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At just 21-years-old Kayla Glover discovered she was both pregnant, and had cancer. A heartbreaking juxtaposition – the happiness of growing a new life, and the anguish of battling for her own.

The incredible mum-to-be looked at the road ahead with positivity, and her story is one of inspiration, determination and the ability to see the good in every situation.

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Kayla Glover pregnancy

Kayla’s pregnancy and birth were both documented by photographer Sara Hunter who captured Kayla’s vulnerability and strength as she underwent treatment during her pregnancy.  “I found out I was pregnant and had a 12cm x 10cm x 5cm mass on my right ovary,” Kayla detailed on TikTok. “Doctors kept telling me pregnancy hormones will make it shrink.”

At five-months pregnant, Kayla had surgery to remove the tumour and her right ovary, and she had her first round of chemotherapy at six-months pregnant. Her belief and positivity never wavered.  “I acknowledged my situation, moved on and let everything flow naturally. Most importantly, I always looked on the bright side.”

A determined birth

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Kayla had weekly appointments to check on her baby, and had her sixth and final round of chemo at eight-months pregnant. She wanted nothing more than the birth on her own terms, even though doctors thought she would be too weak. But she proved them wrong, enduring 35 hours of labour.

“Through the whole process of doing chemotherapy she was still determined to have her baby vaginally at the birth centre,” her birth photographer Sara told Mouths of Mums. “At the end of chemo the doctor said as long as she could go two weeks before going into labour she could birth naturally. So that was the plan.

“It was a long night of labour. In and out of the tub, the bed, with her partner by her side the whole time. She was so determined. In the end the midwife called it which is the photo of her hugging the midwife and crying. She was just exhausted so she ended up transferring to the hospital, getting an epidural, rest and then vaginally birthing her son.”

Sara Hunter birth photos

With her baby safely in her arms, Kayla booked in postpartum photos, and they are just as moving as her maternity and birth image.

Kayla Glover pregnancy

Mum pregnant with cancer

“The postpartum shoot was so much fun,” Sara said. “I had done her maternity session for free so of course I wanted to do the postpartum and newborn photos. She had hair growing in by this time and her baby was perfect and healthy.

“She was actually dancing and swaying while I was photographing her holding her son. She’s such a free spirit. Her cancer is gone now and she is doing so good.”

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  • What a courageous and strong Mum she is. I’m so happy she is now cancer free and she can look forward to the future with her partner and their beautiful son. Congratulations to you both

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  • Incredible story! Such a beautiful, strong Mumma. I wish them all the best and hope life showers them with blessings.

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  • Wow! What a beautiful story with such an amazingly positive outcome

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  • That’s a beautiful story and what a blessing that all went well !

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  • This brought tears to my eyes.
    Such a battler she is! Congrats to them both and congrats to her beating the cancer.
    Praying it doesn’t come back.

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  • Gosh. What a strong lady, in what must have been so scary. Inspirational. What an incredible family they are already, and so young.

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  • What an amazing and inspirational story. So glad there was a happy ending.

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  • What a beautiful story. She’s going to be an amazing mum now and later.

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  • Such a strong woman

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  • I am so elated at your healing and progress and seeing the joy you have experienced in the birth of your son. My heartiest congratulations to you and your partner on becoming parents. What a beautiful boy you have birthed. I wish you joy, peace, love, happiness, and bountiful health as you continue on your journey of life with your new baby boy and partner. May you abound in all things as you grow together and go from strength to strength. You are a beautiful woman and you are to be congratulated for the courage you have shown throughout the challenges you have faced and come through. I wish you happiness and wellbeing from henceforth and forevermore. Blessings to the three of you.

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  • thankyou for sharing, a very brave Mum and so lucky to have such great support. It will be a story her son will be able to bravely share when he gets older

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  • I have so much respect for this woman and her bravery in sharing her story. Best of luck to her and her young family.

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  • Such an inspiring story. Thank you for sharing this.

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  • What an amazing story and such a strong woman. Well done Kayla you have done incredibly well. Having had cancer twice myself, I know how hard it can be at times, but whilst pregnant that is certainly extraordinary.

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  • What a brave strong woman.

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