Mum takes her own life after discovering she was pregnant with her eighth child.

Warning: This post deals with suicide and may be triggering for some readers.

Carla Murtagh was a mum of seven, and had just discovered she was pregnant with her eighth child.

On November 6, 2016, the 34-year-old took her own life as her family prepared to celebrate a birthday, the Birmingham Mail reports.

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Carla Murtagh was pregnant with her eighth child at the time of her death. Image via Facebook.

An inquest into her death a Birmingham Coroner’s Court was told that Carla had decided to terminate her eighth pregnancy after she learned she was pregnant again.

"We were shocked because it wasn't planned," her husband Matthew told the inquest.

"She considered having an abortion because we already had so many children.

"She was upset, and we were discussing how we were going to have another baby."

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Carla and her husband, Matthew. Image via Facebook.

Carla consulted with her GP, and told him she wanted an abortion. After being told she wasn't able to get an appointment in her home town, a midwife was later able to arrange an appointment.

"She wanted a termination. She was very unsure about her dates of the pregnancy," midwife Donna Grey said.

"After the consultation, she said, 'Thank you. You've given me what I've been asking for, for a long time'."

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Carla wanted to terminate her pregnancy when she discovered she was pregnant. Image via Facebook.

But two days before her death, Carla - who had previously struggled with depression - told Donna she had decided to keep the baby after a "family discussion".

Matthew told the court his wife woke up in a "bad mood" on the day of her death, but otherwise seemed fine.

After returning from buying a birthday cake at the store with two of his children, Carla headed to another room.


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"She ... told me that she wanted to be left alone," he said.

"I went ... to dish up the dinner and went to get her."

After noticing his wife had been "acting quiet", Matthew discovered his wife's body, and began CPR as paramedics arrived.

She was taken to Heartlands Hospital, where doctors performed an emergency caesarean on Carla, who was then 25 weeks pregnant.

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Carla and Matthew on their wedding day. Image via Facebook.

The baby was stillborn, and Carla was pronounced dead a short time later.

An investigation into her death found there were no failures on the part of her GP or midwives in relation to her death.

"This is a tragedy, and for the family I am so very sorry. It is very sad and you have had to sit through some difficult evidence," Coroner Louise Hunt said at the conclusion of the inquest.

"In time I hope you can remember the Carla you all loved and not in the sad way that she lost her life."

If you or a loved one is suffering from depression, Mamamia urges you to contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636. 

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