A woman who endured over 600 IVF injections finally welcomed her baby after a friend served as a surrogate. She wept for joy holding her baby for the first time.
When 33-year-old Erin Boelhower married her husband Matthew, a 33-year-old Navy veteran, having a baby was a top priority.
They quickly tried conceiving but soon found out it wasn’t as easy as they thought. The journey to parenthood was much more difficult and painful than they expected.
Erin, a sales rep from Woodstock, Illinois, in the United States, underwent nine IVF transfers and endured being injected with over 600 needles in the space of three years, all so she could get pregnant.
A year later, they still had no luck. The couple was devastated by a series of miscarriages, but never lost hope of becoming parents one day.
Unfortunately, what came next was very discouraging. First, Erin learned that one of her fallopian tubes was infected and had to be taken out.
After that surgery procedure, she was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome and hypothyroidism
According to Healthline:
“Women with PCOS produce higher-than-normal amounts of male hormones [that] causes them to skip menstrual periods and makes it harder for them to get pregnant.”
Mayo Clinic also explains that hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) is a condition that can cause some health problems including infertility.
For the first time, Erin was beginning to lose hope of having a child. She bared her emotions on Instagram, admitting to readers that she was nearing her breaking point.
Their dream finally came true when Erin's best friend Rachel Checolinski, 34, gave them a priceless gift by offering to be their surrogate.
In January, two of Erin and Matthew's embryos were transferred to Rachel's uterus, and the same month, Rachel, already a mother of three, became pregnant.
The girlfriends shared the miraculous experience for the next nine months, and when the time came to welcome the baby, Erin was by her friend’s side. She witnessed her long-awaited daughter, Scottie, make her grand entrance into the world on September 19.
An emotional picture shows Erin holding their newborn daughter while Matthew bawls in the background.
“I have no clue how I lived this long without Scottie. I will never forget everything that we went through to get her here and she was definitely worth it all.”
Childbirth is one of those moments that can be trying and joyful at the same time. There’s the pain of labor, and then there’s the bliss that comes from seeing your new child, but for Wesley Call, a teary new dad whose story we shared last month, none of those reasons made him emotional.
Wesley’s wife, Samantha, had just delivered their first child and the photographer, Kirstie Perez, who also happens to be Samantha’s sister, captured images of a weeping Wesley.
Wesley later confided the reason behind his tears. His wife had had a difficult pregnancy, and he watched helplessly as she endured several health complications for ten months.
As Wesley said, the moment Samantha had their child was “the first time I have seen her smile in ten months,” and that was quite overwhelming for him.
Read more on that story and see the tear-jerking images here.
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