Episode 12: The Road to Grey: Part 2. The Continued Journey Through Reciprocal IVF.


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Sarah & Jess continue to learn from and listen to Heather and Hayley as they continue taking us on their journey to meeting their son Grey through Reciprocal IVF. Over our two episodes they discuss the early stages of research, to picking a sperm donor, to the personal decisions, painful procedures, pregnancy, delivery and birth of their son, to adjusting to parenthood, and deciding what’s next! They cover the ins and outs, costs associated, the risks and rewards, difficult decisions, the discriminatory and privileged processes, and what it was like navigating through (traditionally) heteronormative systems as a same sex couple.
In this Part 2 episode, the gals pick up where we left off - first by telling us how many eggs were retrieved (o m g !), what happened next, the reality of the IVF number game, the fertilization & embryo transfer processes, navigating through systems as a same-sex, bi-racial couple in every trimester, especially the fourth. Tough conversations, the importance of language, learning experiences, relationship roles, and name calling. Heather and Hayley are open and honest as they answer our questions, share their experiences, and tell us about the ups and downs experienced before, during, and after the birth of their son. What will Grey call them? Will they have more children? Did they face discrimination along the way? What has been the toughest part of parenthood thus far?
A real story of fate, love, strength and determination. They share how their dream became a reality with the love and support of friends, family and their incredible medical team. Heather and Hayley feel lucky and grateful for their experience and are happy to share their journey with us today, however, they do so while also acknowledging, honouring and recognizing how difficult of a process IVF is for those who go through it – everyone’s journey is unique and the outcomes can be so varied.
This is Part 2 of a 2 Part series.
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