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This Photo Of A Baby Surrounded By Syringes Is Going Viral For The Best Possible Reason

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While some women have no issues getting and staying pregnant, there are others who go through more than most of us could ever even imagine to have a baby. A photo posted on the Sher Institutes facebook page perfectly illustrates just what some women experience in their struggles with IVF to have a baby.

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The image shows a newborn girl surrounded by a heart made out of syringes - the syringes that represent the countless injections her mother endured so that she could have a baby. And according to ABC News, that wasn't even all the supplies the mom used. According to Dr. Molina Dayal the mother had been through multiple IVF cycles over the course of a year and a half.

 

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The mother, known as Angela, told the news station that her advice for other women in the same situation was to "hang in there."

"The needles were the easy part. It was the emotional struggle, the ups and downs, that really took a toll," she said to ABC News. "I'm single and waited a long time for a husband to come. And then by that time it was difficult to get pregnant."

The picture has already received almost 10k likes and over three thousand shares on the Sher Institute facebook page, with many commenting about their own fertility struggles and sharing pictures of their own IVF children. One sentiment that is shared amongst all the comments is that no matter how many syringes it took, it was always worth it.

Did you struggle with fertility? Can you relate to this picture?

 
Kelli Catana

Kelli Catana is a Canadian living in the US with a longstanding love affair with entertainment news and celebrity gossip. She has written about it for some of the most popular websites in both Canada and the US including Entertainment Tonight Canada, I'm Not Obsessed and Babble. When she's not chauffeuring her 4 kids back and forth to the rink for various hockey and figure skating activities, she can be found glued to Netflix or reading a great book.

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6 Comments
  1. 5 years of IVF. Countless injections. 2 miscarriages. Thousands of tears both sadness and joy. I was down to my last 3 frozen embryos and asked for all three to be put in. My husband gave up hope after 3 years. I couldn’t let it go. The only thing I had ever wanted was a family. Out of the three put in on my last round, we had an amazing, healthy, happy boy. He is 5.5 years old now and life is amazing with him. I would do it all over again for him. Every injection. Every tear shed in my closet, in the bathroom at work, in my car at the grocery store. Every gut wrenching moment I was strong enough to endure for him. And would do it again.

  2. After 14 years of marriage and no children, I just completed my first IVF (ironically also with Dr. Dayal at Sher St. Louis) and am pregnant for the first time in my life. I went through fibroid surgery, ovarian cyst treatment, and 5 failed IUIs before moving on to IVF. I can attest to all the empty syringes and vials you see in this photo. It’s being described as depicting the pain and joy of IVF and it’s so true. Every blood draw, every daily injection, every IV. At one point I was up to four injections a day, plus intralipid infusions to treat my natural killer cells. Now that I’m pregnant, I’m down to one nightly injection for the next six weeks. IVF has been one of the most difficult and worthwhile things I’ve ever gone through. My husband and I just can’t wait until we’re holding the precious bundle of love in the middle of this photo.

  3. Absolutely! How about the treatments prior to IVF? Because the Insurance requested you tried all of the other methods first! It’s insane! Emotionally you end up dead! Amazing what we have to go thru just to have them in our arms!! All worth it!!! Thank you God for my twins!!

  4. This article doesn’t make mention of the financial strain of infertility. Some couples have to drain their bank accounts or go into debt to try to have a baby and even then sometimes it doesn’t work. To give all you have and more financially & emotionally and still come up empty handed is heart breaking. The stress of trying to find ways to come up with the money for the next round just compounds the impact infertility can have on a person’s self-esteem. And that’s the couples lucky enough to be able to find the means to save up for the next treatment, many have to give up on their dream to have a child before they can even try advanced reproductive methods. It could be argued that couples who can’t save enough for IVF shouldn’t have children, but I am talking about well above poverty, regular working couples who are able to make ends meet fine but can’t find an extra $1000 a month to be able to afford treatment in the next 2 years. It’s a heartbreaking journey with so many elements that make it even harder.

  5. My sister sent me this picture, I cried right away as i was reading it. Going through the emotional journey, all the tests, medications, injections, tears it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. You don’t realize how strong you are and what your body can endure until you are tested. I went through 3 cycles was very ill my last cycle, had some awful viral
    Illness, I thought there is no way this will work. It did and I cried the happiest tears ever! Not a day goes by that I don’t think about what I went through, but it was worth it. I am so grateful and thankful everyday.

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