Melissa B.

I'm From Annapolis,
My Referring Physician:
My SGFC Office: Annapolis, MD
My SGFC Physician: Gilbert Mottla
Number of Children: 1
Delivery Date: 2011
My Diagnosis: Unexplained, Ovulatory Disrorder,
My Treatment: In Vitro Fertilization (IVF),

We went through IVF for the first time in November 2009. We were blessed with a positive pregnancy test several weeks after, and a strong little heartbeat at six weeks. After trying for so long on our own, we were thrilled. Unfortunately, in early January 2010, there was no heartbeat at our 8 week appointment, and we were devastated. I had a D & C on January 8th,2010 and even though we were heartbroken that day, the staff at Shady Grove was so kind and supportive. I couldn't imagine going through that anywhere else. We spent a couple of weeks trying to figure out where to go next, and decided the best way to heal our broken hearts was to try again. We had hoped to freeze eggs the first time around but since I wasn't a big egg producer, we didn't have any left over. We didn't want to get our hopes up. Going through it a second time, I was definitely more aware of the changes and impact the medicines had on my body, and handled it all much better. I even started acupuncture, which helped immensely with the side effects and my overall mental state throughout the process. The retrieval and transfer in April 2010 went well, and we were cautiously optimistic when we had another positive pregnancy test. My due date? Jan 8th, exactly one year from the D&C I had following our first cycle. It had to be a sign. I spent the first 5-6 months of my pregnancy almost afraid to be happy and excited, scared that we might lose another baby after going through so much. I teared up at every doctor's appointment and ultrasound, worried we wouldn't find the heartbeat. Things got a little better when my little boy started moving around-- like a daily reminder that he was okay and couldn't wait to meet us. I was due to be induced the evening of January 13th, but I didn't make it that long-- I went into labor that afternoon, and 14 hours later my beautiful, healthy, perfect little boy was born. He will be one year old in a few weeks and we haven't taken one day for granted. This last year has been the best of our lives, and he brings so much joy to each and every moment of every day. We could never thank the staff and doctors at Shady Grove enough for making our dreams come true.