This Couple’s IVF Story Is Captivating Thousands of Facebook Users
Lauren Walker and her husband are now expecting twins.
Walker tells ABC News that she and her husband spent about $30,000 in fertility treatments by the end of 2014. They gave it “one more shot” with a final embryo, but found out two days before Christmas that year that it didn’t take. “We just held each other and I let out this blood-curdling scream,” she said. “I was completely broken.”
They eventually decided to try again in October 2016 after taking out a $14,000 loan. They didn’t tell family members and friends they were trying, and surprised family with the good news a week before Christmas by handing them the pregnancy test wrapped in a bow.
Now, Walker says their long journey was worth it. “The reason why we were waiting so long is that we were waiting for them,” she told ABC News. She also ended her Facebook post with this tear-jerking message: “Duke & Diana, you are already so loved…Mommy and Daddy cannot wait to hold you in our arms, for we have carried you in our hearts for a lifetime.”
These Two Women Both ‘Carried’ Their Baby Using Reciprocal Effortless IVF
Here’s how it worked.
A couple in Texas welcomed a baby boy this past summer in a particularly innovative and intimate way. Bliss and Ashleigh Coulter are proud mothers of a little boy who they both helped carry by using a new method of assisted reproductive technology (ART) called reciprocal effortless IVF.
The method, pioneered by Kevin Doody, M.D., and Kathy Doody, M.D., the husband-and-wife founders of The Center for Assisted Reproduction (CARE Fertility) in Texas, is essentially a combination of two ART techniques: reciprocal IVF and effortless IVF.
Reciprocal IVF is a method in which same sex couples can both participate in the process, with one woman donating her egg and the other one carrying the baby. Effortless IVF, on the other hand, is a simpler, streamlined version of traditional IVF. The aim of effortless IVF is to make the process as efficient as possible—in terms of time, resources, and money—while still yielding safe and successful results comparable to those of traditional IVF, Dr. Kevin Doody tells SELF.
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