A woman who feared couldn’t have youngsters has unconcealed how she got involved with fostering – only to go on to have three kids of her own.
Julie Worsfold who had 7 miscarriages, an ectopic pregnancy which nearly killed her and had surgically removed her ovary, she was convinced that she would not be able to bear a child.
But 52 year old Julie, from Droitwich, Worcestershire, stunned everyone by conceiving three children, which includes twins.
Julie told the Sunday Mercury “I felt so lucky to be alive that I wanted to give something back. We thought ‘let’s give foster children some TLC and a normal home and childhood.'”
But startlingly, Julie got pregnant again and under the vigilant eye of midwives managed to go full term and bore a daughter, Jemma.
But despite giving birth to a healthy girl, Julie and husband John still forge ahead and fostered children for subsequent six years.
The couple then got another surprise when it was revealed Julie became pregnant with twins again.
Delivery via cesarean section, with two baby boys, Tom and Will, came home to a house of three sibling foster children, and six-year-old Jemma.
“I never thought it would be possible for me to have one child, let alone twins!” she admits.
And Julie wants to inspire other women who are having difficulty in child bearing to never give up.
She said, “I feel, having lost seven babies through miscarriage, that I’m a good advocate for ladies who are having problems conceiving.
“I tell them there’s always hope because I was able to bear three healthy youngsters.”
“We did worry whether fostering might have a negative impact on our own children’s lives because some of the children who have stayed with us have had such traumatic pasts. But we feel it’s made them realize how lucky they are.
Some of these children have never had a mattress to sleep on, or known where their next meal was coming from. For them, having clean bedsheets and proper meals makes such a difference.”