeks into her pregnancy.

But But thanks to pioneering work by staff at Heart-lands Hospital's recurrent miscarriage clinic, the 33-yearold at last held the child she'd yearned so long for - a healthy, six pound bundle.

Hospital's recurrent miscarriage clinic, the 33-yearprednisolone, Speaking exclusively to the Mail, the Small Heath mum said: "There are no words to express the feelings going through my mind. It was a dream come true.

"I went through the pregnancy spending every day just hoping my dream wouldn't be shattered."

Specialists believe the 33-year-old's problems stemmed from "sticky" blood cells, which caused clots to occur. Ayshia would lose blood, triggering a miscarriage. But top specialist Professor Siobhan Quenby and a battery of Heartlands midwives introduced an intensive drug and steroid regime that freed blood flow around the womb, allowing Awais to develop inside his mother.

progesterone and injections of clexane.

Ayshia was given steroid prednisolone, progesterone and injections of clexane. On July 10, Ayshia gave birth by caesarean section at Heartlands.

On July 10, Ayshia gave birth by caesarean section at Heartlands.

"After years of waiting, my dream has finally come true, and in the She said: "After years of waiting, my dream has finally come true, and in the month of Ramadan, which makes it an extra special birth date. I feel like all my Eids have come at once.

"After conceiving naturally, I was devastated to miscarry and each time was emotionally and psychologically hard. My family and friends had lost hope. As my husband was his mother's only son, I felt an additional pressure to carry on the family name.

"I took a two-year rest gap and then plucked up courage for the 14th time. I felt it was my last chance and my last hope. It was one of the hardest nine months of my life, as always at the back of my mind was the thought, what if it went wrong again? And if I did that I would feel like a failure. Every scan appointment was daunting."

Ayshia was referred to the recurrent miscarriage clinic five years ago and placed on an intensive treatment plan.

She added: "When I gave birth, it was a joyful, yet upsetting time as my husband's parents passed away before getting to see their first grandchild. However, words can't explain how I felt when I had the baby. It's still not sunk in that I have a baby. I would say to anyone in similar circumstances to never give up hope and that dreams can come true."

Ayshia thanked community midwife, Sue Hoggs, friend Dr Sabrina Mohammad, other close friends, family, especially her mum, and Heartlands staff.

Recurrent miscarriage midwife Rachel Small said: "I am delighted for Mr and Mrs Zaman and her family on the birth of their son. It was a privilege to take care of her through her journey."

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