Baby joy for woman who lost more than six stone to become a mum

Great Yarmouth super slimmer Sarah Burbage shares new baby snaps after losing over six stone for IVF

Sarah Burbage with baby Jack. She was told to lose weight to qualify for IVF on the NHS. - Credit: Sarah Burbage

A woman whose dream it was to become a mum has welcomed her first child after losing six stone to turn her wish into a reality.

Sarah Burbage suffered a string of miscarriages and then struggled to conceive when was told she was too big to qualify for IVF on the NHS.

Great Yarmouth couple's baby joy after Slimming World and IVF success

Baby Jack Burbage, named after his great-grandfather, is the result of a ten year journey to have a child for Sarah and Stephen Burbage from Great Yarmouth. - Credit: Sarah Burbage

It took the 38-year-old two years to drop over a third of her body weight and bring her BMI (body mass index) down to under 30.

She fell pregnant after a first round of fertility treatment at Bourn Hall in Wymondham.

Now baby Jack has arrived the new mum and her husband Stephen couldn't be happier.

Great Yarmouth's IVF baby joy after Slimming World success

Sarah and Stephen Burbage, from Great Yarmouth, welcome their longed-for baby Jack into the world. - Credit: Sarah Burbage

"I have been scared of having a baby since I was a teenager," she said. "I was petrified.

"But I would do it all again in a heartbeat.

"It was a fantastic experience, really lovely.

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"I had an amazing midwife and could not fault anyone at the James Paget.

"It was straightforward and quick."

Sarah Burbage lost weight with Slimming World and is now pregnant after qualifying for NHS IVF.

Sarah Burbage weighed over 19 stone and had a BMI of close to 40 which health professionals say increases the chances of miscarriage and complications in pregnancy. - Credit: supplied by Sarah Burbage

Jack was born after a 12-hour labour weighing 6lbs 11oz.

The only downside was the discovery - after six attempts to insert an epidural - that she had a sclerosis of the spine, which since it isn't troubling her will probably not need surgery.

Sarah Burbage pregnancy joy after weight loss and IVF

Sarah Burbage with husband Stephen. The couple have welcomed their first child Jack after Sarah lost an incredible 6.5 stone and had successful fertility treatment through IVF at Bourn Hall, Wymondham. - Credit: suppled by Sarah Burbage

Back at home, baby Jack, now 10 weeks old has settled into family life as if he had always been there.

"He is really good, so settled," she said.

"Being a mum is all that I hoped for and more.

Sarah Burbage loses 6.5 stone to get pregnant with NHS

Sarah Burbage has lost 6.5 stone with Slimming World and was so impressed she has become a consultant herself leading two groups in Newtown, Great Yarmouth, and preparing to launch a third. - Credit: supplied by Sarah Burbage

"It was ten years and a lot of heartbreak in the making. But where I am now you forget all of that and think it was all part of the process.

Mrs Burbage, of Jellicoe Road, Great Yarmouth, lost the weight through Slimming World and its "syns" programme which she says is about "understanding who you are" and "eating in balance".

So impressed was she with the method she set up her own group at Newtown Methodist Church.

She now has over 100 clients, many with issues around fertility and diabetes, and is launching her third class on June 23.

The three classes take place on a Thursday at 9.30am, 5.30pm and 7pm.