A couple who took out personal loans to fund $ 98,000 in IVF finally have the family of their dreams after welcoming their miracle twins.
Ashley Howard-Heimbuch, 34, and her husband, Alex Heimbuch, 35, of Detroit, have taken out personal loans and held dozens of fundraising events over the past three years to fund the thousands they spent on IVF.
After a year of trying to get pregnant on their own, Ashley and Alex first sought help in January 2018, where they found both Ashley’s fallopian tubes were blocked and had no chance. to conceive naturally.
Ashley Howard-Heimbuch, 34, and husband Alex Heimbuch, 35, welcomed miracle twins after taking out $ 98,000 in personal loans to pay for six rounds of IVF
After years of trying to conceive, the couple finally have the family of their dreams – doctors told them in 2018 that they had no chance of conceiving naturally
But in 2019, the couple were over the moon when their sixth cycle of IVF kicked off and they welcomed their twins in June 2020 – River Heimbuch, weighing 5 pounds 11 ounces and Brooks Heimbuch, weighing 5 pounds 2 ounces.
Ashley said: “Over the past three years we’ve racked up medical bills of around $ 75,000 trying to become parents because we had virtually no insurance coverage.
“We had taken out about $ 20,000 in loans to help pay for our medical bills and fulfill our dream of starting a family, the rest was paid in cash, which we raised through fundraising and credit cards. .
“After doing the first rounds of IVF, I became a pro when it comes to all the physical effects. I got used to the fatigue, nausea and pain from gunfire.
After a year of trying to get pregnant on their own, the couple learned that both Ashley’s fallopian tubes were blocked. So they turned to IVF and conceived twins River and Brooks.
Ashley, pictured with her husband and their twins, said she “became adept at all the physical effects” of IVF and quickly got used to “the fatigue, nausea and pain from the injections” .
During their penultimate IVF, after four previous failed attempts, their doctor discovered a benign tumor on Ashley’s uterus and they had to abandon their fifth IVF attempt.
“The mental effects were more difficult than the physical side.
“I was getting really disconnected and was just repeating the motions of the process that I had gone through over and over again.”
During their penultimate IVF, after four failed attempts, the couple’s doctor discovered a benign tumor on Ashley’s uterus.
As a result, their fifth cycle of IVF had to be dropped halfway.
“I then had to have surgery which removed 50% of the tumor and took medication for almost two months to further minimize the tumor,” Ashley said.
The couple started their sixth and final round of IVF in October of last year and it was a success. To their disbelief, they found out they were pregnant with twins
After discovering the tumor, Ashley had to undergo surgery which removed 50% of the tumor and she was on medication for almost two months.
After the operation, Ashley changed her mind and returned to IVF determined to stay positive about conception – and it was this sixth final round that proved to be a success.
“I was completely in shock when they found him, I felt so defeated.
“I thought to myself, what else can go wrong?”
“I couldn’t believe he had been overlooked so many times before because the doctor at the time told us he was there and had been growing for quite some time.
“I threw a pity party for a few days, I constantly thought that if this had been found before we could have succeeded sooner and saved so much money.
“But I had to change my mind, I had to think that could be the answer to the problems. I was much more optimistic and positive after that.
Ashley and Alex were stunned when told they had conceived twins River and Brooks born in June 2020 weighing 5 lbs 11 ounces and 5 lbs 2 ounces respectively.
While thrilled to have finally conceived, Ashley had a terrible pregnancy and ended up needing life-saving surgery at 14 weeks.
Ashley was hospitalized for almost a month after the operation because she developed a number of complications, including group B strep and E-coli.
The couple started their sixth and final round of IVF in October of last year and it was a success. To their disbelief, they found out that they were pregnant with twins.
“We were so thrilled after everything we had been through; I was so relieved that we finally did.
“We weren’t just going to have one baby, we had two. I couldn’t believe it.
“I ended up having a really terrible pregnancy. I had to undergo life-saving surgery at 14 weeks after being diagnosed with a very rare pregnancy condition called Incarcerated Uterus.
After returning home, Ashley was bedridden and developed severe anxiety and PTSD for the rest of my pregnancy.
Ashley is pictured having IVF given by Alex as the couple try to get pregnant
Ashley (right) and Alex with their children River and Brooks, whom they “love dearly” after years of trying to conceive
Ashley says she is now struggling with postpartum depression but is taking it day in and day out
“I was hospitalized for almost a month after the operation because I developed complications like group B streptococcus and E-coli.
“After I got home, I was bedridden and developed severe anxiety and PTSD for the rest of my pregnancy.‘
“Due to the condition, we were told to prepare as we would likely lose the twins. Fortunately, this did not happen.
“On June 19, 2020, I had a Cesarean and my twins were born, Brooks and River. We love them so much and we are so grateful to have them here with us.
“Now that River and Brooks are here, I am struggling with postpartum depression.
“There are good days and bad days, but I’m doing my best and I love my boys fiercely.”