22/12/2011 05:49 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Mum Spent 10 Weeks And 24 Hours A Day Lying Upside Down To Prevent Miscarrying Her Baby

Donna Kelly lying in tilted bed

A mum-to-be spent 10 weeks lying upside down on a hospital bed to prevent her miscarrying her baby.

Donna Kelly lay on the tilted hospital bed for 24 hours a day as a radical measure to ensure she had a healthy birth after suffering two miscarriages.

Five months into her pregnancy, Donna, 29, was told by doctors there was a chance she would lose another baby, so they came up with the radical idea which resulted in the happy ending of Donna giving birth to her healthy daughter, Amelia.

"'I was surprised when she told me to lie in bed at a tilt but I was ready to give anything a try," said Donna.

"It made me feel sick at first but after a couple of days my body adjusted and I soon got used to it. I propped myself up with pillows and the barrier round the bed kept me from falling out.

Donna Kelly, Joshua and Amelia in tilted bed SWNS

"I'd even have to stay in the bed to eat by rolling on to my side, but I'd always have a dead arm by the end.


It could be boring at times but I knew it wouldn't be as painful as losing my baby.


Ultrasound scans had shown that damage to the neck of her womb, or cervix, meant the baby had dropped too far down.

So to alter the force of gravity on her cervix, Donna lay in a bed tilted at a 45 degree angle with her feet pointing upwards.

Mum spent 10 weeks and 24 hours a day lying upside down to prevent miscarrying her baby SWNS

She had to eat, read and watch television in the bed at University Hospital in Coventry, only getting out of it to go to the toilet.

Doctors think Donna's cervix was weakened during the natural birth of her son, Joshua, four years ago. They think this caused her to miscarry in January 2009 at 23 weeks and again in May 2010 at 19 weeks.

This time Donna was given cream containing the hormone progesterone to help strengthen the cervix and prevent infection. She also underwent a cervical stitch at 14 weeks to strengthen the neck of the womb, but by 23 weeks the cervix had re-opened.

Mum spent 10 weeks and 24 hours a day lying upside down to prevent miscarrying her baby SWNS

Donna gave birth to 4lb 15oz Amelia by emergency Caesarean in August after her waters broke six weeks early.

The little girl spent two weeks in an incubator in intensive care before Donna and husband, Mark were allowed to take her home, where she is now thriving.

Congratulations Donna, Mark and Joshua.