A woman from Crawley has nominated her mum for a national award after she help her through seven unsuccessful pregnancies.
Michelle Turner, 35, from West Green has had five miscarriages, an ectopic pregnancy and a still birth. However, her 17-year ordeal ended last year when she gave birth to Mikayla.
Through it all her mum Sheila Avery, 55, has been by her side and Michelle has nominated her for the Simplyhealth Grandparents’ Lifetime Achievement Award in the annual ceremony run by the neonatal charity Tommy’s.
Michelle said: “Mum has been there for everything. She has mopped up my tears, cuddled me, held my hand when we cremated Jasmine. Every single consultant appointment she’s been there.
“When Jasmine was born, we moved in with mum and dad for a month. Her room was all set up.”
Giving birth to Mikayla, now just turned one, had its complications as well. They were living in Devon at the time.
Michelle said: “I went into labour at 31 weeks originally and had an elected caesarean at 36 weeks.
“Mum was there and after Mikayla’s dad she was the next person to hold her. When I went into labour, I just thought, ‘I can’t do this again’. My mum was in Crawley and they were moving me to another hospital 50 miles away.
“Mum and dad drove 250 miles to see me. They moved in with us for five weeks. They pretty much gave up two months of their lives and stayed with us.
“It was really scary. The first night I couldn’t sleep. Mikayla didn’t sleep in her own bed for nine weeks. She slept on me because I didn’t want to put her down.
“My mum said, ‘Look at you. You cannot do it, you’re exhausted and I’m having her for a night’.
“I nominated her because she’s been so amazing. I’ve given her flowers and cards, but she needed full on recognition for everything she’s done.
“She’s really gone above and beyond. When I got an email saying she’s in the semi-finals she sobbed. My mum is awesome.”
Tommy’s funds medical research into the prevention of premature birth, stillbirth and miscarriage. They also provide advice and treatment. The annual awards - now in their 19th year - are a way of thanking family and medical professionals. The results will be announced on March 21.
For more information about the charity go to www.tommys.org or call the helpline on freephone 0800 0147 800.