A Light at the End of the Tunnel: Time for a Surrogate
This story originally appeared on parenting.com
JOHN: After the adoption didn’t work out, the fertility specialist, Dr. Douglas Austin, suggested in vitro fertilization. Although Tasha never had trouble getting pregnant at first, it was taking us longer to conceive, and he told us about some studies that showed IVF has high success rates in women who have recurrent pregnancy loss.
So even though it was a financial struggle, we came up with the more than $10,000 it would cost and hoped that finally, Tasha would carry a baby to term. He fertilized 30 of her eggs with my sperm and implanted Tasha with three embryos.
She made it to about ten weeks.
The next time we saw Dr. Austin, he told us we should try a surrogate.
RAQUEL: In the summer of 2005, Tasha and John came over and told us about that last miscarriage. We all cried. Then John told us what Dr. Austin had said about having a surrogate, and we didn’t even have to think about it — we said we’d do it.
Dr. Austin started me on hormone therapy and implanted me with two of Tasha and John’s embryos that had been frozen f