Baby joy for first-time mum - aged 48
A woman who was told she would never have children after suffering cervical cancer, has spoken of her joy at the birth of her first child, aged 48.
Ingajayne Ferguson, from Diss, was diagnosed with cancer when she was in her 20s. At the time, doctors also discovered that she had polycystic ovary syndrome, which can make pregnancy unlikely.
The administration assistant, of Hawthorne Close, spent her life thinking she would never have children and would often get upset as motherhood passed her by.
But in February, she defied the odds by giving birth to a bouncy baby boy, weighing 7lbs 12ozs. It also followed two miscarriages in the last four years.
“I still can’t quite believe it,” said Ingajayne. “Most of my friends have grandchildren by now and I have spent my whole life believing I would never have a family.
“When Luke was born, both me and my partner, Lee, were in floods of tears. He really is a little miracle.
“We’ve named him after Luke Skywalker, because we are both Star Wars fans. Perhaps the force was with us all the time.”
Ingajayne was just 21 when she discovered she had cervical cancer.
“I had an operation about a month later and, at the time, just got on with things,” she said.
“Doctors also discovered I had polycystic ovaries so I just thought ‘Oh well, I’ll never have children’, and just carried on.
“It was difficult when I got into my 30s and my friends started having children, including my twin sister Rita, who had a boy and a girl. I would get tearful.”
Ingajayne was married twice before meeting her current partner, Lee, 48, an HGV driver.
“Both my previous partners knew I could never have children, but they had children of their own and we were happy together, getting on with life.”
Ingajayne met Lee at work in 2013. After moving in together, Ingajayne fell pregnant in June 2014, when she was 44. She lost the baby at 11 weeks. “We were devastated,” she said.
She fell pregnant again nine months later, but again lost her baby, at just eight weeks.
“When I found out I was pregnant a third time, I was so scared,” she said.
“The doctor asked if it was IVF and I said ‘No, it’s natural’. He was very surprised.
“I was told I would be monitored closely and that if it is meant to be, it will be.”
Luke was born at Norfolk and Norwich Hospital on February 20.
Ingajayne is now one of the lead campaigners to keep Diss Children’s Centre open, which she visits three times a week.
It is one of the centres earmarked for closure by Norfolk County Council.
“The staff at the centre have been amazing,” said Ingajayne.
“I have lived my life not really paying attention to motherhood because I never thought I would have a family.
“Their help and advice has been so important. I don’t know how I would have coped without it.
“If it closed, it would be dreadful and a major loss to the community.”