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Couple who spent nine years trying to have a child but gave up hope celebrate New Year’s Day miracle baby

08:00 02 January 2016

New Year babies at Ipswich Hospital.
Michael and Hannah Carpenter with their baby Nancy Violet Carpenter.

New Year babies at Ipswich Hospital. Michael and Hannah Carpenter with their baby Nancy Violet Carpenter.

Sarah Lucy brown

Hannah and Michael Carpenter welcomed Nancy Violet Carpenter into the world at Ipswich Hospital at 8.17am yesterday.

It was the daughter they thought they would never have.

The new parents, of Nacton Road, were a mixture of shock, giddiness and gratification as doted over their 7lbs 15oz newborn in the maternity ward and told of their nine-year struggle of starting a family.

“We tried three rounds of IVF, one round of frozen (embryos), but nothing worked,” said Mr Carpenter, 35, a crane driver at Felixstowe Docks.

“We decided to give up hope, which was hard.”

Mrs Carpenter, 32, added: “We had tried everything for nine years after we got married and had always wanted children, so it was a difficult time.”

But nine months ago a sore chest kept Mrs Carpenter awake at night for three weeks, so she decided to take a pregnancy test.

“It changed straight away and I couldn’t believe it,” Mrs Carpenter said.

“Michael had just finished a 12-hour shift and had been asleep for just an hour, but I had to wake him up and tell him.”

Mr Carpenter said: “I thought she was joking at first. We couldn’t believe it. There were hardly any symptoms.”

A private test confirmed she was pregnant and a due date of January 10 was given.

Mrs Carpenter said she was the last person to leave Willis in Ipswich – where she works as a bureau relationship manager – at 4.30pm on New Year’s Eve.

She started experiencing pain that night, woke up at 4am and left for the hospital at 6am. She had given birth less than two-and-half-hours later.

“It was a complete shock giving birth on New Year’s Day – nine days early – but extra special I think,” Mrs Carpenter said.

They are now planning to celebrate with family and friends.

Meanwhile, Kayleigh Pooley, 30, and her partner of 11 years Duane Wright, 32, welcomed the first baby born in Ipswich in 2016 – Halle Rose Wright. She was born at 3.18am, seven days early, weighing 6lbs 6oz.

Ms Pooley, of Colchester Road, Ipswich, said their son Damari, five, will look forward to caring after his first sibling.

She said: “It is exciting to have the first baby born in Ipswich this year. I thought their might be a chance of an early birth as Damari was born early, but I didn’t expect to give birth on New Year’s Day.

“We saw the fireworks driving to the hospital at around midnight but I was unaware it was New Year’s Day when giving birth, until realising later. It makes it extra special, and the hospital staff were excellent.”

Mr Wright, a self-employed builder, added: “We are very happy, and now have a boy and a girl.”

Framlingham couple Laura Crossley, 34, and James Coward, 30, celebrated the arrival of their first child, Polly Ella Coward, at 6.13am yesterday, weighing 8lbs 10oz.

Ms Crossley said: “She was due on New Year’s Day so she was on time. One of the midwives said that only 4% of babies are actually born on their due date.

“We are delighted and she will always be guaranteed a great birthday party!”

Ipswich Hospital A&E nurse Joanne Sparkes, of Witnesham, gave birth to a baby boy, who is not yet named, at 7.45am yesterday, weighing 7lbs 7oz, on her due date.

Mrs Sparkes, 38, said her family, including her partner Colin Elliott, 38, and their two-year-old son Leighton, are “delighted”.

At least six babies were born at Ipswich Hospital yesterday.

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