By SHAUNA ANDERSON
This mum’s birth story is unlike most you hear.
Giving birth to her baby girl has just that little bit more significance than the rest of our run-of-the-mill births.
Because, you see, it wasn’t just the day she had her baby it was also the very day she found out she was pregnant in the first place.
It was August 11 and Kim Walsh a 38-year old Sydney woman went to her doctor’s office with stomach cramps.
Kim has a life long history of polycystic ovary syndrome.
Polycystic ovary syndrome is a hormonal condition involving high levels of insulin or male hormones known as ‘androgens’, which trigger a range of symptoms such as obesity, irregular or no periods, acne, excess hair growth, diabetes risk and infertility.
Throughout her 15-year marriage Kim had been told repeatedly she would never have children due to her condition.
A heartbreaking thing for anyone to hear.
On August 11 KIm’s stomach cramps were troubling her and so she went to her 2pm doctors appointment.
What he told her shocked her to her core.
She walked back to her car where her husband waited.
” I climbed into the car” she told The Sydney Morning Herald.”
He asked: ‘How did you go?’ I told him: ‘You’re going to be a father … today’,”
By 4.30pm that day Kim and her husband Anthony were parents.
“Sheer disbelief” was how she described it.
Through a miraculous twist of fate baby Shelby was born. But things could have easily gone wrong.
Kim’s doctor, Charles McCusker Fairfield hospital’s head of obstetrics and gynaecology told The Sydney Morning Herald that there were countless crossroads, which could have seen an entirely different outcome, a tragic one.
You shudder to think what may have happened had Kim decided to brave out the cramps at home or if her GP had not done a pregnancy test.
“The outcome would have been tragic,” he told Fairfax Media.