A young Doncaster mum has spoken of her heartbreak, after both of her daughters were born more than two months early for different medical reasons.
For most new mums pregnancy can be an overwhelming and scary time.
But for Elizabeth Challinor, of Windermere Avenue, Harworth, her first pregnancy was made even more difficult when she went into spontaneous labour 13 weeks early.
After a six-hour labour, Mia Barlow was born at the Jessop Wing at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield weighing just 2lb3oz. “She was transferred to Doncaster Royal Infimary, because they had to keep an eye on her and make sure she was breathing for herself,” said the 23-year-old. She added: “There were times when it was scary and I didn’t know what was going to happen.”
Less than a year later, Elizabeth became pregnant, and was immediately concerned that her second labour might be just as difficult. But medics told Elizabeth that she should not expect any difficulties, and to expect an entirely normal pregnancy.
However, Elizabeth went into labour at just 26 weeks, due to problems with her placenta, and Evah Barlow was born weighing 1lb9oz in April this year.
The tot spent her first four months of life in hospital due to being born with chronic lung disease and a heart murmur.
“Both my girls had a difficult start to life but they’re both okay now and are thriving. I’m just getting to enjoy being a mum,” added Elizabeth.