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They couldn’t have children of their own

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Tuesday, December 12, 2017 | 0 comments

Image: They couldn't have children of their ownThey tried for three years before the truth came into focus: John and Tracy Beckham couldn't have children of their own.

Infertility treatments were ineffective.

Tracy became pregnant several times, but because of a reproductive disorder, none of the pregnancies reached full term.

We wanted to have kids, John says. We wanted to have a big family. That's part of just who we are, I guess.

A family friend suggested the couple consider adoption or even becoming licensed for foster care. So they did both. The Beckhams adopted 6-month-old Sarah in 1988, and a few months after that, they brought home baby Rick.

Tracy estimates that about 20 youngsters, many of whom are now in their 20s, have lived in the Beckhams' four-bedroom home for at least three years. More have spent weeks or months there.

At age 43, she again became pregnant. The months passed, and there was no bad news.

Seventeen years after the couple had stopped trying to have a baby of their own, Tracy was pregnant with a daughter the couple would name Eliza.

The way it all turned out, Tracy says, you could've never imagined.

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Originally posted in October 7, 2011.

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Image: Making Babies the Hard Way: Living with Infertility and Treatment, by Caroline Gallup. Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Pub; 1 edition (May 15, 2007)Making Babies the Hard Way: Living with Infertility and Treatment
by Caroline Gallup

-- A frank account of one couple's discovery that they cannot have children of their own, and their ensuing struggle through four years of fertility treatment.

One in six couples worldwide seek assistance to conceive and 80 per cent of couples undergoing fertility treatment are currently unsuccessful.

Writing with humour and honesty, Caroline Gallup describes the social, emotional, spiritual and physical impact of infertility on her and her husband, Bruce, including feelings of bereavement for the absent child, the unavoidable sense of inadequacy and the day-to-day difficulties of financial pressure.

As well as telling her own moving story, she also offers information and guidance for others who are infertile, or who are considering or undergoing treatment.

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About Catherine: I am mom to three grown sons, two grandchildren and two rescue dogs. After years of raising my boys as a single mom, I remarried a wonderful man who had never had a child of his own. Unexpectedly, I found myself pregnant at 49!
Sadly we lost our precious baby at 8 weeks, and decided to try again. Five more losses, turned down for donor egg, foster care and adoption due to my age and losses - we have accepted there will be no more babies in our house.

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