Brad and I discussed early on in our relationship that we wanted children. After dating for a year, we got engaged and six months later got married. We began trying for a family immediately. Month after month pregnancy tests came back negative. After 17 months of trying on our own, we finally made an appointment with Dr. Brian Berger. The moment we met Dr. Berger we were given hope. Hope that truthfully seemed to slip away with every negative pregnancy test. Dr. Berger explained how he would go about identifying any causes of infertility and that we would have a diagnosis and a treatment plan at our next visit, a month later. After our initial diagnosis, we underwent two rounds of IUI which was mandated by insurance (thank you Massachusetts!). Both rounds were unsuccessful. We jumped right into an IVF cycle, which Dr. Berger explained in such understandable terms. Our fresh cycle failed and although we were a little sad, Dr. Berger was right there, getting us ready for our frozen transfer. We had a successful transfer in March of 2016. My husband and I are the incredibly proud and overwhelmingly grateful parents of a beautiful, baby girl.
How did your boston ivf physician and nursing team help to make your journey a success?
The doctors and nurses gave us hope. They were right next to us explaining all aspects of treatment and answering questions I didn't know I had. They celebrated victories with us- our first positive pregnancy test, an appropriate rise in numbers and our first obstetrical ultrasound. They tirelessly work early mornings, weekend and holidays- give up time with their own families- to help people like Brad and me get ours.
Did anyone/anything else help you through your infertility journey?
I found it very helpful to reach out to friends that had been through the journey before me. It's not a journey you have to face alone. Reach out. It's a lot less lonely.
What were some highs or lows of your treatment(s)? What is unique/different about your story?
The lowest part of our journey was to finally admit we needed help. Having a baby seems pretty easy. People have been doing it for hundreds of years. But sometimes it's not easy. Sometimes it's really, really hard. Once we sought help, everything started falling into place.
What advice do you have for other struggling with infertility?
This struggle can be tough. But once you come out on the other side of it, you will forget how tough it was. You will be overwhelmed by the amount of gratitude you have for your child and every single person who helped you get there. I think it's also important to really try to maintain a positive attitude. The journey isn't always pleasant. With that said, it's a journey we are really fortunate is available to us.
Tell us about your experience with boston ivf
While we never intended to be on this journey (no one ever does!), we couldn't have asked for a better team of people to be on it with us. When I say team I mean everyone from the receptionists, medical assistants, physician's assistants, phlebotomists, ultrasound techs, nurses, doctors, and acupuncturists treated us with such care and compassion. We feel very blessed to have met such talented staff that care about their patients.