Infertility can be a heartbreaking experience for women and couples who are trying to conceive. Some people try to get pregnant for years with no results. Every month that a negative pregnancy test appears can be frustrating. It can make a woman feel hopeless and depressed. Many health issues can cause infertility. From Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, which can affect a woman's hormone levels and ovulation, to more rare cases such as uterus didelphys, a congenital condition in which a woman has a double uterus. Any number of complications can keep a woman from conceiving.
Many couples turn to specialists to diagnose their issues and fortunately for many women, there are treatments that can aid in pregnancy. From taking medications such as Clomid to performing In Vitro Fertilization, more and more ladies are successfully getting pregnant with the help of doctors. Other times, just when it seems that all hope is lost and couples give up on conceiving, a woman will suddenly become pregnant naturally. Often times there is no logical explanation for their sudden fertility other than nature somehow nature decided to take it's course.
These women who conceive, either with the help of a doctor or their body deciding to cooperate, can be a beacon of hope for women who are struggling with their own infertility. These women share the same struggles and perhaps their story can encourage others who hope to one day have their own children. Here is a list of 15 Infertile Women Who Had Miracle Babies.
15 Caroline Savage
The road to becoming pregnant was a difficult one for Caroline Savage. She and her husband, Sean, were burdened with infertility. They decided to turn to a clinic and have an IVF in hopes of conceiving. Savage got more than she bargained for when the clinic that performed the procedure made a mistake and impregnated her with someone else's child.
Even though she was told she wouldn't have another chance to conceive, she carried that baby to term, and gave it to his rightful parents. They later relied on a surrogate to complete their family and became the parents of twin girls.
After struggling for years, turning to IVF, and relying on a surrogate, the couple experienced the blessing of a lifetime. Savage became pregnant naturally at the age of 45. Once the shock wore off and the fear of miscarriage passed, the family became excited to welcome their son.
14 Jennie Hill
Georgia couple, Jennie and John Hill, suffered a series of 5 heartbreaking miscarriages in their years of trying to conceive. They decided to meet with genetic counselors to explore why Jennie couldn't have a viable pregnancy. Jennie spoke with WSB Channel 2 News to discuss what the doctors discovered about her condition.
“Because I had lost five angels, my doctor decided to order a karyotype blood test, and it was then that we found out that I have a genetic chromosome disorder called balanced translocation,” she said. This is a condition in which two chromosomes have broken off and switched places.
Jennie and John made the decision to try IVF. After a series of surgeries and procedures, two balanced embryos were implanted. The Hills were thrilled to learn that on of those embryos had been successful. To their delight, they welcomed their miracle baby, Harper Grace, on January 25, 2017.
13 The Hixen Family
Tia and Matt Hixon started trying for a family in February of 2012. After months with no success, they turned to professionals to diagnose their issue that kept them from concieving. It turned out that Tia had polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and her levels of estrogen were too high. Women with PCOS don't ovulate regularly.
The couple decided to try any and all methods of getting pregnant. Tia told Fit Pregnancy, “We tried every imaginable approach to conception: acupuncture, chiropractic therapy, acrobatics (an abundance of headstands happened in our bedroom!), ovulation tracking, basal temperature monitoring—you name it! But then we were prescribed Clomid—it was a game changer! I took my first round of five pills on May 7 and had my first positive pregnancy test on June 8."
She also advised couples who are having trouble conceiving to believe in the impossible and to always trust your gut.
12 The Krahn Family
Chelsea and A.J. Krahn started trying to get pregnant after they were married but didn't have success. They consulted with specialists who ran a series of inconclusive tests that only gave them more questions. Chelsea told Fit Pregnancy, “To this day, the only answer we've actually received from a doctor is 'you have really bad luck.”
They took a break from trying and were surprised when she became pregnant. Unfortunately, she suffered a miscarriage. After that point, she had no problem conceiving but couldn't keep a viable pregnancy and suffered 2 additional miscarriages. She finally had a stroke of luck and carried for a full term pregnancy. She delivered their daughter in October 2013.
She wants others couples who are having trouble to not lose faith. "It's a very stressful and emotional time, and after all that I have been through, I am still a firm believer that 'everything happens for a reason.”
