Miracle at Christmas as couple cradle newborn baby after years of anguish and agony – Hull Live

A couple desperate to start a family for over six years have welcomed their very own "Christmas miracle" baby boy into the world.

Laura Malton, 30 and Matthew Levitt, 31, faced a heartbreaking six years after struggling with infertility, multiple failed IVF cycles and the agonising loss of their first little boy Ralphie in 2017.

The couple announced to the world the birth of their baby boy Ollie Matthew Frank Levitt on Christmas Eve Eve at 9.10am at a healthy 6lb 7.5oz.

On their very own little Christmas miracle, Laura said: "I could finally bring our perfect little boy home in time for Christmas.

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"He is truly a miracle baby and we owe everything to the wonderful NHS care we have received over the last six years."

The couple lost their first child after he was born extremely prematurely due to a cervical incompetence in 2017, a heartbreaking loss that completely changed the couple's life forever.

Ralphie was born at 23 weeks old at a tiny 1lb 6oz, and despite his size was deemed an "absolute warrior" by his loving parents.

The couple were only able to spend "just short of 30 amazing hours with him in this world" but continue to love him every single day.

After Ralphie's passing, Laura set up the "Ralphie and the Rainbow" on social media, where she aimed to raise awareness of baby loss and infertility and support others going through the same thing.

The pages document everything from the couples final embryo transfer to sharing support for other hopeful families who have also undergone IVF.

The pages also allowed Laura to share her feelings and grief for Ralphie, paying tribute to him in tough times and on birthdays and holidays.

Along with her beautiful stories of Ralphie, the couple continued to document their journey to bring a second baby into the world - and never gave up hope to one day grow their family.

After years of unsuccessful IVF attempts, Laura and Matthew decided to go forward with adoption applications at the start of the year.

It was then that the couple faced another blow, after coronavirus put a stop the process leaving the hopeful parents "devastated, again".

Although, shortly after receiving the dreadful news, it was then that the pair were not only told that Laura was pregnant, but that it was a natural conception.

The couple were over the moon but were unsurprisingly left feeling anxious for the duration of the pregnancy, due to their past experience with Ralphie.

"The delivery was just perfect from start to finish, we were so well cared for by the whole team, including our midwife Hazel who has looked after me so well for the whole pregnancy." said Laura.

"It's amazing to have the family grow by one just in time for Christmas, but we became parents in 2017 when Ralphie was born.

"We always try to include him in everything we do in some way. He left a huge hole in our lives."

She gave special thanks to consultant Mr Biervliet from Hull Women & Childrens Hospital who delivered Ollie yesterday via c-section, and consultant Mr Simpson from Leeds General Infirmary who performed surgery allowing her to carry the baby boy.

Laura and Matthew also had to cancel their wedding due to coronavirus but Laura said: "None of that matters now - obviously! It's been the best year ever for us."

They have re-booked their wedding for October 2021.

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