Moms Who Beat Infertility Share Their Stories

When you struggle with infertility and the months of waiting for a pregnancy turn into years, it can be difficult to imagine ever holding your baby. We spoke with more than a dozen moms who bravely battled infertility and won and we’re honored to share their powerful stories with you.

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Katie Hurley, pictured with her daughter Riley

Our journey to start our family began like countless young couples before us. Assuming that time was on our side, we quietly put away the birth control and decided to try our luck. Three months later, we saw the coveted double lines and jumped for joy. Sadly, the feeling was short-lived. At our 13-week ultrasound, just as we prepared to share the news with our little corner of the world, we were told that the heart had stopped beating. Devastated, we recovered in silence.

"Again, my body betrayed me. Silence again."

Four months later, we saw those lines again. This time, we thought, we would get to the finish line. Nauseated and exhausted right out of the gate, I was sure that this baby would arrive on schedule. We had ultrasounds every two weeks, and every two weeks that heart kept beating away. Until the dreaded 13-week ultrasound. Silence. Again, my body betrayed me. Silence again.

For the next year we tried everything. Acupuncture, baby aspirin, standing on my head, Progesterone suppositories... you name it, we tried it. But during this period of time, I just couldn't get pregnant. And so we turned to Clomid. By the grace of modern medicine, Clomid worked. And that's when Progesterone became my new best friend.

Ten months later, my sweet Riley Ann arrived on an early December morning. She was small and lively with giant brown eyes. Our eyes locked the moment my husband placed her in my arms. Through a steady stream of tears, I held her, rocked her, and told her how much I loved her. I watched her constantly, amazed that my sweet girl had finally arrived. Five years later, I'm still watching. She is loving, funny, and empathic beyond compare. Her creativity inspires me and her enormous heart melts mine. Every. Single. Day.

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Tegaryusup August 09, 2012 | 10:15 AM

Hi! I stumbled arcsos your blog by complete accident, but now I am beginning to think was it? An accident? I thought I would chime in with my 2 cents (or lack there-of) on the question you've given... :)As a fellow IF'r, I don't know if I would go as far as to say its taboo, but the world needs more IF'rs like you and I--who aren't afraid to share their experiences in what can be such an isolating experience for some women. It was for me. I felt completely alone and ashamed while going through infertility procedures. So, Thank you for not being ashamed. I think people fail to embrace what they don't understand; unfortunately, this is one of those "you need to be there" to fully understand how emotional IF can be. Secondly, good luck on your IUI! I will say a prayer for it to be successful!

Akwagner36 July 14, 2012 | 9:29 AM

Thank you so very much! This is exactly how I feel. We are still waiting to get pregnant with our second child! You give me hope!

Tonya June 19, 2012 | 10:16 AM

Beautiful is the only word I have after reading these stories. Thank you for compiling this, Nichole. I am overwhelmed.

Laura June 18, 2012 | 8:35 AM

Great, inspiring stories with happy endings. Thank you so much to these moms for sharing their struggles.

Jennifer June 18, 2012 | 5:43 AM

Of all of these stories, including mine, this one made me cry. Miracles really do happen.

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