Woman who struggled with infertility and failed IVF for years has baby at age of 50

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Christine Boama celebrated her daughter Precious’s first birthday on Wednesday. The woman struggled for years due to infertility and failed IVF, but her dream came true when her baby was born

Mum Christine and husband David Boama with their baby girl

Image: Humphrey Nemar)

A woman who thought she had started the menopause and would never have children beat the odds to have a baby at 50.

Loving mum Christine Boama celebrated her daughter Precious’s first birthday on Wednesday – after years of infertility struggles and failed IVF.

The marketing entrepreneur, from Chorley, Lancs, explained: “I grew up with a huge family. My mum is one of nine and one of my auntie has six ­daughters. Surrounded by the loving hubbub I’d think, ‘This is what I want when I’m older’. I was healthy, and I knew I’d be a good mum. All I needed was to meet Mr Right.”

In her 30s, as Christine saw family, friends and colleagues start their families, her desire for a baby only grew. “I wanted a child more than anything, but I’d tell myself, ‘When the time is right it will be easy. Everything will fall into place.’

The baby has celebrated her first birthday
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“I never doubted that it would happen for me,” she said. Then in 2012, aged 41, Christine met her now husband David, 50, and could see all her dreams about to come true.

“A year later, in 2013 when I was 42, we walked down the aisle. I thought I’d be pregnant within a year.”

But their first anniversary came and went. Then another with no baby news.

Finally in 2015, when Christine was 44, they paid for IVF. “It was hard for me to accept that we’d need to go down the medical route. But I was absolutely prepared to do it, if it meant becoming a mum,” she said. Christine was heartbroken when the first cycle failed, a pain that only increased as four more cycles followed over the next five years.

Christine’s daughter pictured at home
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She was born after her mum struggled with infertility for years
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“It felt like I was on an endless treadmill of tests, scans and medications. Emotionally it was so draining, and I was never given a medical reason why I couldn’t get pregnant.

“All the while the hole in my heart grew. My husband and I had the space and the financial security to be parents, but most importantly we had the love to give. All we needed was our child.” It was two weeks after her 50th birthday, in October 2020, that Christine realised that her period hadn’t started. At first, she thought it was the menopause. But she felt drawn to take a pregnancy test.

The couple and their baby at home
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Seeing the second line appear on the strip, Christine could not believe her eyes. “I’d lost count of the number of tests I’d taken over the years, every one negative. Now here, at 50, I was staring at a positive test. I just sat there in shock,” she said. The odds were 1 in 100.

Christine saw a doctor who told her she was six weeks pregnant. And on May 18, 2021, Precious was born. “As soon as I saw her, I burst into tears. I’d waited and prayed for so long to meet my child and finally she was there, safely in my arms.” Celebrating her tot’s first birthday last week, Christine said: “I want to share my story to give people hope. I know how tiny the odds were.”

As for a sibling for Precious? “Who knows?” she laughed. “It would be incredible if it happened for us again, but I’m enjoying life as a family of three. Precious really is our little miracle.”

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