- Posted October 4, 2010 by
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Your test-tube baby story
- katie, CNN iReport producer
My husband and I rode the infertility roller coaster for 7 long, twisted, bumpy years before the successful landing of our first child in October 2009. We were married in 2001 and agreed to begin our family ASAP. After two years we were finally pregnant! Unfortunately that pregnancy ended in a miscarriage, as did the following 3 pregnancies. We decided to see a specialist to determine the problem. After multiple tests I learned I had a large polyp in my uterus and both of my fallopian tubes were full of benign polyps. I had surgery to remove the polyps and we were given the green light to try again. Six months later we found out we were pregnant (for the 5th time). We did not tell anyone because we wanted to make sure we made it through the first trimester. At 6 weeks we went in for a quick ultrasound to see the heartbeat, but there was nothing in the uterus. My doctor was not concerned and he figured it was still a little too early. We were ok with it because my HCG levels continued to rise. At 7 weeks I began having excruciating pain on my left side. My husband rushed me to the emergency room and we found out that the baby had implanted into my left fallopian tube (ectopic pregnancy). I had emergency surgery to remove the pregnancy and my fallopian tube. I did not know how I would go on, but with the help of my husband and family, I moved through the pain. In October 2006 we decided to try IVF. My employer's insurance plan paid 50%, so we started the process to switch our insurance. A month later my husband was involved in a life changing car accident. He broke his hip and his wrist and after 12 weeks of FMLA he was laid off. Our world changed once again. Even with the insurance coverage we could no longer afford to try IVF with one income. By the end of 2007 my husband was employed again and our plans were back on track...until he did the sperm analysis and found out his sperm count had gone down because of the multiple xrays he had to have on his hip. So we went to Plan B which was the ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection) where they take an individual sperm to fertilize the egg. With our first attempt, we were pregnant AGAIN (#6)!!! My HCG levels were doubling, we were able to see and hear a heartbeat at 6 weeks so we decided to let the family know...little did we know that 3 weeks later I would miscarry again. This time due to a rare genetic disorder called Turner's syndrome. Once again we were totally overcome by unimaginable grief. Did we want to try again? Can we handle another loss? I continued to pray and ask for acceptance, but deep inside I knew that my desire to have a biological child was not something that would go unfulfilled. Finally in February 2009 we saved enough money to try one more time (lucky #7)and on October 27, 2009 at 12:06pm our baby boy entered the world. My pregnancy was well monitored by Dr. David Colombo at The Ohio State University Medical Center. Along with the many thanks I owe to him, I would also like to thank our reproductive endocrinologist Dr. Grant Schmidt whose positive energy and smiling face always helped move us through this journey. And of course the "father" of it all, Robert G. Edwards, thank you so much!!