GREENSBORO, NC (CBS)
After years of trying to conceive a child, Susie Troxler has fulfilled her dream of becoming a mother – at the age of 50. Troxler and her husband, Tony, have been together for 13 years and have always wanted a child. con, but that never happened until Troxler met Dr. Carolyn Harraway-Smith.
Troxler, a psychologist in Greensboro, North Carolina, told CBS affiliate WFMY: “We got married later and we just assumed we were going to get pregnant like most people do.
“One year turned into two, then three, but when it had to be nine, 10, 11 years, we were like something was going to happen and I wasn’t sure what it was,” she said.
She said both she and her husband, 61, had a number of health problems that prevented them from trying to conceive. On top of that, women’s fertility declines as they age. “I’m 50 years old. I was born in 1971 and I have no shame about it,” she said.
But during an annual checkup, Troxler met with Harraway-Smith, Cone Health’s medical director of women’s health. “Near the end of my appointment, Dr. Harraway-Smith asked, ‘Anything else? Troxler said, according to a press release from the hospital. “If she hadn’t asked that question, this baby probably wouldn’t be here.”
Troxler told the doctor she wanted to be a mother, but she and her husband faced challenges during conception. “I was very disappointed to hear her say that no one had ever asked them or given them fertility options,” says Harraway-Smith. “I would advise anyone looking to conceive to talk to your provider and let them know your future concerns and goals for family planning.”
Harraway-Smith spoke with Troxler about her options, and they decided in vitro fertilization was best.
In vitro fertilization, also known as IVF, is a complex process of collecting mature eggs from a woman’s ovaries and fertilizing them with sperm to create an embryo. These embryos can then be frozen or implanted in the uterus, for the woman to carry.
According to a 2014 study, nearly 100% of 50-year-old women are unable to conceive naturally. IVF does not reverse the effects of age. Studies have also shown that after age 50, conceiving through IVF may be associated with a higher risk of preterm birth, low fetal size and weight, and fetal death.
“I don’t think this late-afternoon pregnancy is for everyone. There are risks associated with both you and the pregnancy, including miscarriage and diabetes, among other health problems,” Harraway-Smith told WFMY.
Troxlers went through IVF for two years without luck. “None of that worked, and we’ve reached our final embryo,” says Troxler.
The embryo was eventually implanted and the couple eventually conceived a baby. “They took me in for an ultrasound, and the first thing they said was ‘Oh, she’s moving!’ I said, “Yes!”
The couple welcomed daughter Lily, whom they call their “miracle baby,” on September 29. Lily was born 5 lbs, 12 oz. and delivered by Harraway-Smith himself.
“It was very surreal,” Troxler said. “Everything came together for that moment to happen. It’s hard to stick together – we’re no longer just husband and wife, we’re ‘mom’ and ‘dad’. ”
Harraway-Smith says: “It’s always been a treat when I can get pregnant and complete the birth, but this is more special. “When I started part c, Susie was humming a gospel song that I was very familiar with. I know we’re both in good hands. “
Although their child was a miracle, Troxler’s husband said he always knew they would become parents. “We knew we were going to have kids eventually,” said Tony, who also works at Cone Health’s Moses Cone Hospital and the Women & Children’s Center as head of security. “We will not give up. We had that belief. We dreamed of her. We know no matter how it goes, it will happen. “
“Before she was born, she was wrapped around her little finger by me,” he said of Lily. “I love her so much. Every time I look at her, I feel like I’m just staring at her. Surprise!”
The Trojans call Lily their “little warrior princess” and they hope their story can inspire others. “After you do your homework, move on,” says Troxler. “You never know what life will open up to you. The last thing you want is to say, ‘I’m too old.’ You don’t want that to be the end of any dream. Follow your dreams to the end”.
The couple is at home with Lily, now two months old. “We are very happy. Lack of sleep, but completely beyond worth it. She’s a miracle baby,” Troxler said.
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