On Monday afternoon Grace Sharrock was out and about near her home in Cheshire with her daughter, 11 and 18 month old twins. Then she picked up a message on her mobile from me …
I had been rung by producers at ITV’s This Morning asking if I had any interviewees who’d suffered from postnatal depression who could appear on the show. The only snag was – they were needed for the next morning’s show!
That was when I thought of Grace – a year ago Grace’s story about how when she was pregnant with her eldest child, she’d suffered severely from postnatal depression – had appeared via Featureworld in a double page in the Daily Mirror. And when she’d got pregnant with the twins she was terrified the same thing would happen again. Fortunately in her second twin pregnancy she’d been prescribed the drug Lithium and was fine when she gave birth to the twins.
Grace rang me back and decided then and there she would love to go on This Morning! Having got her mum to care for the children, Grace was picked up by taxi laid on by This Morning. She was then put up in a hotel overnight and after breakfast the show sent a car to pick her up and take her to the studio.
Fortunately the wonderful producers at This Morning take care of all travel arrangements and Grace had a fantastic time. She also looked stunning talking on the sofa with Holly Willoughby and Philip Scofield. A doctor was also brought in to give some top advice about postnatal depression.
Said Grace afterwards: “It was a great experience even though I was terribly nervous before I went on.”
Grace is one of a number of Featureworld interviewees who are invited onto This Morning – along with other TV chat and news show and documentaries.
Meanwhile, she has also written a book on postnatal depression: Saving Grace and you can read more on her story here: Daily Mirror.
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Abby Drinkell’s gorgeous triplets make the cover of TAKE A BREAK magazine this week and the miraculous real life story of how they were conceived against all the odds after an ectopic pregnancy and nine miscarriages is told over two pages.
After suffering from nine miscarriages Abby believed she’d never have kids. But having been diagnosed with an unusual condition that causes miscarriage, she saw a specialist and after taking aspirin, finally had two little boys.
Sadly her marriage broke down but she met Lee, who didn’t have any children, and they also both longed for a family together. Only when she got pregnant, it turned out to be ectopic. She had to have one fallopian tube removed, halving her chance of having a baby.
Abby had just about given up on having more children when she found out she was pregnant again. Incredibly, when she went for a scan she was then given the news she was having triplets!
She recalls ringing Lee at work to tell him and he didn’t believe her so she drove to his office to show him the scan…
After a rollercoaster pregnancy when her two sons – Sullivan and Malachi and daughter Tilly – were born very premature at 27 weeks, it was touch and go whether the precious threesome would survive.
But incredibly they did and are now all home and healthy. Abby’s doctor has since said her chances of conceiving triplets – there is no history of twins in the family – were about 33 million to one.
Abby’s amazing real-life story has also appeared through Featureworld in the Daily Mirror newspaper and she was thrilled when Take a Break also wanted her story.
And that joy was trebled! when she went into the shops this week to see her triplets starring on the cover of the magazine.
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Read more about Abby’s true life story here and see it in the Daily Mirror.
Mum Andrea was thrilled when she opened the Daily Mail newspaper today and saw this gorgeous photo of her baby twins Nico and Kiki on page three. It was taken by top Daily Mail photographer Murray Sanders to go with my story about how Nico saved Kiki’s life before they were even born.
When Andrea was 20 weeks pregnant at her routine scan, doctors gave her and husband Paul some devastating news. There appeared to be a problem with Kiki’s heart, the placenta wasn’t functioning properly and the waters were leaking. All doctors could do was prepare Paul and Andrea for an imminent miscarriage.
But then incredibly baby Nico moved into a position underneath Kiki and caused a plug, stopping her from miscarrying and sealing off any infection.
Amazingly she stayed in this unusual position for ten weeks – which made all the difference. It meant that Andrea managed to get to 30 weeks when the babies were delivered healthily.
Both little girls are now aged seven months and a bundle of mischief for their doting parents, who also have a son Luca, 4 and another daughter, India, 3. They are also particularly close. As Andrea says, it isn’t only because they shared a womb but because Nico saved Kiki’s life – in fact she and Paul think of Nico as a little guardian angel.
Adds Andrea: “The story couldn’t have been better than it was in the Daily Mail. Paul and I were both delighted with the write up and the photos of the girls was gorgeous. Even Paul and I didn’t mind our photo!”
At the same time, a credit was given the charity Sparks – a charity dedicated to championing pioneering research into conditions affecting mums to be, babies and children – which Andrea will be running in the London Marathon 2012 for.
I have now placed this uplifting story with a top women’s magazine.
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Amanda Gudz’s amazing true life story was printed over two pages of the DAILY MIRROR newspaper this week.
After spending £30,000 on 15 failed IVF attempts, Amanda Gudz had given up thoughts of having a baby. But she hadn’t counted on the selfless generosity of her sisters. For Samantha offered to be a surrogate. Using an egg from Amanda and sperm from Amanda’s husband Darren, the couple were thrilled when having implanted the embryo into Samantha’s uterus, she got pregnant. And this gave Amanda daughter Esme, now two.
