Every now and then I hear amazing and inspiring stories of women beating all odds and getting pregnant. Sally* was almost 40. She’d spent 4 years trying to conceive naturally and with the help of fertility drugs to no avail. She and her husband were desperate to have a child so they took the next logical and expensive step of trying In-Vetro Fertilization. At about $10,000 a pop, it’s not a decision to make lightly. And thousands of dollars later, Sally got pregnant but miscarried. She didn’t give up though. She and her husband tried again. This time, it stuck. Sally became a mom.
Joanna* was in her early 30s when she and her hubby got married and began trying for a baby. But despite her having gone off the pill before her wedding, she wasn’t getting pregnant. A year of trying yielded no results. Joanna soon learned that she just wasn’t ovulating. Drugs were prescribed. More drugs were prescribed. Still no infant. Eventually she and her husband tried IVF. Then another round and another. Multiple rounds of IVF later, she was finally preggers. Joanna gave birth to a healthy baby at age 32 and she plans to have another soon.
But Meredith*’s story may be the most remarkable. She and her husband wanted a family desperately. But due to some medical complications, she needed to have a hysterectomy at age 31. The couple did not see adoption as an option so they spared no expense to have a child of their flesh and blood. Meredith began taking drugs to increase her egg supply so that a surrogate could carry her child. Then the unthinkable happened. One of her ovaries twisted on itself and had to be removed. She survived the ordeal but her egg supply was dwindling. She and her husband managed to find a surrogate. The woman got pregnant but miscarried about 8 weeks in. About six months later, Meredith’s last two fertilized eggs were implanted in another surrogate. Miraculously, two eggs implanted. The surrogate gave birth to a healthy baby boy and girl this week. She now has the family she’s always dreamed of.
*All names have been changed to protect the women’s privacy.
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