Moms and dads explain why they chose various forms of assisted reproductive technology to become parents.
Each child has his own story
“We have two children. After several unsuccessful attempts to get pregnant, I conceived and delivered a son using donor eggs. Two years later, we adopted a newborn domestically. I loved being pregnant and being able to nurse my son, but when we wanted a second child, we knew we couldn’t go through the stress and turmoil of infertility treatment again. Each of our children has a different story, and I wouldn’t change either one for anything.”
Staying close to the pregnancy
“After years of failed infertility treatment, my husband and I had almost given up. We didn’t have the energy or emotional stamina to keep trying. When our doctor suggested that we consider gestational surrogacy, that was hard to hear. But eventually I realized I could have a genetic child and be very close to the pregnancy, even if I wasn’t carrying the child myself. It was so exciting to be at that first ultrasound and hear my child’s heartbeat!”