11 The Hebert Family
Louisiana couple, Udona and Chuck Herbert, had tried for 20 years to get pregnant to no avail. They had been told early on that Udona was infertile. Even though they held on to hope, they explored other ways to help children, like hosting exchange students.
Udona suddenly found herself having strange stomach pains along with dizziness. When the cramping got to be too much to bear, she feared that she may have had cancer or some sort of infection. She told People Magazine, “I didn’t tell anyone about my ailment because I didn’t want Chuck to make a fuss over me. I prayed every night, in silent prayer, that I would get better.”
Little did Undona know, she was pregnant. After visiting the doctor she learned that she was 33 weeks into her pregnancy and due in four weeks. She gave birth to their son, Brooks Major Hebert on February 15, 2016.
10 Anne Herman
Jason and Anne Herman tried to start a family but were infertile. They decided to give IVF a and were thrilled when it worked in one treatment. Unfortunately, they lost the baby at 17.5 weeks. They turned to IVF once again and became pregnant with twins, a boy and a girl. At 18 weeks they were faced with even more heartache. Anne's water broke and she was hospitalized in hopes that the babies could hold out being born for 24 weeks, when the babies would be viable.
They discovered in an ultrasound that their daughter had passed and they believe she saved her brother by blocking the cervix. Anne told WGZR News, "I feel like she was keeping him in there," said Ann. "That's what we tell ourselves. That's how we look at it. That was her mission. Give her her purpose."
Landon James Herman was born on July 11, 2015.
9 Ashley Foster
Ashley and James started trying to get pregnant shortly after they were married in 2001. They were having trouble conceiving after 2 years of attempting. The stress took a toll on Ashley. She shared with Parents, “I was obsessive and bought many pregnancy tests even if I knew my period was coming," she continued, "We probably spent hundreds of dollars on tests. We viewed making love as work, and it took the pleasure and enjoyment out of it."
They decided to seek professional help from a doctor. A fertility specialist diagnosed James with a low sperm count that was keeping them from being able to conceive. The couple worked through their heartache and eventually accepted the fact that they wouldn't be able to become parents naturally. A few moths later, they were thrilled to discover that Ashley was with child. She gave birth to their daughter, Natalie in September of 2003.
8 Lauren Walker
Lauren and Garret Walker tried to for two years to conceive. They were devastated to discover that complications kept them from conceiving. Lauren told TODAY how shocked she was by the news, “I’m young and healthy and I have no medical issues.’ So to hear that was like a huge bomb dropped into my life.”
The couple decided to try IVF and were successful. Sadly, Lauren suffered a miscarriage. That didn't stop them from taking every step possible in their effort to become parents. After several procedures, Laura discovered she was pregnant with twins!
She announced the news on Facebook with a photo that went viral. The photo is of two baby onesies surrounded by syringes and drug vials to represent the journey that led them to conceiving. Lauren wrote, “There was a lot of pain, hope, and fear behind each of these needles. Each one represents a different day, a different path, a different emotion.”
7 Emma's Story
Emma and Russell thought that conceiving a child would be simple. It wasn't until Emma was 26-years-old that they began actively trying to get pregnant and things were complicated that they anticipated. After years of trying with no success, they finally went to the doctor to explore what the issue might have been. They were confused to discover that nothing was wrong with either of them.
In 2009 they decided to turn to the Bourn Hall Clinic in Cambridge to get IVF treatments. It took two years and five attempts for Emma to become pregnant. The day finally arrived when she took a positive pregnancy test.
They were given a double blessing and learned that she was expecting twins! “We were just so happy”, says Emma. She said in an interview, “At the 18-week scan we found out that the twins were a boy and a girl. I just let nature take its course after that and really enjoyed my pregnancy.”
6 The Martin Family
Callie and Kailan were heartbroken after they suffered 3 miscarriages and an eptopic pregnancy. Amazingly enough, when the surgeon attempted to remove the embryo, they were shocked to discover that she was actually pregnant with twins. One child miraculously survived the surgery in the womb.
Callie couldn't believe the news, saying in an interview, “When doctors told me I was still pregnant I thought they must be wrong. But when they showed me the scan and I saw her heart beating, I was just overcome with joy. We’d already had three miscarriages. It felt as if I’d never be a mother.”
