Couple keeps having babies despite birth control, vasectomy

One mom of five is as fertile as a peach — and is trying like hell to shut down her uncanny baby-making machinery.

UK mom Kate Harman, 39, has defied the odds multiple times — by getting pregnant twice while on birth control and conceiving a “miracle” baby three years after her husband’s vasectomy.

The mind-boggled beautician, who lives in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, is incredulous at having “the worst luck ever” with contraception and vows to get sterilized before anymore surprise bundles of joy arise, reported Kennedy News and Media.

Kate and her 38-year-old husband, Dan, insist they already have a full house with five kiddos, ages 2 to 20.

Baby No. 1, Charlie, now 20, was conceived while Kate claimed she was on the pill, chalking up that surprise pregnancy to either her irritable bowel syndrome symptoms or medication interfering with the contraception.

Kate and Dan Harman have defied the odds, having two kids while on birth control and another after a vasectomy, calling themselves the most “unlucky couple when it comes to contraception.”
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"Miracle" baby Buddy, now 2, was conceived after Dan had a vasectomy, considered to be 99.9 percent effective at preventing pregnancies.
“Miracle” baby Buddy, now 2, was conceived after Dan had a vasectomy, which is considered to be 99.9 percent effective at preventing pregnancies.
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New dad Dan Harman bonds with his newborn son Buddy.
New dad Dan Harman bonds with his newborn son Buddy.
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Dan and Kate Harman with their "miracle" baby, Buddy.
Dan and Kate Harman with their “miracle” baby, Buddy.
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Then came sons Alfie, now 14, and Stanley, 8, after which Kate went on the pill — getting reassurance from her doctor to try the birth control route again. But that didn’t stop her from getting pregnant a mere six months later with baby number four, their daughter, Lottie, now 7.

“Because we’d had our little girl who was also a surprise, I said ‘I’m not going on any more birth control, I’m done’ and he said ‘I’ll have a vasectomy,’” she told Kennedy News. After Lottie, Dan opted for a vasectomy in July 2015, hoping to give Kate’s womb a bit of a reprieve.

“He was meant to send a specimen off to get his sperm count checked, and I was on his case all the time saying ‘Get it checked, you’ve got to send it off,’ and he was like ‘No, the doctor said it’s 99.9% effective, I’m ok,’” said Kate.

Kate Harman, here with her five kids, ages 2 to 20, said, "I'm really maternal, just love babies and having a big family."
Kate and Dan Harman, here with their five kids, ages 2 to 20. “I’m really maternal, just love babies and having a big family,” said Kate, whose children are Buddy, 2, Lottie, 7, Stanley, 8, Alfie, 14, and Charlie, 20.
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Traditionally, a vasectomy is 99.9 percent effective at preventing pregnancies, according to the Cleveland Clinic. But the Harmans are indefatigable baby-making machines.

“So we carried on as usual and I’ve been having unprotected sex for three or four years — then I was late on my period. I’m never late; I’m always early, usually,” she said.

When Kate realized her period was five days late, she took a pregnancy test and was gobsmacked when it turned up positive.

“I had the complete shock of my life,” admitted Kate, whose family lives in a four-bedroom house. “I went out to get another pregnancy test and a men’s home fertility test, and we both did them and mine was positive and his sperm count was normal.

“He was, like, ‘I can’t believe I’ve had this effing operation and it didn’t work,’ and we were both just laughing in the bathroom,” she recalled. “He said, ‘I went through all of that pain for nothing,’ and I was, like, ‘Oh, well, never mind.’ “

Dan and Kate Harman were "shocked" when they found out she was pregnant following Dan's vasectomy.
Dan and Kate Harman were “shocked” when they found out she was pregnant following Dan’s vasectomy.
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The Harman family poses for a holiday portrait.
The Harman family poses for a holiday portrait.
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Kate Harman gives the thumbs-up in a portrait with her son Buddy, now 2.
Kate Harman gives the thumbs-up in a portrait with her son Buddy, now 2.
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Doctors speculated that, though Dan’s vasectomy seemed to work for a few years, his tubes apparently had rejoined.

While Kate suffered a miscarriage with that baby, the couple were inspired by the miracle conception and tried again. Weeks later, baby number five — Buddy, now 2 — was conceived.

Kate even flirted with the idea of going for baby number six during the pandemic. “I’m really maternal, just love babies and having a big family,” the baby-making machine insisted.

The Harman kids include (from left) Charlie, 20, Alfie, 14, Stanley, 8, Lottie, 7, and Buddy, 2.
The Harman kids include (from left) Charlie, 20, Alfie, 14, Stanley, 8, Lottie, 7, and Buddy, 2.
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Dan and Kate Harman pose with son Buddy.
Dan and Kate Harman pose with their son Buddy.
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For now, she’s apparently done trying to control what the future — or her womb — will hold.

“I think we could definitely be the most unlucky couple when it comes to contraception — that’s why I’m getting sterilized,” she said. “I’ve read up on it and not all sterilizations are 100 percent effective either, so Dan’s already said that if I do fall pregnant after the sterilzsation, it’s meant to be.”

If all else fails, the couple can just try to get ahead of the game and invest in Pampers.

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