The tremendous Traber Giardina and Jane Ellen (2). Traber and her husband were content not having children for a long time but when she turned 30 she started to change her mind and planted seeds with her husband. They decided to start trying but decided to see a specialist after 8 months when nothing had happened yet. Traber was diagnosed with depleted egg reserves and after having a couple of procedures to make sure her uterus could sustain a pregnancy, decided to use donor eggs. They searched for donors and found a match they were most comfortable with but it unfortunately didn't take. Their IVF second attempt, with a new donor was successful and Jane Ellen was conceived.
Traber developed gestational diabetes during pregnancy that was treatable with diet and at 38 weeks, developed preeclampsia which required induction. She says that after all they went through to make a baby, all she cared about was having her baby and didn't care so much about the birth itself. The magnesium made her incredibly ill and she ultimately delivered via cesarean. Traber's recovery was complicated by an infection in her cesarean wound that took some time to heal up. Breastfeeding was very challenging at first but by they eventually got the hang of things and Jane Ellen is still nursing today, though Traber admits she is about ready for the relationship to end.
Having a picture of this moment in time with Jane Ellen and herself together in which they are both so proud was very important to Traber.