Their 7 embryos were biopsied by an embryologist at their clinic and were then frozen as they waited for the results. When their PGT-A results came back, they were surprised; 4 of the embryos were aneuploid and 2 embryos were high-level mosaics. These embryos were not recommended for transfer by Caitie’s IVF care team.
However, 1 embryo was euploid, and the family and IVF care team transferred that embryo on July 17, 2019.
“There was A LOT riding on that one tiny healthy embryo,” Caitie reminisces, “Thankfully, she stuck around…literally!. ”
Their daughter, Lucy, was welcomed to the family in April of 2020 and recently celebrated her first birthday. “We can’t imagine life without her. She’s so special and I can’t wait to share her story with her when she’s older” states Caitie.
When looking back at their IVF decisions, Caitie says she is happy they chose to pursue PGT. “You just never know – no matter your age or health! If we hadn’t gone through with testing, we potentially could have spent an additional $18,000 on failed transfers. We are young and have no other medical issues nor are there significant medical issues within our families. We know that some RE’s only suggest PGT-A to older couples or people with other [fertility] issues, but I’m glad it was offered to us, and we went through with it”.
Caitie and James hope to build their family in the future with a second child and recognize that, although they were able to have Lucy, having a child didn’t mean they were no longer infertile. “We don’t know if our path will lead us to a second child – time will tell! However, if we choose to go through IVF again, I wouldn’t hesitate to have our embryos tested. We are truly in awe of what science can offer us and the beautiful gift it helped bring to us”.