AHBy Amber Holmes, Former Patient of the ART Fertility Program of Alabama

My husband and I never thought of a life that didn’t include children. We made plans, created dreams, and sat in prayerful hope waiting for that special moment; the moment of confirmed conception. As years passed we grew anxious, and after three years of trying with no luck we sought the ART Fertility Program of Alabama for help. Dr. Allemand and staff were amazing! They saw the all too familiar “deer caught in the headlights” look on our faces and helped ease our minds with patience and understanding.

We sat down with Dr. Allemand who recommended surgery for a growing cyst on my right ovary. After surgery, we attempted our first intrauterine insemination (IUI) with no luck. After our second failed IUI, we approached the subject of in vitro fertilization (IVF). At this point I was feeling overwhelmed. I needed a break to clear my head, regain my strength, and seek His purpose. Six months later I returned to the ART Program with a new found hope. We would begin our first of two rounds of IVF, thanks to the Shared Risk Refund Plan. This guaranteed that should we not achieve a live birth, the refundable portion of the program fee would be returned so that alternative options could be pursued.

In May of 2014, we completed our first round of IVF and had three embryos frozen. In June we did a Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET) where we transferred two of our embryos, only to find out nine days later they were unsuccessful in conception. In September, we suffered the same fate with our only remaining embryo.

My husband and I knew we had another round of IVF coming up. We were cautiously hopeful but felt this would be our last shot at trying to conceive for awhile. We were mentally, physically, and emotionally tired.

In November of 2014, we completed our second round of IVF and had two embryos frozen. After giving my body time to heal and strengthen, we had a few tests run. We had a Sonar Insufflation Study (SIS) and an Endometrial Scratch performed, which is a procedure used to help embryos implant more successfully. We were then ready to transfer our embryos. On February 12, 2015, we were told both of our embryos survived the thaw and on that day my husband and I said a small prayer; “Lord if this is not your will, let it slip through our grasp and give us the peace not to worry about it”. Eleven very long days later, we were scheduled to come in for our blood draw. After a few hours of waiting (which felt like an eternity), I received a call from our IVF nurse. “Amber, I just wanted to call and let you know, congratulations! You are pregnant!” Oh, how long I’ve yearned to hear those words!

Our sweet miracle, Emmie Gale, was born on November 3rd, 2015 weighing in at 8lbs 14oz and 22 inches long!

We are so thankful for the love and support of the ART clinic. They are an amazing staff with so much heart and pride for what they do. Thank you ART for helping us conceive our miracle!

Infertility is hard and the journey is rocky. We had to tell ourselves to never lose hope! Our frozen embryo baby is proof that miracles happen every day!

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