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'dark place' Distraught Rosanna Davison told her husband Wes to 'go free' after they struggled for baby

She and husband Wes Quirke had daughter Sophia via gestational surrogacy in November 2019 after years of heartache and trying to start a family.

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Rosanna Davison interviewed by Sile Seoige

Rosanna Davison interviewed by Sile Seoige

Rosanna Davison interviewed by Sile Seoige

ROSANNA Davison revealed she went to a "dark place" after struggling to start a family and even felt her husband would be better off leaving her.

In a new TG4 documentary fronted by Síle Seoige exploring the pain and stigma around miscarriages, Rosanna said she was "so used to not getting my hopes up when I got pregnant".

She and husband Wes Quirke had daughter Sophia via gestational surrogacy in November 2019 after years of heartache and trying to start a family.

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Rosanna Davison and husband Wesley Quirke with their twins

Rosanna Davison and husband Wesley Quirke with their twins

Rosanna Davison and husband Wesley Quirke with their twins

Then just a few weeks into the start of the first lockdown in April 2020, Rosanna (36) found herself pregnant naturally with twin baby boys, who were born in November 2020.

But that was after the sadness of 14 early miscarriages.

In the documentary Deireadh Tochta she recalls the moment she realised she was having twins.

"He took a scan and he detected a heartbeat. And right up there on this big screen in front of me, we saw two foetuses and two beating hearts and he goes 'Yep, it's twins.'

"I really, deeply believed my body wasn't capable of growing a baby and I would never carry my own child and I made peace with that.

"I don't put everything I am as a human and as a woman on my ability to conceive and procreate.

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Sophia is now walking

Sophia is now walking

Sophia is now walking

"But it does make you question who you are to the person you love and to your partner."

At one point she told Wes that she would understand if he left her for someone else to start a family.

"Wes had married me obviously because he wanted to marry me but also because he wanted to have a family with me," she said.

"There was a point in about 2017 that I said to Wes, 'If you want to go and find someone else to have a family with, I will totally support that'.

"I just thought that it was the right thing to do - to tell him to go free."

She said often the pressure that women put on themselves is huge.

"I let that all go when we went into lockdown so it obviously helped relax me as these boys were conceived a few weeks later," she said.

During the hour-long documentary, on TG4 this Wednesday at 9.30pm, host Síle speaks about her own two pregnancy losses.

She also speaks with different couples, women and medics.


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