'Is my body just not made to be pregnant?' Couples tackle infertility with IVF: Part 1

Follow three families through their emotional, challenging and dramatic IVF journeys.
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I want a lot of kids. I always knew that I wanted to be a mom. We knew we both wanted to actually have a baby. First trying to conceive naturally was definitely an odd feeling. Once it wasn't happening, it was stressful. There can sometimes be a lot of shame with infertility, so it's a huge problem, but also a silent problem. The doctor said, I recommend ivf. Is that really our last option of having kids? How's everything working? This process can bring you together or tear you apart. My husband said no. Oh, fun. If my body just does not want me to be pregnant. I don't know. She going to get knocked up today. We came straight to the hospital. I chose this field for the science and for the medicine. This is it. I got the results. For the drama and the excitement and the amazing things that we can do for people. I can't believe it. We did it. I promise to create and support a family with you and a household filled with laughter, patience, understanding and love. We pretty much talked about having kids on our first date. We decided that we both wanted to have kids. We wanted to start as soon as we were married. Infertility, I don't think it was even a word in my vocabulary. But now it hits close to home. Our doctor told us that I have extremely low ovarian reserve. They can't make more eggs. We can afford to do this once, meaning once as in our own ivf and go from there. We should do this more often. When I came out, I just thought that, okay, well, I'm out. I probably won't get to actually have a child. You know. I met Jessie, and we knew we wanted a family. When I met Dara, I told her that would be the way we would move forward with having a it was about who's going to do it first? Who's going to try? I'm the six years older than Sarah. We knew I would be the first one to be considered to start trying to have a baby. When we had the failed pregnancy, that was heartbreaking. Sorry. It's a hard word to say, but Jessie felt like a failure. I was in a state of shock. I was very sad. I knew I wouldn't do it as gracefully as Jessie probably could, but, you know, I was prepared to do it regardless. How many minutes? I'm so happy. You know, so blessed, that god would bless us with a child. Like I'm overwhelmed. Mm-hm. I'm overwhelmed. The moment when we saw that pregnancy test and, I mean, it was like a few seconds' pause of disbelief. I remember. She was starting to get the baby bump. We had our 20-week appointment, and that's when things changed pretty quickly. We ended up delivering at six months and two days. It was devastating to lose our son. If we were writing our story, we would write something different. We have to be okay with not getting pregnant the natural, simple means. We know, lord, it's not the obvious process that we are putting our hope in, we were putting our hope in you. ��� ��� Ivf, we mimic what happens inside a woman's body, but we do it in a laboratory. We can take sperm and eggs, combine them, create embryos and transfer an embryo that will hopefully result in a healthy pregnancy. We make injections to stimulate the embryo to grow. Getting ready for the progesterone shot. A woman can take upwards from 100 to 120 injections. I got to get beyond these shots. These shots cannot stop me. Come on. Oh, boy. Is that what you're going to do every night? I'm going to do this every night. Today is our egg retrieval. This is one step closer to getting pregnant. Got to get the eggs first. Let's do this thing. We have about 30-something follicles that the specialist is going to go in and retrieve. And we're going to hope that there's lots of eggs. In-vitro fertilization is really the only option for her to conceive with her husband James. They're under sedation, we can collect the eggs and fluid from each follicle. We hand it to our embriologist to see if there is an egg present. 14. 15. That's an egg. Hey! I never imagined starting my family this way. It took so long for me to get that out of my head, the stigma of it. Doing all right? Hangin' in there? You did really well. You got 27 eggs. Oh, 27. That's more than we -- Yeah, that's very good. So you did very well. There are still several things that need to happen in order for us to hold our babies. We need miracles. I think that's the magic of ivf. For the first time, we can see the sperm and egg interact under the microscope. We can see them develop. After our retrieval, we got five eggs which turned into two embryos, but unfortunately, they did not make it. Sorry, I'm going to cry. Thinking about it. That was the hardest day ever. It was literally like losing our children. After that, we decided to move forward and start pursuing embryo donation. Basically, somebody else had gone through the process and had leftovers, and it just made me feel good about all the people that would be getting helped in the process of this. We are here at our last monitoring appointment to see if my lining is thick enough and ready for our embryo transfer. How's everything looking? You okay? Yeah, I'm okay. I'm just getting nervous. Well. Does it get smaller? I'll take a look at that in a moment. I'll take a look at everything. Okay. It's really just hard, because, you know, the obvious reasons of putting myself through all this. It's also terrifying to really think that this may never happen for me. You know, if my body just not made to be pregnant? I don't know anymore. This is the day. The lord has made. We will rejoice, and she's going to get knocked up today. We're transferring two embryos today. Moments away before transfer. Just letting you guys know we're doing well. We're excited. For a patient like ours, Latanya, who has had severe tubal damage, we can now create embryos no the laboratory and transfer them into the uterus itself in hopes of getting her pregnant. We know we would take a test. And every night the line got darker. They checked. And it was positive. And it had a heartbeat. And they turned up the loudspeaker. We both started crying. It was the best sound I ever heard in my life. And we were like, yes, we made it to that step. Let's keep it going, keep it going. Coming up. The moment of truth. I'm nervous of what a bad result would do to Keri. I can already see that we're a wreck. We got news. Will the dream of being parents ever become a reality? This is it. I got the results from the

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