My husband and I were trying for a baby naturally for almost 2 years without any luck. We didn’t understand what was going on, and each month we would get our hopes up to just be disappointed. We called Boston IVF in September of 2021. We had our first consultation appointment with Dr. Pauli scheduled for December . After our first meeting with Dr. Pauli, we felt some hope, we went through the necessary testing thinking we would go through 3 rounds of IUI first.
Our test results came back and our follow up appointment with Dr. Pauli in February, it became clear that IVF was the best route for us. That following March 2022, we started STIMS, we were so excited at the prospect of a fresh transfer. Unfortunately, the best protocol was a frozen transfer due to my estrogen levels rising so much. We went for our egg retrieval and I had 21 eggs removed! We were amazed!
After Egg retrieval, I developed OHSS which further delayed our journey. Come May 2022 We went for our frozen transfer, we did all the superstitions from pomegranate seeds to eating pineapple to eating Mcdonald's french fries after the transfer. We were so happy when we got the phone call that our little embryo stuck! We were even happier when we kept getting phone calls that my HCG levels were rising and we got to see our little one at our 7-week ultrasound. We went for our 8-week ultrasound where we got the worst news ever, “I’m sorry but there’s no heartbeat.”
This was one of the hardest times we have gone through. We went through the D&C and found out through genetic testing that our baby had an extra chromosome and ultimately would have had a hard life or not have made it if they had come to full term.
We went through another transfer in October of 2022. After beta, we found out our little one stuck! We went for our 7-week ultrasound to see our little one’s heartbeat and then found out that I had a subchorionic hematoma. Dr Pauli sent us to a specialist to look at my subchorionic hematoma, where it was determined that it was smaller than most and would hopefully pass on its own. At 10 weeks, the bleeding started and the fear of losing our little one began again. We went for an ultrasound the next day and saw our little one’s heartbeat!
Luckily for us, everything has been smooth sailing since then, except for the morning sickness! At 35 weeks our baby boy was born on May 27 2023 at 3:50 am. He weighed 5 pounds 2 oz and was 18 inches long. He stayed a week in the special care nursery to help with his feeding, oxygen levels, and jaundice. We brought him home and he has been thriving ever since! We couldn’t thank Dr Pauli and his team enough for helping us bring our little boy home!
How did your boston ivf physician and nursing team help to make your journey a success?
Dr.Pauli and Nurse Riley!
What were some highs or lows of your treatment(s)? What is unique/different about your story?
Our absolute high was giving birth to our little boy on May 27 2023 at 35 weeks!
We had a few lows the biggest low was losing our baby at 8 weeks after our first frozen transfer.
What advice do you have for other struggling with infertility?
Everyone’s journey is different. This is a long grueling journey that takes a toll emotionally and physically. Be kind to yourself, you are going through a lot and it will take time but you will have your bundle of joy soon!