The amazing Audrey Barton and Ella (13 months)
Ella came to Audrey and her husband after a 3 year long infertility journey that included 7 medicated IUI's due to male factor infertility. They tried for a year on their own but nothing was happening even though her cycles seemed consistent. They were referred to a reproductive endocrinologist where they underwent a battery of tests before learning that her husband's sperm count was low and slow. They decided to try three rounds of IUI's using Clomid and an ovulation trigger, then three more rounds of IUI using Clomid and Menopur with a trigger. They had just about had enough after the heartbreak of learning she still wasn't pregnant. Their marriage suffered and nothing was filling the void they felt.
At the point of giving up, Audrey found an infertility support group on Instagram and found a walk of hope in her area. They decided to register and share their story and were amazed at the amount of support they received. She met so many others who shared what they were dealing with and she learned that they were not unique but also were not alone. They decided to continue trying, so they went to Mexico for vacation, had a great time and came home for one more round of IUI. This time 14 days of Menopur injections and then an IUI. Everything this time lined up perfectly and she woke up the morning of her 27th birthday to a positive pregnancy test.
Her pregnancy was fun and celebrated even though she was sick throughout. They decided to hire a doula who was incredibly empowering and supportive of both and her husband throughout labor and delivery. Audrey labored at home all evening and went to the hospital thinking she was getting close. She learned she was just 4 cms but they were very supportive of getting her comfortable with a TENS unit and shower. She got an epidural which helped a lot and the midwife continued to give her options and information as things progressed. Audrey walked away from her birth feeling thrilled with how everything had gone. Ella was able to stay skin to skin with her for over an hour, her husband shared time with her, and they went home less than 24 hours later.
Breastfeeding was difficult due to tongue tie. They nursed with a nipple shield until it was revised when they slowly weaned off of it and at 13 months they are still going strong. Audrey feels very empowered by their breastfeeding relationship, as well, and has enjoyed this special time with her daughter.
"During our infertility struggle I had just about given up on the dream that my body was going to be pregnant, and now that it has conceived, and grown, delivered, and nourished the beautiful baby girl that made me a mother I want to celebrate it. "