In the same whirlwind week in September, 2018, Beth and Nicole hosted Beth’s family who were visiting from Australia, got married, and discovered they were pregnant.
Beth and Nicole had each known they wanted children, and before getting married the couple talked about their options. “It worked out well for us, in that we both wanted to have kids, I was happy to be pregnant, and Nicole was happy to let me be pregnant,” says Beth laughing. The couple’s son, Griffin, was born in the spring of 2019, and today is a happy, healthy, and busy toddler. At the time of writing, Beth is 30 weeks pregnant with their second child, a baby girl, due at the end of 2021.
“We’re incredibly lucky, and we know it. And we’re grateful to Mount Sinai Fertility, and all the support we’ve received through them.” Beth says that when they began researching fertility clinics, she chose Mount Sinai Fertility and didn’t have a second choice. “I work at the University of Toronto, and so I know that Mount Sinai Hospital is a research and teaching hospital, and I’m very big on supporting that. I knew this was where I wanted to be. At the time, I didn’t have a family doctor, I would just go to walk-in clinics as needed, so I didn’t even really have someone to give me a referral. But we researched and talked to different people and found someone who would refer us, and we’ve been with Mount Sinai Fertility ever since.”
Beth and Nicole are using the same sperm donor for both their pregnancies, so that their babies have a genetic connection. For Griffin, Beth used her own egg, and for their second pregnancy, Nicole’s egg was used.
“We were really lucky on that level, too. With Griffin, we did IUI rather than IVF, and we got pregnant on the third attempt which was better than we had hoped for. Dr. Russo, our doctor, had been so confident from the beginning, but we were assuming it would be a long road. We were surprised and relieved when we got pregnant so quickly with Griffin,” says Nicole. For their second pregnancy, their luck continued, and they got pregnant on their first IVF implantation cycle.
For their second pregnancy, their luck continued, and they got pregnant on their first IVF implantation cycle.