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“Bionic cervix” brings baby joy for couple after seven years of trying

Simple operation helps multiple miscarriage sufferer carry healthy baby

Posted: 4 August 2010
by Kimberley Smith

A simple operation, little-known in the UK, may offer hope to women prone to miscarriage. The “transabdominal cerclage” operation reinforces the top of the cervix, making it strong enough to hold a baby.

The operation succeeded for Janett Walker, who gave birth to a healthy baby girl in June after previously suffering four miscarriages and losing a premature baby. The procedure is fairly common in the US and Cumbrian Jannett hopes to raise awareness in this country, reports the Metro.

“If I hadn’t been fitted with a bionic cervix, I would never have been able to have a child,” Jannett said.

Doctors can check for a weak or “incompetent” cervix in a matter of minutes. Though it is a rare condition often only discovered after a miscarriage occurs, it can seriously affect a woman’s chance of carrying a baby to full term and should be carefully monitored.

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