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At the ART Fertility Program of Alabama, we are proud of the impact we are able to make on our patients’ lives. Each of their journeys are different, and we’ll share them here on our blog in our Success Story Series. We hope these stories help to build hope and inspire those of you still on the journey.

By: Amanda Fleming, Former Patient of the ART Fertility Program of Alabama

My husband and I started trying to get pregnant in 2012 when I was 35 years old.  We had tried a couple of times before, but this time we were really serious and started using ovulation tests.

At this point in trying to conceive, infertility had never really crossed our minds. We have a ton of kids in our family with my aunt having eight children, so no one in my family had ever dealt with infertility before.

Eventually my husband and I both got checked out, but nothing really showed a problem.

In order to have others to open up to, I joined a small group at my church, Church of the Highlands. The group was called Faith Through Infertility. It was actually the members of this group that recommended we try the ART Fertility Program of Alabama (ART). Several couples in the group had a more difficult time getting pregnant, but everyone who had gone to ART loved and highly recommended them.

In June 2013, we had our first appointment with Dr. Houserman. We talked about a plan to do Intrauterine insemination (IUI) so they put me on Clomid and progesterone. We were on my insurance at the time and since it wasn’t covering a lot of the costs, we got supplemental insurance. Penny Monella, the Financial Manager at ART, was very helpful and recommended an individualized plan. We did three IUI cycles, one of which resulted in a biochemical pregnancy, but no clinical pregnancies.

We ended up taking a break from treatments for about six months before we went back and started doing the shots again. Thank goodness we did because after another round of IUI, we got pregnant on July 3, 2014!

We continued to go to ART for ten weeks until it was time to go to my OB-GYN.  Around eight weeks, I had some issues with bleeding.  We went in and everything was fine, but ART was very helpful and able to give me peace of mind.

Our baby girl, Hattie Virginia, was born February 17th, 2015. The funny story is that my water actually broke at an infant CPR class at a local gym.  I just blew on the CPR doll and my water broke! I went to the instructor of the class to let him know what happened. Unfortunately, he was not a nurse but an engineer. That was not helpful!

She came a little early, but most importantly, she was very healthy! At four pounds and 11 ounces, she had to stay in the NICU for 17 days. This was mostly so she could get bigger and regulate her own temperature.

Now several months have gone by, and she had her nine-month checkup in December. Even though she was early, the doctor said she is right on track!

From the people in the lab who were so nice and calming to those that helped us find insurance coverage; the people at ART were all amazing.  It’s been such a journey, but we are so grateful to ART for our baby girl.

The ART Fertility Program of Alabama is located in Birmingham, Alabama with additional locations in Huntsville, Montgomery and Tuscaloosa. The program is led by Dr. Kathryn Honea, Dr. Virginia Houserman and Dr. Chris Allemand who are Board Certified specialists in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. All are skilled in comprehensive infertility care and offer a complete range of infertility services.


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