A couple who believed they would never have children have welcomed a miraculous baby months after their father dug bread to fight diabetes.
Retired police officer Stephen and senior care worker Rachel Greenwood were back in 2000, and doctors have said for two decades that they will never be able to conceive naturally – even IVF works because of their medical conditions. Will not.
Rachel, 41, has polycystic ovary syndrome, while Stephen, 55, suffered a curved testicle during adolescence, which reduced his sperm count. Wells Online report
Her diabetes left her with a yeast infection that could further reduce her fertility, but the infection was completely gone in two weeks after she got rid of all the yeast products in her diet.
It took Rachel five months to dig out the bread and pastries when she was told she was 21 weeks pregnant – and the happy couple couldn’t believe it.
He finally received the baby Oliver on July 1.
“My wife is so excited and I can’t stop crying every day. It’s just an incredible feeling,” said Stephen, a Montgomery husband.
“To think that I am retired from the police and now I can spend every day at home with my child is completely out of this world.
“I stopped eating anything with yeast in it in September, just cut it. Within two weeks, my infection was gone, and five months later, my wife became pregnant.
“It’s an amazing miracle. I want to get it out of there and tell people not to give up hope. Everyone is different, our bodies change and you never know.”
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Rachel was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome shortly after meeting Stephen, who underwent an operation that affected her fertility after twisting her testicles at the age of 18.
Sadly, Stephen’s sperm count was so low that there was no chance of IVF and with the ICSI increasing the chances of miscarriage, the couple was out of option.
Stephen said: “We were anxious to have children together but when we ran out of options we just had to accept that we would never become parents.
“It was devastating, but we compromised and we still enjoy our lives together.
“We’ve never taken fertility pills so it was completely unplanned.
“We’ve never used contraception since we were teenagers, as we believed we would never have children and then it worked out!”
Rachel said: “When we first got together, having children was a big thing for us. I was only 19 and it was a big thing for me.
“But then when you’re told that you can’t or probably won’t be able to have children, all you have to do is take it into your life that you’re not a mother.”
In February 2021, Rachel was hospitalized with a kidney stone – a problem she regularly encounters due to her kidney disease.
When her stomach began to swell and her nipples began to ache, Rachel was referred to a specialist who sent her for a scan in a few weeks.
But when Rachel’s stomach hurts rapidly and her skin turns yellow, Stephen decides he can’t wait for the scan and takes her to A&E.
After Rachel was admitted to the hospital and had blood and urine tests before her kidney scan, Stephen went to a nearby retail park to wait for his wife because he could not wait in the hospital because of the coyote.
Mewell Brace sat with coffee in McDonald’s car park in the retail park, not realizing that a phone call would change his life forever.
“I got some news for you,” said Stephen. “I said, ‘Oh, this is a kidney stone.’ “No, I’m pregnant,” she said.
“I said, ‘You can’t be,'” he said. “I know, I told him there must be a mistake in the test.”
“When I was on the phone with him, I could hear my wife saying ‘OK, OK’ to the doctor, and I asked what’s the matter? Wrong.”
“I was clearly under a lot of pressure and then he called me from the back of the ambulance saying that the paramedic had read the doctors’ notes and it looked like he was having an atopic pregnancy.
“I went home, upset, crying, waiting to comfort my wife when she got home.
“They took her straight to Telford’s ward, where they perform an aptopic scan and an abortion.
The nurse said, “Oh my God, you’ve got a beautiful bounce, a very active, very big 21 week old baby, and he’s coming July 16th.”
“I got down on my knees, as you can imagine! It was a miracle.”
Rachel said: “I’ve never had stable periods so I definitely never knew I was pregnant, I thought it was a kidney stone that causes pain.
“I thought I would not have a baby after the doctors told me to, so I tried to live without having a baby, but it seems like good things come to those who wait!
“We weren’t trying so it came as a shock – a pleasant shock, but a shock!”
After waiting for the baby for 21 years, the shocked couple could not believe that she was finally pregnant but were overjoyed at the shocking news.
The only change in his lifestyle was that in September 2020, Stephen stopped eating any yeast products.
The decision came after a six-year battle with diabetes when Stephen suffered from recurrent yeast infections.
During a visit to their osteopath for back pain, the couple talked about Stephen’s yeast infection and were advised to try to dig up bread to fight it.
Thrush and other yeast infections are more common in people with diabetes because high levels of sugar lead to better yeast growth conditions.
Penile yeast infections can affect male fertility, weaken sperm, fragment, and reduce the ability to function during intercourse, which can reduce the chances of getting pregnant.
After Stephen dug up the yeast completely, he was surprised to see his yeast infection disappear completely and there is a very high probability of a change in his lifestyle which is why Rachel after all these years Got pregnant
Stephen said: “I have diabetes and a lot of thrush and balanitis. I’ve lived with her for years, so things don’t happen often in the bedroom department.
“I told my osteopath about it and he suggested a book about yeast infections and how our bodies can put more strain on yeast.
“I’m very careful about what I eat anyway but I read a book and I started thinking about how I suffer and I eat sandwiches for toast and lunch in the morning and have weird pastries.
“I stopped eating anything with yeast in it last September, just cut it out, and within two weeks, my infection was gone and I never came back, and five months later, my The wife is pregnant. “
Terrified of losing their miracle during their pregnancy, Stephen and Rachel finally welcomed their son earlier this month.
Baby Oliver arrived safely and healthy on July 1 through a 5 lb 5 oz weight C-section and her passionate parents are living their new life as a family.
Rachel said: “It’s still not quite submerged in a few days.
“I’m still scared to see this baby, thinking that my strength is mine. I don’t have to give it back because I’m holding it for someone, he’s here to stay!”
“She’s amazing, and Steve is amazing.
“I love being a mother. It was very emotional to start with – no one expected us to be with her and our friends have taken great care to send us gifts for her.
“It’s too much! It’s weird to talk about it. It all seems so weird how it all happened. We just say he’s our little miracle kid.”
“We weren’t expecting him in our lives, but he’s here and we can’t be happier!”
Stephen said: “It’s an amazing miracle that we want to share to give hope to others.
“My osteopath called me when he found out through a friend that Rachel was pregnant. She’s 70, I’m 55, and we were both crying on the phone!
“It’s a wonderful thing, I want to get it out of there and tell people not to give up hope. You never know, everyone is different, our bodies change.
“This is an incredible situation with Rachel because she has a polycystic ovary and is coming to the corner with menopause at the age of 40.
“It’s really amazing when you combine all the factors. I have my own health problems, that’s hers, and I’ve also found an 84-year-old mother with frontal lobe dementia who has been here for the last 14 years. Lives with us for years
“With that, and health issues, the opportunity doesn’t often come up so it’s actually one in billions – not millions but billions!
“I just want to share my news and make other people half as happy as I am!”