Our Journey

2002 Uterine Fibroid Surgery #1

2003 1st consult with an RE, you know, just in case

2003 Got Married (at 37 (me) & 34 (DH) years old)

2003/2004 Naturally conceived pregnancies BFPs #1, #2, & #3 and miscarriages #1, #2, #3

2005 Uterine Fibroid Surgery #2

2005 IVF #1, BFN #1

2005 IUIs #1 and #2, just because, BFN #2 & #3

2005 FET from IVF #1, BFN #4

2006 Exploratory surgery to remove scar tissue from fibroid sugery #2

2006 IVF #2 (w PGD), BFP #4

2006 Emergency cerclage for IC @ 16w6d (5 months + 1 week of complete bed rest at home ensues)

2007 Our son is born @ 38w by scheduled c-section

2007 IVF #3 for baby #2, BFN #5

2007 IVF #4, BFP #5, miscarriage #4

2008 IVF #5, BFP #6, miscarriage #5

2008 IVF #6, BFP #7, miscarriage #6

2008 DE IVF #7, BFN #6

2009 DEFET #8, cancelled, embryos don't thaw

2010 Decide to adopt domestically

12.17.10 Profile is live with our agency

November 2011 Consult with RE re: donated embryo cycle

Early January 2012 Cleared to proceed with deFET

January 2012 Freeze our profile

1.20.12 deFET begins
2.12.12 eSET of one compacted morula
2.22.12 BFN

3.23.12 deFET #2 begins
4.14.12 transfer 3 embryos (1-8 cell, 1-5 cell, 1-4 cell)
4.22.12 + HPT
4.24.12 Beta #1 = 48.4
4.26.12 Beta #2 = 125.7
4.30.12 Beta #3 = 777.8
5.11.12 1st U/S - Singleton!
7.12.12 It's a Boy!
12.26.12 C-section: Baby G is born, 9#5oz, 20.5"



The Today Show’s “Creating a Miracle” Segments

As someone who has been affected by and involved with infertility for over 10 years, I always eagerly anticipate main stream media attention to the struggle and processes that face couples undergoing IVF. I usually hold my breath through the segment, hoping, Hoping, HOPING, they’ll get it right, use the right terminology, set the right tone, capture the realities from the cost to the physical and emotional pain. I’m often disappointed but try to appreciate the effort because it is helpful to shed light on infertility in America.

In a series of live segments, The Today Show showcased IVF, both an egg retrieval and ICSI on their show this morning. The too earnest Savannah Guthrie kept teasing ‘live conception’ in the bumpers, which, while true, seemed sensational. That said, as the mother of two sons both conceived by technology that has only been available since the late 1970s, I’ll admit to being choked up as the history of IVF going back to the successful live birth of Louise Brown, the world’s first ‘test tube’ baby (oh, how far we’ve come, and how much we owe to the pioneering women who dared undergo early IVF), was recounted and throughout the interview with the couple who’d been trying to conceive for 9 years and used their savings on this one and only shot at IVF, to the up close and well narrated live operating room glimpse into her egg retrieval which was followed by the laboratory view of ICSI. This all took place at Infertility Center of St. Louis with the renowned Dr. Silber who is no novice to shedding the spotlight on IVF as he did previously in his series, The Baby Lab, on Discovery Health in 2004.

The doctor of all trades, Dr. Nancy Snyderman, was on hand to narrate and her enthusiasm for the science being played out in front of her was genuine as if to impress upon people ‘this IS cool’. And, to see it, each of the many follicles being aspirated and then to see the perfectly mature egg being ICSId minutes later really was cool.

But, behind the science and advances in technology, there is a real life couple whose hopes and dreams of finally having a baby, hang in the balance. She had so many same sized follicles, so many eggs fertilized, that there was a lot of hope. Dr. Silber all but guaranteed a successful outcome. I’m not sure if they will air her transfer (and, yes, even Dr. Snyderman referred to it as ‘implantation’) but they said they would follow-up with the couple to learn the result of the cycle. Please, please, please let her get pregnant as to live out a BFN on national TV would be too much to ask of her, really.

To their credit, the segments touched on many salient facts: the average cost of IVF is in the $12K-$17K range, most IVF is not covered by insurance, to reduce higher order multiples Dr. Silber responsibly only transfers up to two embryos, the remaining embryos will be frozen, those can be used for future attempts or, as Dr. Snyderman astutely pointed out, could be given to another couple (I gasped out loud that she was cognizant enough to put that very viable option out there, not only for waiting couples but for those who have frozen embryos who might be inspired to donate them). Good job.

I’d say that this was the most accurate portrayal of IVF on mainstream TV that I’ve seen. And, thank goodness, because Katie Couric is airing a segment on her show set to air on 9/30/13 on ‘embryo donation and adoption’ that I’m sure will be cringe worthy since it features a discussion with the marketing and program director from Nightline Christian Adoptions as well as profiles couples who adopted embryos through Snowflakes. Set your DVRs. You know I’ll be watching.

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