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Pregnant woman spends three months upside down to save unborn baby

A mum-to-be with a weak cervix has given birth after living at a 45º angle for three months

Posted: 21 December 2011
by Kimberley Smith

Baby Amelia arrived weighing in at 4lb 15oz

A mum-to-be who spent the last three months of her pregnancy upside down has given birth to a healthy baby girl. Donna Kelly was diagnosed with a weak cervix and had to lie at a 45º angle to stop her baby literally “falling out”.

“I was ready to give anything a try. It made me feel sick and I had a massive head rush but after a few days my body adjusted,” said Donna, 29.

Doctors believe Donna’s cervix was weakened when she gave birth to her first baby, son Joshua, 4. She was ordered bed rest and even had to sleep and eat upside down. She was only allowed up to use the toilet.

“Donna’s case was very rare. Her cervical weakness was as bad as you can get. She was initially given cream and underwent a cervical stitch at 14 weeks,” explained Professor Siobhan Quenby, from the University of Coventry. “But by 23 weeks the cervix had re-opened. Donna was the first woman I’ve done this treatment with at this hospital. The concept of keeping a woman at a tilt is simple. It’s basic physics.”

Baby Amelia is now 4 months and doing well. Donna and husband Mark, 32, are looking forward to their first Christmas as a four.

“The other day Joshua said, ‘Mummy, I love being a big brother,’” Donna said. “For me, that makes it all worthwhile.”


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