Infertility to pregnancy…our emotional, yet hopeful journey to becoming parents

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I was diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) in my 30s. PCOS is a hormonal disorder causing enlarged ovaries with small cysts which ultimately makes it difficult, sometimes impossible, for women to become pregnant. My husband and I married in 2011 with the knowledge that children might never be a possibility for us. However, in November 2012, we discovered I was pregnant. Needless to say, we were more than elated. Unfortunately, on Thanksgiving weekend, our elation turned into heartbreak when at eight weeks of pregnancy, I miscarried. We were referred back to the specialist who initially diagnosed me with PCOS for consultation. He suggested we try oral fertility medications to assist with pregnancy. Four rounds of fertility medications and a whole year filled with tests and doctor appointments proved futile in our attempts to become pregnant. We were then told IUI or IVF may be our only hope for having children. Full Entry »

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Facing a congenital diaphragmatic hernia diagnosis

My husband and I waited 18 years to have a child. So when I found out I was pregnant, we were so excited. We love children and now we were going to have our own. Sadly, during a routine sonogram we learned there were going to be serious complications. It was obvious to the doctor preforming the sonogram that my son’s organs were not where they were supposed to be. He had a hole in his diaphragm and some of his tiny organs such as his stomach, intestines and spleen, had migrated into his chest cavity. Full Entry »

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My infertility story

Amy Savannah Schutt

Years ago I wondered if I would ever successfully carry a pregnancy. I’d had a miscarriage, two surgeries, countless ultrasounds and many infertility treatments without success, and doubt began to set in. Would I ever be a mother? Would my husband and I build our family in other ways, such as through adoption? Why did no one tell us that infertility is more common than we had known, affecting 1 in 8 couples? And if infertility is so common, why did it feel isolating, stressful, and at times, hopeless? Full Entry »

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Why we March for Babies

Morgan Bryan Family

I unexpectedly found myself the mother of identical twin boys at 24 weeks gestation in the early morning hours of Valentine’s Day, 2014. To say I was unprepared is an understatement. Jonah and Austin were born 36 hours after my water broke. Jonah was 1 pound, 9 ounces and Austin was 1 pound, 10 ounces and to me, they were perfect.  Full Entry »

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5 common questions about the pill

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Adolescents often have many preconceived ideas about how contraceptive methods work and their side effects. When posed with questions about which methods might work best for their own needs, whether to control irregular periods, menstrual cramps or for an actual contraceptive method, the following questions often arise in relation to oral contraceptive pills. Full Entry »

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