Growing a Family

How the Wilson family grew with a lot of love—and a little help from modern science

“It wasn’t until I was ready to start a family that I discovered just how difficult it would be,” says Carrie Wilson.

In the course of a year and a half, Carrie and Chris Wilson experienced two miscarriages.

“After the second miscarriage we transferred our care to Kettering Reproductive Medicine,” says Carrie.

Offering comprehensive fertility care and treatment since 1998 Kettering Reproductive Medicine is the most experienced fertility clinic in the Dayton area. Mark Bidwell, MD, and Joseph Karnitis, MD, are board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology, and work alongside a specialty-trained nursing and lab team.

“Dr. Bidwell determined that I had poor egg quality. All options were presented to my husband and me—even the possibility that we may need to use an egg donor. We were thankful for the honest opinions, disappointed that we may never have a child with my DNA, but hopeful that we would still be successful with whichever path we chose,” says Carrie.

Carrie and Chris decided to utilize in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment with Carrie’s eggs accompanied with intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) and assisted hatching of the embryos.

“We endured an additional three IVF cycles, and due to my poor egg quality, each cycle returned no viable pregnancies. On the fourth IVF cycle we received our first positive pregnancy test in two years! We were pregnant with twins,” says Carrie.

When one twin passed away at eight weeks, it was a very emotional day for the Wilsons.

“We had never made it past eight weeks in a pregnancy, so we were elated that one baby had survived beyond that point, but also heartbroken for the baby we lost,” explains Carrie.

Claira was born in December 2012. When Claira was just over a year old, Carrie and Chris decided to return to Kettering Reproductive Medicine to try for baby number two.

After an additional three IVF cycles, the Wilsons received a positive pregnancy test. “Miracle baby number two, Cambri, was born on July 1, 2015,” says Carrie. “It’s been a long journey, but miracles do happen.”

To read the Wilson family’s full journey and learn more about your options visit Kettering Reproductive Medicine, or call (937)-395-8444
(Content from this article originally appeared in Health Connection Fall 2015)

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