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Misty & Johnathan

Alabama –

Infertility Diagnosis

  • Male factor
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

Treatment(s)

  • Embryo Freezing
  • Frozen embryo transfer (FET)
  • In vitro Fertilization (IVF)

Location(s)

  • Syracuse

Physician(s)

  • Robert Kiltz, MD
  • David Corley, MD

Misty & Johnathan's Story:

My husband and I met in August 2009 and married shortly after in July 2010. We started trying to have a baby shortly after with no success. I didn't have my first cycle until after I got married when the obgyn I was seeing put me on birth control. It worked for 3 months while I was taking the birth control but when I stopped so did my cycle and it became very irregular. I could go months to a year without one.. Over the years I went to numerous obgyn's with no luck. Noone could get my body to ovulate or have regular cycles. They would put me on provera which would induce a cycle and then chlomide but my body just wouldn't ovulate.

In 2017 I started seeing a new obgyn. He once again put me on Clomid which I knew wouldn't work. But I was shocked when he told me my levels had elevated enough to have possibly ovulated. So we tried again the next month on a higher dose and my levels went up again. So we tried again once more but the third month it just stopped working. We tried a few more different medications and after a year he told me we could keep trying and hope it worked or he could send me to a fertility clinic to see a fertility specialist. In the beginning of 2018 we had a consultation. They wanted me to have a HSG done, I had one done with my previous obgyn but everything was normal.

After doing another HSG and everything coming back normal again I decided I needed a break from it all and to let my body rest. My body was tired and my emotions were shot from going to different doctors for 8 years. I would cry at the drop of a hat or from seeing a baby in a restaurant or store. In January of 2019, I decided I was ready to start trying again. we set up another consult with the same fertility clinic. This time with a different doctor. She informed us at the consultation that the previous doctor had diagnosed me with PCOS but never told me. She wanted me to do yet another HSG and various blood work. But this time also a SIS. My husband had done numerous semen analyses and it was always pretty much the same result.

The previous doctor we saw had my husband do testosterone shots for 3 months. But this doctor told us that those could cause his count to go down. After all the blood work, the HSG, SIS, and the new semen analysis, along with all of our history, our new doctor wanted us to set down to get a plan together. She told us that IUI's would be a waste of time and money and that our best option was to do IVF but it was so expensive there we just couldn't afford it. I was crushed and thought I never would be able to become a mother. So once again we stopped trying. I was at a loss I had no idea what to do.

Over the years CNY had popped up on different Google searches and on Facebook as an ad but I had never looked into it. One day I was googling fertility specialists with payment plans and once again CNY came up so I looked more into it and saw there was an office in Georgia. I talked with my husband and we decided to give it a try but upon further research, I realized we would have to travel to New York from Central Alabama. After discovering this I knew there was no way my husband would go for it but to my surprise, he was all in.

I called and set up a consult in January but it wasn't until June. Then covid hit and everything shut down. While cny was closed I called in March and was able to have our consult moved up to the next day. We had a consult with Dr. Corley and we submitted all the required stuff and was set to start our cycle in May. We drove 1,000 miles one way to Syracuse, NY, and on May 27th, 2020 Dr. Corley did my egg retrieval. We did a fresh transfer on June 1st with Dr. Corley again and for the first time, I became pregnant.

I was so excited and I couldn't wait to tell everyone. But on June 20th while going to buy fathers day gifts for our daddy, I started bleeding and we rushed to the emergency room. They said everything looked good and my HCG level was still good. I set up an appointment with my doctor on Monday just to be safe and by then my HCG had dropped by half. We were devastated. I contacted CNY and after the loss, we tried again with my August cycle.

We made the drive once again to CNY. On August 18th, 2020 Dr. Kiltz transferred 2 embryos and I became pregnant again with one baby. Fast-forward to September 28th, 2020 for my obgyn appointment and we got the worst possible news. Our baby had no heartbeat we were heart broken and I had no idea why this was happening to us. My doctor set up a d&c so we could have the baby sent off to see what had caused the loss. But to our surprise, they found nothing and all we were told was it was a healthy baby girl. I was crushed and very discouraged. CNY wanted us to set up a new consult to come up with a new plan. After being told we could do a new transfer with my next cycle in November I was shocked to find out during our consult that we had to wait for 3 cycles to try again.

In the meantime Dr. Corley wanted me to do recurrent loss blood work and my husband to do gene blood work. I also had to do yet another hsg and everything came back normal once again. Dr. Corley suggested to add a hsg wash, intralipids, Lovenox, and Neupogen with our next transfer. We waited the 3 cycles and was set to do a new FET in February. The time came and we made our 3rd trip to syracuse but this time in the snow. I had intralipids and HCG wash on February 13th 2021 and on February 15th 2021 Dr. Corley transferred 2 more embryos but this time I became pregnant with twins.

Everything was going great and I had my anatomy scan on June 22nd, 2021 and both of our girls looked great. Then at my next appointment on June 10th, 2021 we found out baby A, Chloe, had no heartbeat. I was so heartbroken and so fearful for our baby B, Raylee, at the same time. I was admitted to the hospital for 2 weeks to make sure that my body didn't try to process the loss and to make sure Raylee was fine. When I was released. I had to start seeing the maternal fetal medicine specialist once a week and my obgyn once again.

During my stay in the hospital, my original doctor had a family emergency and had to step away from delivering babies so I had to swap to a new doctor which I was very worried about. My doctor had been seeing me since we started our IVF journey and she had been through everything with us. My new doctor turned out to be just as great. I was set to be induced on October 28th, 2021. I had my final obgyn appointment on October 25th and after being check I was dilated to 3 cm and fully effaced. But Chloe was in the way and if we chose to do a regular birth she would have to be removed piece by piece which I was not okay with.

My sweet baby had been through enough so I opted to have a c-section. My doctor wanted to move up the delivery date because she was worried I would go into labor before Thursday. They had an opening the 26th which was the next day and she scheduled it. Our sweet miracle baby Raylee Jean Bailey was born on October 26th, 2021 at 1:32 pm weighing 5 lbs even and 19 inches long. She was perfect and thankfully didn't have to go to the NICU for anything. We got to see our sweet chloe and spend time with her as a family. I will always be grateful to CNY fertility and the staff there without them I wouldn't have been able to become a mother. And we wouldn't have our rainbow baby Raylee.

Favorite Team Member at CNY:

Ashley Carter and Dr Corley

Unique Moments:

Dr Corley prayed with us before every transfer and that really stood out to me.

Hope, Inspiration and Advice:

If your struggling to get pregnant don't waste time like I did going to different obgyn's just go straight to a fertility doctor. Don't lose hope just because you can't afford it there is always a way. And don't be ashamed of your story and your struggles. Infertility does not make you less of a woman.