For Elizabeth, having a baby was always the next chapter of her life plan. After a year of trying to conceive naturally, Elizabeth was told she had a limited number of fertile eggs and the shape of her husband’s sperm made egg penetration difficult without assistance. With her doctor's support they turned to in-vitro fertilization (IVF). Six failed IVF cycles later, her hope was fading (three cycles with her own eggs; one miscarriage, three more cycles with the first donor eggs, two miscarriages). Then adoption as an alternative option failed too. Elizabeth was left continually heartbroken. Even though the options were dwindling, Elizabeth’s passion for motherhood and her determination to have a baby remained as strong as ever.
Nearly six years after first trying to conceive, the couple spoke to a new fertility specialist about options for surrogacy with donor eggs. The doctor convinced them that with genetically viable eggs, Elizabeth could get pregnant without a surrogate. The doctor introduced them to genetic testing and its impact on choosing the right egg donor and achieving pregnancy success.