Name: Raphael Cole-Newton
Date of Birth: 02/04/2009
As requested, our story for your newsletter.
We turned to foresight in 2007 after 2 unexplained miscarriages and a long period of 'infertility'. We saw a nutritionist who advised us on our food intolerances and diet. Our hair analysis found I was low in all minerals and my husband was full of lead. We followed the supplement plan and other recommendations to the letter, and completely gave up alcohol and caffeine, I even gave up sugar (and I'm an addict), amazing what you can achieve with a determined goal.. We decided even if it didnt work we would at least be healthier and it all made so much sense.
We were still advised to have further investigations into the miscarriages and so were referred to St Mary's in London for tests. So convinced were we there was nothing wrong we just went to cover all angles. We were sure Foresight was the way forward for us. Unfortunately I was found to have 3 different blood clotting disorders and advised to take aspirin and heparin at the next pregnancy and told my chances of having a successful pregnancy without it were almost zero. This could, (although we'll never know) have explained the miscarriages but not the infertility so we carried on with Foresight anyway.
It was well over a year before we were given the go ahead to try to conceive. We conceived the first month of trying! Unfortunately this pregnancy also ended in miscarriage - albeit two weeks later than before. My heparin was increased for next time as investigations revealed the fetus was healthy, it was me with the problem. I hated taking the aspirin as Foresight don't agree with it, but when you so desperately want a baby and thats what you get told by the 'experts' you do it.
It was only 4 months later we conceived again, in Oct 2008 and again on the first month of trying (obviously Foresight). This time I also used a homeopath and we had Roy Riggs do a house check and puchased an earthing mat, so we had covered every angle in Foresight. This pregnancy carried on... but only to 24 weeks gestation as I was unfortunately plagued with problems and eventually went into premature labour. However we were blessed with a little boy - Raphael (Rafe) - who weighed only 740g and did have to spend six months in intensive care but after being told many times he was going to die, and unfortunately has cerebral palsy due to a brain bleed early after birth, is here, healthy and happy .
I was actually found to have an additional problem to blood clotting - 2 uteruses with only a 50/50 chance of carrying a pregnancy to term. So against all the odds I managed the almost impossible .
We'll never know whether Foresight helped the fourth pregnancy go further, all we know is it definitely helped us conceive and there were other observations made:-
1. When he was in hospital the doctors commented on how well developed he was for his gestation - they'd never seen a baby of that age in such good condition.
Nurses commented on how alert 'nosy' he was as he got older.
2. He was the only baby of our 'group' to go home off oxygen even compared to babies born much later in gestation. Incidentally I did have a natural birth, not caesarean, which has been said to help the lungs, but we also refused all vaccinations - they would have done them at 8 weeks - he wouldn't have even been out the womb yet!
3. Most babies in our 'group' were in and out of hospital all Winter, not Raphael, and he only caught one cold - from us on coming home.
4. We were strongly advised for him to have the swine flu jab - we refused. babies that did had constant problems with their lungs afterwards, and are still having problems now.
5. We constantly get told what a happy, contented and alert baby Rafe is. Even the medical profession are surprised how healthy, responsive and alert he is.
6. A nurse friend recently commented on how she could always recognise a baby born prematurely but didn't believe Rafe was when looking at a photo.
7. I was one of the few mothers able to keep producing breastmilk without medical assistance and this was by mechanical means as Rafe was tube fed for 5 months as too weak to breast feed. I am still breastfeeding now after over a year and am still on the Foresight programme which I believe is helping him tremendously- and has helped me to get through a very traumatic time.
8. At his brain MRI at term, even though one side of his brain had a cyst (empty space) from the bleed, the rest of the brain cells including the nerves surrounding the cyst had myelinated perfectly. It was said it is rare to see such perfect formation in that scenario.
All I can say is if I had to have a baby early thank heavens I was on Foresight - I truly believe if it hadn't been for that Raphael wouldn't be here now. Even though he has cerebral palsy and is delayed in development we achieved our dream against all the odds, and now have a gorgeous, happy and content little boy which considering the traumatic start he had is extraordinary. Incidentally I was 39 when I conceived Rafe and haven't given up hope of a sibling for him.
Thank you so much Foresight for all your help and advice
Eloise and David Cole-Newton
P.S. If anyone is interested in removing nasty nitrates from their tap water, (and many other nasties) there is a filter made by 'Pozzani' which does the job. Incidently most ordinary jug filters dont remove nitrates. The filter is No 10, fits under your sink and has a separate feeder tap for the filtered water. The system can be fitted in as little as 30 mins, costs approx £100 and the resulting water is unbelievably clear. The filters last 6 months and the cost of replacements works out similar to a jug filter.