For Deanna and Sean, trying to have a child was an emotional roller coaster. After years of unsuccessful attempts and two devastating losses left them with broken hearts, they turned to the staff at the Center for Advanced Reproductive Medicine at Cabell Huntington Hospital.
It was there that their nearly eight-year struggle toward parenthood finally brought some good news. After in vitro fertilization (IVF) under the direction of William Burns, MD, Deanna and Sean were able to become parents in June 2006. Their daughter, Lauren Grace, was an answer to prayers.
"From where we came with all the difficulties, I finally felt that God blessed us with this pregnancy," Deanna said.
Deanna, now 41, and Sean, 35, said Dr. Burns and his staff were available to help them throughout the entire process and always went above and beyond what the couple expected.
"Following the egg retrieval, Dr. Burns would call me every morning to give me an update on how things were progressing," Deanna said. "There aren't words to describe how important those phone calls were for us. We could not have asked for a more informative and caring doctor."
Despite all the struggles and the efforts to remedy their infertility, Sean and Deanna both said looking at their daughter reminds them of how they overcame those struggles.
"I think suffering from infertility is as traumatic as having a horrible disease," Deanna said. "It makes you feel like less of a woman because you are not able do what you?re supposed to be able to do."
When Deanna and Sean made their decision to attempt IVF, they said it was based on the experience and atmosphere of Cabell Huntington Hospital's Center for Advanced Reproductive Medicine. And, Cabell Huntington Hospital?s lab has a success rate that is higher than most other IVF programs of similar size.
"Dr. Burns is always concerned with you as an individual and not as just a statistic for the lab," Deanna said. "We thank God and Dr. Burns and his staff for our precious little angel. We would go through the whole process again tomorrow to have our little girl".