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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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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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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