There’s a saying that we’re not given more than we can handle. For couples who use IVF to get pregnant, it can be a long hard road filled with miscarriages and sadness. But it can also provide multiple miracles if the couple forges on and doesn’t give up on their dream to have a family.
Sarah and Bill Imbierowicz of Kokomo, Indiana, tried getting pregnant for years only to experience heartbreak and loss.
After three years of IVF treatments and miscarriages, Sarah finally became pregnant with the couple’s son, Will.
“We started out transferring two at a time, but we miscarried several times,” Sarah said. “Eventually we got to the point where we decided to transfer four.”
Out of the four embryos doctors implanted, Will was the only one who survived.
A year later, Sarah found out she was pregnant again. Just as before, doctors had implanted three embryos. They thought only one would stick because two were of lower quality, but the Imbierowiczes received a terrific surprise when they learned they were expecting three triplet boys.
The couple was happy to welcome their three sons and watch them grown and thrive together.
“When the kids smile when they are having fun and stuff, when they accomplish new things, it’s really fun to see that,” Bill said proudly.
But with four boys, Bill became concerned that his wife would want a little girl. They decided to try once more to get pregnant. Doctors implanted two female embryos.
Sarah went in for a routine ultrasound after the procedure, but nothing could prepare her for what she’d see.
“[The doctor] just got this look on his face, and I said, ‘Oh, no,’ and he said, ‘What do you see?’ and I said, ‘I see two,’” Sarah recalled.
“He said, ‘Look again.’ I said, ‘I see three,’ and he said, ‘I see three, too.’
“I think the whole room just went quiet at that point. I think we were all just like, ‘Oh…’”
Sarah and Bill had been blessed with another miracle. Another set of triplets – three baby girls – from two embryos.
“Most of the time when you transfer two embryos and get pregnancies it’s because one embryo split and you end up with identical twins,” said Dr. Goldfarb, a fertility specialist.
The triplets were definitely a surprise!
The couple is quite overwhelmed with two sets of triplets so close in age, but after years of trying to start a family, they wouldn’t want it any other way.
“We’re excited to have everyone,” Sarah said. “And it’s a bonus that they’re girls – it balances the house out for us.”
“I would be lying through my teeth if I said I wasn’t a little overwhelmed,” she added. “But I also know that with the help we have, there’s never going to be a baby not being held or a toddler not being played with. It will all work out.”
I wish more people had Bill and Sarah’s unshakable faith. Despite the obstacles and hardships they’ve encountered, they never gave up and now they’ve been blessed seven times over!
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