Lauren and her husband started trying to get pregnant right after they got married. Her friends were getting pregnant and she comes from a fertile family, but after years of trying, she had a gut feeling that something wasn’t right. She called her doctor and went in for a sonohystogram, which showed that both of Lauren’s fallopian tubes weren’t working and had to be removed. Soon afterwards, she learned that in-vitro fertilization was the only way she could have a baby.
Lauren went to reproductive endocrinologist Dr. Lori Homa to begin fertility treatments. In all, Lauren went through three cycles of IVF. She got pregnant on the first one, but nine weeks in, she miscarried.
“Dr. Homa just wrapped her arms around me and hugged me when it happened and told me, ‘There’s nothing I can say to make this better.’ And to know that she wasn’t just telling me a textbook response – it’s true empathy, not sympathy. You can tell she really loves what she does.”
During the second cycle, none of the embryos took. But the third cycle resulted in a baby boy who is due in February. While the process was heartbreaking and painful, Lauren thinks there’s a reason for everything.
“Whenever they had told me that I can’t have kids naturally, it was like waterworks. I couldn’t stop crying. My mom has three girls. My sister has four kids, and I’m like, ‘Why can’t I have any naturally?’ There’s a reason. And my reason was, I think, it made my husband and I closer than we ever would have been. And here we are today, pregnant.”
UPDATE: And little baby Grayson Matthew arrived in February! His parents are in love with their little guy.
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