Aspire Fertility Baby of The Month: February 2018
Having married in our early 30s, we had always imagined that having a family would be immediate, easy, and natural…. It was, simply put, not that immediate and definitely not an easy path. Our journey spans over 10 years, dozens of IUIs, tracking cycles, acupuncture, Clomid cycles, attempted adoption, and more….and finally, a decade later and at 41 (mother) and 43 (father) we found ourselves at a crossroads.
We knew that IVF was our “final” option, but the fear of the unknown was overwhelming. Would we spend all of our savings on the IVF process only to end up with nothing? Would Mom’s body be able to handle the stress of IVF? Would our marriage thrive under the pressure of the stress of this last option? As a last resort, we sat in our OB’s office pouring out our hearts, discussing our fears, and praying for answers. In late fall 2016, our OB decided that she would help us out. She took a tour of the newly established Aspire Fertility clinic, and, having a working knowledge of many clinics in the DFW area, came back to us with raving reviews and our answer.
“You should go all in. Try this. Step out in faith,” she said.
After meeting with Dr. Linda Elkins and Kimberlee, we knew that IVF was going to be a path that we would pursue. In December 2016, we harvested Mom’s eggs, and in February we did a frozen embryo transfer. All throughout the process, Aspire kept in touch with us, letting us know the results of our egg harvesting (we had over 20 to start, and after the five day wait period ended up with 9). At the time of the biopsy, we discovered only two of the embryos were considered “normal”. Our hopes dipped again, but Kimberlee and Dr. Elkins continued to reassure us that though there were no promises, “it only takes one”.
On the day of the transfer, Dad was allowed to sit with Mom – comforting and encouraging as the transfer occurred. (Aspire even sent us home with a lovely lavender-themed gift basket to help us relax!) Though the waiting period was challenging between the transfer and the blood tests, finally, we heard (at the end of February) that we were pregnant! Our precious daughter was born in October 2017, perfectly healthy. We wrapped her in her cozy, soft Aspire blanket for her homecoming and have thanked God every day since for our miracle. We cannot thank our Aspire family enough for their knowledge, attentive care, successful procedure, and ultimately for giving us the most precious gift of the life of our little girl. We are consistently recommending the Aspire clinic to our friends, employees, and family who are struggling with fertility.
There IS hope, and Aspire will help you every step of the way.