On this episode, Sonia and Jessica discuss the recent news article about an IVF patient who was given the wrong medication by her local pharmacy and 5 tips for coping with the lasting trauma of infertility after successfully conceiving and having a baby. Spoiler alert, dinosaurs giving birth need to advocate for themselves, but also a reminder- we’re not actually dinosaurs, we’re just Geriatric Mamas.
Topics discussed in this episode:
News Article About IVF Medication Mistake (15:20)
Coping With The Trauma of Infertility After Successfully Conceiving & Having a Baby (22:17)
Tip #1 (28:20)
Tip #2 (31:15)
Tip #3 (32:50)
Virgin River Spoiler Alert Starts (40:46) ends (41:28)
PTSD After Baby is Born (41:44)
Correction for Coffee Convos Episode Topic About 21-Month Old Baby Girl’s Death After Being Hit by a Tow Truck in Maine (44:13)
Is Waiting for The Other Shoe To Drop Postpartum Depression? (46:24)
Tip #4 (47:20)
Tip #5 (51:34)
A Recap: This is What You Get when We Record During Cocktail Hour (51:56)
Show notes including all links referenced in this podcast episode can be found at geriatricmamas.com/podcast.
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“They just killed my baby,” Tamika Thomas told 8 News Now. “Both my babies, because I transferred two embryos.”
The mom of 4 had been undergoing in vitro fertilization, a lengthy process in which fertilized embryos are implanted in the uterus to lead to a successful pregnancy, according to the Mayo Clinic. She and her husband had turned to IVF after having her Fallopian tubes removed, and they had paid for the expensive procedure out-of-pocket.
Thomas had just had two embryos transferred when she went to pick up medication to help her body “think it's pregnant.”
“Infertility changes how you see yourself and the world. Somewhere along the journey, many of us stop feeling as though it is something that is happening to us, but instead begin to believe that it is a part of who we are. You become used to living in a constant state of fluctuating despair and hope. And this doesn’t turn off when and if you get pregnant. It doesn’t turn off when you hear or see the heartbeat. My son is 3. I’m still trying to turn it off.
Six months into motherhood, I felt as if I was in quicksand. I’d gotten through infertility, gotten past a failed adoption, braced my way through I.V.F. and a C-section. I should have felt invincible, but instead, I was numb. I felt as if the other shoe would drop at any moment. I had to pay for the victory that was my son, didn’t I? That was the routine of the roller coaster infertility had been for us. No success without swift defeat.”
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