In the winter of 2012, I went out with some friends for what I thought was a casual dinner. It turned out my best friend was telling us she was pregnant! I couldn’t have been happier for her.
We had always talked about having kids close in age, so I really started thinking about having my own. I went to my family doctor and mentioned to him – I had been off birth control for almost 4 years at that point and had never had so much as a thought that I may be pregnant. He thought it normal, but decided to run a few tests anyways.
It turns out that I had some pretty severe hormonal problems including a massive amount of cysts encircling my ovaries. Right there I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.
I had never even heard of this before, but the one thing that stood out to me was the a) the lack of available information, and b) the information I was given had a grim hope of ever having my own child without medical intervention. I was crushed. All I had ever wanted was to be a mom to at least 3 kids. Now how was I ever going to be able to have one?!
I met with a gynaecologist who confirmed my doctors findings and put me on a medication to help my body establish a menstrual cycle and my body seemingly over reacted to it! I ovulated for the first time in YEARS, and much to my surprise 3 months later, I found out I was actually 8 weeks pregnant!
Aside from severe pregnancy sickness, I had a great pregnancy. Nothing at all like I was told would happen!
March of 2014, I went into spontaneous labor at 37 weeks and got to the hospital at 5cm with regular contractions. It was all going so smoothly, until it wasn’t.
My son went into fetal distress and his heart rate dipped below 5BPM and they couldn’t get it up. I had decided not to have an epidural, so the doctors had to rush me to emergency surgery where I was under general anesthesia.
My son was born just 15 minutes later, and after a large hemorrhage, I was on my way to recovery myself. I got to meet Kaiden after about 4 hours, and finally hold him.
I couldn’t believe it: I was finally a mom!
After everything I went through with him, and the uncertainty of my own parental journey, I decided when he was 18 months to look into surrogacy. I loved the idea of helping someone else become a parent.
I joined an agency, and in a whirlwind of a few months, met an incredible intended father, and transferred a single embryo. The two week wait to find out if I was indeed pregnant was the longest wait ever! But it was all worth it when I got the CONGRATULATIONS email from our fertility clinic. We had really done it! I was pregnant, and he was going to be a dad!
The pregnancy flew by, and in no time, I was preparing for labor again.
I was slightly terrified to go through the same thing as I did with my son. Everyone assured me that was a one in a million situation and the chance of it happening again was so slim, but I was given the choice of elected c-section or VBAC.
I decided to attempt a VBAC. I was a single mom of a busy toddler and wanted to try for the easiest recovery.
April 2017, I went into the hospital as directed and 12 hours later (with a little help as she was face up!) a beautiful baby girl was born. I just remember crying into my moms shoulder and saying ‘I made a family’! It was the most emotional moment of my life, everyone in the room was in tears. I will never forget the look on her dad’s face as he finally got to realize his dream of being a father came true.