Esme totally fulfilled Amanda but she and Darren had remaining embryos still frozen in storage. And then the hospital wrote to them asking what to do with the embryos. The choices are to continue storing them at a cost, donate them to another couple, allow them to perish or give them to research. There was of course one other option – Amanda and Darren could give the embryos the chance of life themselves.
So that is what they did. This time sister Ellen wrote out a cheque to fund the IVF. Only two embryos survived the thawing process and were good enough to implant into Amanda’s uterus. She really thought after so many years it would never work. But it did – against all the odds Amanda got pregnant and she has now had baby Thea. Incredibly, although born two years apart, the girls are twins.
When she was having Thea, sister Michelle stepped in to look after Esme.
Amanda told me: “I feel so lucky. But I wouldn’t have had my children if it weren’t for my sisters and I will be eternally grateful to them. The article was spot on. It reads great and I am so very pleased. Thank you so much.”
Interestingly the story about Amanda’s sister being a surrogate had already appeared in the press two years ago. But I was able to place this update again – and Amanda now has another deal with a leading women’s weekly magazine.
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This heart-warming real life story about how Abby Drinkell’s amazing triplets appears in the DAILY MIRROR newspaper today.
After nine miscarriages Abby Drinkell had almost given up having a longed for baby. Then she was researching the internet and came across research at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington that recurrent miscarriages were sometimes caused by a blood clotting problem. She was referred and given a very simple treatment. That was aspirin to thin the blood. It resulted in two gorgeous sons.
But when she split with their dad and met Lee, they wanted a child of their own. Sadly, when she got pregnant she had an ectopic pregnancy, where the baby develops in the fallopian tube. This is a life-threatening condition and the embryo and the tube had to be removed, reducing her fertility by half.
Incredibly, however, she got pregnant again. Once again she took aspirin and amazingly she discovered at her first routine scan she was expecting triplets.
After going into premature labour her babies were born and after a worrying time when they were in special care, they are now all home.
The story is amazing as there is no history of multiple births in the family and the triplets – two boys and a girl – are not identical. And with only one fallopian tube Abby’s doctor calculated the odds of her having triplets as 33million to one!
Abby wanted to share her story to give encouragement to others suffering from fertility issues that you might well end up with a baby – even the big family you dreamed of.
This story has now been placed with a women’s weekly magazine.
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Sarah Robinson’s story about how she might face a custody battle over frozen embryos with her ex appears in THE SUN newspaper today.
When Sarah got breast cancer and was told treatment might make her infertile, she and her then boyfriend Carl, decided to have embryos frozen.
So shortly before she underwent chemo and radiotherapy, her eggs were harvested and fertilised with Carl’s sperm.
But now the couple have split up – and although the embryos might be Sarah’s only chance of having a family – she is worried she will never be able to use them.
Legally, both of them need one another’s consent before they could use the embryos. Her concerns are that any new man she meets will never be happy about her having her ex-boyfriend’s baby and that any new girlfriend Carl has will be equally unhappy. And Sarah does not know how she would react if it were Carl wanted to use them. Could she be happy knowing another woman was bringing up her biological child.
In fact, both of them realise when they went into this, they did not have enough counselling about the issues involved.
I have followed Sarah’s story for approximately a year now and in line with other interviewees, who come through my website, Featureworld I always endeavour to sell stories again.
Hence, Sarah’s story about how she got cancer in her twenties has already appeared in Fabulous magazine and the Daily Mail newspaper. However, since those stories, the situation between Carl and Sarah has changed and now they’ve split, they face this new dilemma.
Sarah said: “I wanted to get this story out there as I am sure it must be happening with other couples.”
Meanwhile, Carl said: “The story reads well. Thank you very much!”
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Real life story of the family with SIX generations appears in THE SUN newspaper today.
When last Friday Wendy Mumford emailed me through my sell my story website and told me her granddaughter had just had a baby – and he was the sixth generation in their family, I was amazed. I have written about a number of five generation stories before (and even those are rare) but never six generations.
And today their delightful story appears over two pages in The Sun newspaper. Theirs is a fascinating story. Gladys Sweeting is 91 and her story about how she had seven babies at home with no pain relief – and then how her husband announced the babies’ births in the street – is in stark comparison to great-great-great granddaughter Jessica’s story. Jessica, 19, recently gave birth to 8Ib 10oz Harry – and she announced the birth by text and then on Facebook. Meanwhile, while Gladys was confined to bed for weeks after each birth, Jessica was out the same day and shopping the next.
Life when Gladys gave birth was completely different – there was no NHS and treatment for infection was still maggots. Hardly anyone had electricity let alone a TV – and the Internet was years away.
Wendy says: “We knew having six generations was pretty special as we were in our local paper when Jessica was born because we were a family of five generations then. We are very close. We live nearby to one another and feel very lucky that everyone is going strong. It’s been lovely to celebrate with a big story in a national newspaper.”
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