By Leslie Toldo
Thursday, November 5th 2015
Twins. When Jennifer McCracken first learned she was having twins, she got very quiet. Like most first time mothers, planning for one baby can be overwhelming, but planning for twins can be at least a little scary at first.
Jenn felt fear, but not the "will I be a perfect mother for two newborns" type concerns that just about every mom to be goes through. Just handed a double-miracle, Jenn could not help but worry when the other shoe might drop, "You know it's hard. You want to be a mom. You want a complete family."
For two years, the McCracken's tried to get pregnant. They had many hopeful moments, and many disappointments, including a heart-breaking miscarriage.
"Your whole life just revolves around trying to create your family," she tells me, fighting off tears.
Not willing to allow their dreams of parenthood die, Jenn and her husband went for help at Hurley Medical Center. What they learned surprised them. Not only did they have several options, some of them were not as complicated as they expected.
"There is lack of knowledge to give them the hope they need," says Dr. Mostafa Abuzeid, a Reproductive Endocrinologist at Hurley.
Abuzeid says not only is the reproductive field advancing too quickly for most couples to keep up, even the most informed often assume fertility treatments are financially out of reach.
More involved procedures, like IVF, or in vitro fertilization, can be costly, but Dr. Abuzeid says the majority of couples do not need something that complex, "Although there are hi-tech procedures for those who need it, there are other problems that are really minor and need just a little bit of work to diagnose the problem."
In fact, according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, drugs and relatively simple surgical procedures successfully resolve nearly 90-percent of fertility issues. Fewer than three percent of couples warrant in-vitro fertilization.
After a long, difficult journey, artificial insemination is what ultimately brought Jenn her two little miracles.
"It was worth it. I would do it all again if I had to. It was so worth it."
Dr. Abuzeid is so passionate about helping couples realize their dreams of building families, he and his colleagues are hosting an informational program tonight at 6:00 at the Holiday Inn Gateway Center.