She carried the baby to full term and had a healthy pregnancy. Their miracle baby, Emmie wast born six weeks premature and weighed 6lb. Callie marveled that her baby had survived. ”The surgery usually would have killed the other embryo and induced a miscarriage,’ she added. ‘So it is truly miraculous that Emmie is alive.’
5 Krista's Story
Krista Schwab was told be doctors that pregnancy wouldn't be possible because she had uterus didelphys, which is a congenital condition in which a woman has a double uterus. Schwab learned early on about her condition and was prepared to never conceive a child. She told Caters News, "When I met my husband at 20-years-old, I told him I couldn't have kids, for so many years my husband and I cried, prayed and dreamed of having a child. We both had so many breakdowns because we wanted one so much,"
Schwab and her husband were blessed with a miracle when she learned that a sudden weight gain was actually caused by pregnancy. She beat the odds and is expecting a baby boy. She shared, "After 10 years of trying to have a baby, it just happened, I want women with uterine didelphys to never let anyone tell them miracles can't happen because they do."
4 Kimberli's Story
Kimberli and her husband had tried to get pregnant for a year before she started to get concerned that she wasn't conceiving. She sought the help of a fertility doctor who discovered that not only had she been having irregular periods but that she wasn't ovulating every month. The specialist prescribed her the fertility drug Clomid to make her body ovulate. Not long after, she was pregnant with twins! They were lucky enough to have two more children after that.
Kimberli was so touched by the success of her fertility that she made the decision to become a gestational carrier. When she was being screened to become a suggester, doctors discovered that she suffered from Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and that had been what caused her infertility. She was still able to carry a child for another infertile couple. After struggling for years with her own infertility, she is the proud birth mother to 5 children.
3 Aly's Story
Aly Taylor's path to motherhood was wrought with health issues. She was just 24-years-old when she was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. She and her husband had been married for 5 years and we're trying to conceive but their plans were cut short because her life depended on treatments that would keep her from conceiving.
After 16 chemotherapy treatments, Aly was officially free of cancer in April 2012. After waiting years to make sure there was no recurrence of cancer, they finally were able to try for a baby but discovered that they couldn't conceive. After a series of tests, they discovered the chemotherapy had made her infertile.
The Taylors decided to adopt their little girl, Genevieve. Amazingly enough, not long after, Aly discovered that she was pregnant! Around the same time, Genevieve's natural mother became pregnant again and the Taylors adopted her as well. Their daughter, Vera was born 11 days before their adoptive daughter, Lydia.
2 Logan's Story
Logan was diagnosed with severe endometriosis as a teenager and hadn't had a period for years when she married her husband, Andrew. When they decided they wanted to try to start a family, they visited a specialist who put her on Provera and Clomid in hopes of helping them conceive. After six rounds of Clomid the doctor diagnosed Logan with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.
She began therapy for Intrauterine insemination which included medications and injections. Doctors performed a frozen embryo transfer that was successful. Logan gave birth to their daughter, Bonnie Claire on June 15, 2014.
Surprisingly enough, their story doesn't end there. They tried frozen embryo transfer once again only to have their twins miscarry. Not long after, Logan's period was late. She took a pregnancy test to conform that she'd conceived naturally! Now Bonnie will be a big sister to a baby created with no fertility treatments. Logan considers her pregnancy to be a miracle.
1 Ashley's Story
Ashley and Tyson Gardner turned to in-vitro fertilization after they had tried to get pregnant for years with no results. They attempted for 8 years, to be exact. The couple were willing to try anything that would help her conceive. Ashley told CNN, “We tried EVERYTHING under the sun. We tried for 8 long years (taking a few months of here and there to keep our sanity!) our efforts included, diet, a surgery on my end (laparoscopy), medications then onto 4 fails IUI's?”
They saved enough money to try IVF and it only took one attempt for them to have a successful pregnancy! An ultrasound revealed that Ashley was pregnant with not one but four babies. Ashley was thrilled, "OH MY GOSH!!!!!!!" I couldn't think straight! I had never been so excited and terrified in the same instant. We waited so long to have babies so we were so happy.”
Sources: today.com, fitpregnancy.com, bournhall.co.uk.com, lifenews.com, usatoday.com, cnn.com, withgreatexpectation.com, goodhousekeeping.com, wgrz.com, parents.com, babble.com, wsbtv.com
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