As with all patients at CNY Fertility, building our family has not been easy.
My husband, Brian and I learned we were expecting our first child in the summer of 2015. Things progressed normally until our twenty week ultrasound, when our baby girl was diagnosed with a severe congenital lung defect. We decided then that we were going to do whatever it took to save her life. We left our home and traveled several hundred miles away to be seen by the best fetal specialists in the world.
For six weeks we fought relentlessly to save her as she grew in my womb, but at 26 weeks and 3 days, we both developed major life threatening complications and were rushed in for a c-section. Our daughter, Aria Noelle was born at 3:06 PM on January 2, 2016. She was so brave and beautiful. She fought for an hour after birth, before her delicate and damaged little lungs gave out. We held her, loved on her, then said our goodbyes. We were absolutely devastated.
Several months later, we decided to try again. We knew having another baby wouldn’t fix our grief, or replace the daughter we lost, but our longing to parent a child on earth still remained. Unfortunately, that wasn’t an easy road either. Along the way we experienced a first trimester miscarriage, a PCOS diagnosis, and multiple failed rounds of intrauterine insemination (IUI).
When our last round of IUI failed, we found ourselves feeling incredibly hopeless. Our insurance provider didn’t cover fertility treatments, and as we added up the money we had already spent on failed treatments, and the extra financial burden that IVF would bring, we just didn’t know how we would do it.
Then we found out about CNY Fertility, and the amazing IVF giveaway they were doing for Valentine’s Day earlier this year. On a whim, we entered, and so many of our dear friends and family helped by submitting entries as well. I was standing in the kitchen with my best friend when I opened up my messages on my phone, and saw we won the IVF giveaway. We both screamed, hugged, and cried tears of joy. Finally, we had another chance to bring home the rainbow baby we had been praying for.
Our first round of IVF is currently underway, and it is impossible to put into words just how grateful we are to have been given this opportunity by CNY Fertility. They will forever hold a very special place in our hearts.