Our fertility journey started the way many couples’ do: We weren’t trying to get pregnant, but we also weren’t doing anything to not get pregnant. After about a year of “not trying,” I began to get worried. How had it not happened yet?…. Little did we know, we would have 4 more years filled with surgeries, treatments, uncertainties, and more anguish than we had ever known.
I felt confident as we climbed the “fertility treatment ladder.” Between all of the natural remedies, Clomid, trigger shots, and IUIs, HAD to work! Resisting going for IVF until our options were maxed out. I wanted to conceive my baby in my own bed, not in a fertility center! We have great doctors in Panama (where we live), but after 4 failed IUIs and 1 failed IVF, we decided it was time to seek out the best of the best. Our search led us to Dr. Isaac Kligman at Weill Cornell Presbyterian in New York. 2 IVFs later and we were pregnant with twins!
My pregnancy was incredibly difficult. I suffered from Hyperemesis Gravidarum, which dictated my experience until almost the end when I went into pre term labor at 28 weeks. Bed rest and medicine stopped the contractions and kept my babies safely in until I had to be induced at 37 weeks. On April 14, 2015, after 15 hours of labor (I really wanted a vaginal birth), Nessim and Joseph Haim were born via C-Section, at 2:06 & 2:08am respectively.
I often look back and feel what I felt at each stage of our journey. This experience has been my ultimate education. I have graduated from this suffering and have formed it and shaped it to be of service to others. Now, as a Health Coach, I am able to provide the support to others that I didn’t have, but so badly wished for.