My Story of Infant Loss: A Dream, a Nightmare, and Finally a Few Rainbows
October 15, 2021
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For Aimee and her husband, who pursued IVF with Dr. Martin Freedman at RMA Philadelphia, choosing to start their family with donor eggs was not an easy one. But Dr. Freedman, who had earned the couple’s trust, explained that most mosaic embryos will fail to implant or lead to an ongoing pregnancy, so the couple was better off with donor eggs. “And we had a complete 180,” Aimee says. They pursued donor eggs, and now, Aimee is a mother to a one-and-a-half-year-old son. Pursuing donor eggs was “the best decision we ever could have made,” she says.
When Smitha, a registered nurse, sat across the table from RMA Philadelphia Dr. Martin Freedman, he delivered a message of hope: “I don’t know if you’ll get pregnant the first time, or the second time, but we will try this – never discourage yourself.” For Smitha, who had heard for many years she may have trouble conceiving, it was a ray of sunshine. Her first cycle resulted in one healthy embryo, and it stuck – and Olivia, is the result. “I thought Olivia should not be an only child,” Smitha says, “so I said to my husband, why don’t we do another round.”
After Lynzi and her husband had their first son naturally, they figured the second would come just as easy. But the road was devastating. Lynzi suffered a miscarriage, then an ectopic pregnancy, and fell into a depression. By the time she made it to RMA Lehigh Valley and met with Dr. Ndeye Aicha Gueye, she was ready to breathe a sigh of relief. And she did. “From my first appointment when I met with Dr. Gueye,” Lynzi says, “I felt she knew me, that she knew that I needed.” The two decided on pursuing IVF. Lynzi transferred one embryo – baby Declan, the love of Lynzi’s life.
Orlando couple Lacey and Reed were young and healthy, so why were they still not pregnant after six months of trying? It turned out Lacey had a severe form of PCOS, and was told she wouldn’t be able to conceive naturally. The couple came to RMA Florida and put their hopes into Dr. George Patounakis. “He sat us down and explained everything,” Lacey says. “He made us feel confident that we are going to have a baby, like this is going to be real.” And it was – baby Luke is proof.
Jen was almost 36 when she met the love of her life. Right after the two married, they began trying for a family – and within two months, Jen was pregnant. But the happiness was short-lived; Jen would suffer an ectopic pregnancy. After pursuing fertility treatments at several clinics, she would experience a series of pregnancy losses that left her defeated. Still, Jen and her husband decided to press on, but this time with RMA New Jersey’s Dr. Eli Rybak, who could carry out treatment in line with the Jewish faith. Jen is now the mother of two beautiful boys.
Jena knew that starting a family would not be easy with her PCOS diagnosis, but she also knew it wasn’t going to be impossible. She came to Dr. Ndeye-Aicha Gueye at RMA Lehigh Valley with the dream of having a big family, and Dr. Gueye delivered. “Dr. Gueye has a way of just making you feel like this is woman to woman,” Jena says. “She’s able to somehow take that humility that you’re not feeling at that moment and give it back to you just by having a conversation. That really makes a difference – because it’s an amazing journey. I would never want to do it any other way.”
It was the summer of 2009 and love was in the New Jersey air. Kimberly and Darryl met, married and started trying for a family. But after about a year without success, they knew something wasn’t right. Since Darryl had cancer as a child, the couple figured the treatment may have affected his fertility, and they were right. So they went to RMA New Jersey and Dr. Kathleen Hong, who guided the couple through a sperm extraction and an egg retrieval. On the day of transfer, Kimberly had one last question for Dr. Hong: could she go bowling? The answer was yes, and days later, the test was positive. “I love RMA and I love Dr. Hong,” Kimberly says.
Giovanna, a New York teacher, always wanted to be a mom. And it’s fair to say quite literally nothing would stop her. Not the tumor doctors found on her left ovary that led to the removal of that ovary and the accompanying fallopian tube. “When things were getting crazy and I was lost and not sure why certain things didn’t work out,” she says, “Dr. Rybak called me himself. What an amazing man, I owe him so much.” Together, they decided Giovanna would undergo another cycle and try again. The decision paid off – today Giovanna is the beaming mother of two little boys.
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