Anyone who has ever had trouble conceiving knows the great lengths parents will go to one day bring home baby. One mom was able to capture just how involved trying to get pregnant can be with a single photograph of her new baby.
ABC News reports about the photo that has gone viral showing a baby girl laying in the middle of a heart shaped out of syringes and vials her mother, Angela who only wants to be known by her first name, used in the process of trying to conceive. The photo was shared on the Sher Fertility institutes Facebook with the caption, “Wow, what a photo. Thank you to Sher Fertility St. Louis and Dr. Dayal patient Angela, who shows the true definition of love that went into making this gorgeous new baby girl.”
And what’s even more, Angela’s doctor, Dr. Molina Dayal, explains that these were only a portion of the syringes and vials the mother had to use during multiple IVF trials over the course of a year and a half. In Angela’s words, she hopes the photo will inspire parents to not lose hope. She says, “hang in there.” And explains, “The needles were the easy part. It was the emotional struggle, the ups and downs, that really took a toll. I'm single and waited a long time for a husband to come. And then by that time it was difficult to get pregnant.”
As the photo has reached more than half a million people and counting, other moms have begun telling their own experiences with infertility. One mother interjects on Facebook saying, “My IVF twins are now 13. They were worth every injection, every procedure, every mile driven to the fertility clinic!” Lisa Stark, director of communications at Sher Fertility Institute, was surprised at the buzz created by the photo saying, “We have never seen a photo create such a stir in the infertility world.”
What do you think of the photo of the baby surrounded by a heart shaped out of syringes and vials?
Have you or someone close to you had to deal with the difficulties of trying to conceive?