One round of IVF and two embryo transfers were unsuccessful, but finally, she got pregnant. Unfortunately, the embryo was implanted in a bad position. It was a cornual pregnancy, a rare and dangerous type of ectopic pregnancy. She needed emergency surgery, this time with Michael Leslie Nimaroff, MD, senior vice president and executive director of OB/GYN at Northwell.
A few months later, Jennifer tried another round of IVF and transfer—and again an embryo took hold in the wrong place, requiring yet another procedure. She pressed on with a second full round of IVF, including more stimulation medicines to produce more eggs to harvest and fertilize.
On Mother’s Day in 2016, she scheduled another transfer, which proved to be a good omen—this was the transfer that resulted in her becoming pregnant with her daughter. And on January 5, 2017, Allen Wesley Toles, MD, Jennifer’s OB/GYN, delivered her daughter, Sophia Rose, by cesarean section at Long Island Jewish Medical Center.
But she wasn’t finished.
“We had always wanted a really big family,” she said. “So we decided we were going to keep trying.”
Forging ahead with her third full round of IVF, Jennifer found the process had evolved. This time, her embryos underwent preimplantation genetic screening to detect abnormalities (all passed). She also was told she could leave the office without being wheeled out. All Jennifer’s hard work and resolve paid off—right now, she’s pregnant with her second child.