Traci’s children Connor and Cassie are two years apart, yet their origins began at the same time in the HRC Fertility laboratory. Like many IVF babies, they are frozen embryo twins.
Traci and her husband began trying to get pregnant about a year after their 2011 wedding. When nothing happened, Traci sought the advice of her gynecologist. He found that her progesterone levels were too low to sustain a pregnancy. After several months of taking Clomid without getting pregnant, her doctor referred her to Dr. David Tourgeman at HRC.
Dr. Tourgeman initially suggested three rounds of IUI. When those didn’t work, the couple decided to undergo IVF, which resulted in the production of four embryos. Dr. Tourgeman transferred the two most viable embryos, one of which became Connor.
“After Connor’s first birthday, we decided to transfer the other two embryos, even though the prognosis for their development was not too optimistic,” recalls Traci. “There was only a 30 percent chance of pregnancy, but luckily one developed into our new baby daughter Cassie.”
Traci is very appreciative of the support she received from HRC, adding “The staff can make or break a patient’s experience because we’re all visiting the clinics so often. Most nurses at HRC are experienced in the fertility field, plus they had children of their own. They really understood how important this journey was to me. Dr. Tourgeman and the whole staff excelled at explaining what we needed to know about my cycle to make it a success. Even though it was emotionally challenging, I knew we were in good hands at HRC.”
Traci is enjoying her new role as the busy mother of two young, active and healthy children. She is also thankful for the many wonderful resources that were available to her and her husband. Going forward, she hopes to be part of the conversation to help people talk more openly about infertility.