After two painful losses, Dallas couple has reason to celebrate Mother's Day

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by JANET ST. JAMES

WFAA

Posted on May 9, 2013 at 10:48 PM

Updated Thursday, May 9 at 11:43 PM

DALLAS -- Last year, Becca Edwards spent Mother's Day in the hardest place she could have imagined: at the grave of her son, Caleb.

After years of struggling with infertility and failed treatments, Becca and her husband, Justin, had been overjoyed when they conceived a child through in-vitro fertilization.

The baby boy seemed perfectly healthy growing inside her.

His heartbeat suddenly went silent just five weeks before his due date.

"I didn't believe it," Becca said. "I was in total shock. I just lay there baffled, just looking around."

"To think, that we were five weeks away from having our child that we had been waiting for for years," Justin added, "it was just devastating."

Labor was induced. It lasted 13 hours before Becca delivered.

"You want to see the baby that you carried for so long, that you imagined," she said through tears. "I mean, you dreamed of what he would look like."

Instead, the Edwards were left with a pair of footprints in a baby book.

Doctors blamed pre-eclampsia, a medical condition involving high blood pressure that can take the lives of both mother and child, for the loss.

"But she didn't give up," explained Dr. Walid Saleh, Becca's fertility specialist at the Sher Fertility Clinic in Dallas. "After her stillbirth, she came back for her second cycle with us. We were able to get two this time, so it was pure luck."

But, pure luck would become bad luck for one of the twins.

"I didn't even have to look or hear anything," Becca said of seeing her doctor's face during a routine sonogram. "I just saw her face and it's like, 'Just please, not again.'"

One twin died in-utero.

The body can absorb a miscarried twin. That's exactly what happened in Becca's case.

Fertility experts say what happened to her should actually be a message of hope for those trying to conceive.

After losing two babies and immense heartbreak, Becca remained strong for the surviving twin she was still carrying.

Several weeks before she was due, Becca again showed early signs of pre-eclampsia. Rather than take chances, labor was induced.

This time, there was a happy ending.

Audrey Lynn was born a healthy four pounds, ten ounces on February 21; a living testimony to perseverance.

And while Audrey will never meet her twin or her big brother, she has given Justin and Becca Edwards a reason to celebrate Mother's Day.

E-mail jstjames@wfaa.com

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