Meet a family of 15
Shirley Wilson has
So why is she having fertility treatment?
loves being a mum so much she is desperate for more.
In fact she would like
at least two more babies and says her need is as strong as if she were trying
for her first.
"I want another baby 100%, I am just
not ready to give up yet," Shirley told BBC Inside Out reporter Jo Healey.
and her husband Mark live life in the fast lane with 13 children to look after.
They range in ages from 18 months to 20-years-old, and all of them still
live at home.
"Yes it's hard work, everything is
times 13", said Mark.
"But I would do it all over again. I wouldn't
miss having 13 children for the world. It's great."
the chaos; I love the running about, sorting them out. I just love it.
is so rewarding and I'm not ready to stop yet," adds Shirley.
|Family group at wedding vows renewal ceremony|
Inside Out filmed the Wilson family over many months in Lincoln
and the results provide a fascinating insight into BIG family life.
50 loads of washing get done a week.
They get through one washing machine,
one dishwasher and one three piece suite a year through wear and tear ... and
the weekly food bill tops £400.
But they loathe the "big family
Dad, Mark Wilson earns £30,000 a year as an electrician
and supports his family. Our children, our responsibility, they insist.
Inside Out followed Shirley's desperate quest to get pregnant again.
Surprisingly it doesn't come naturally for her. She had to take a fertility drug
to ovulate every time.
After 13 babies and 12 miscarriages the couple were
prepared to pay for IVF for baby number 14.
But Shirley is 45 and her age
and the waiting lists were stacked against her.
Mark and Shirley renewed
their wedding vows in a big celebration filmed exclusively by the BBC Inside Out
But they told us the best silver wedding present they could hope for
would be another baby.
Links relating to this story:
The BBC is not
responsible for the content of external websites