After years of unsuccessful tries, Christy and Ryan Beck from Richmond, Virginia, initially felt they would never be parents. However, they are now celebrating the birth of “miracle” triplets. The couple made the decision to take out a $30,000 (£23,000) loan to pay for one more round of IVF after years of unsuccessful fertility treatments.
In order to boost their chances of success, they transplanted two embryos, and it worked—early tests revealed Christy was pregnant twins. A third ‘hidden’ baby was found during an ultrasound at 12 weeks, but instead of celebrating, the couple was forced to make the unthinkable choice between giving up one child and running the chance of losing two.
Thankfully, Christy gave birth to Rockwell and identical twins Cali and Elli five months ago, whom she refers to as a “little miracle” because they declined to terminate one of the children. Christy, who is now a full-time mother, maintains that their child is priceless despite the debt the couple is currently experiencing.
It was definitely her final chance to be a parent, she added. We took a tremendous risk by taking out the loan; if it failed, we would still owe $30,000 (£23,000) and be childless.
We were so astonished when we learned we had three kids that day; we just couldn’t believe it. We were informed that identical twins share a placenta, which reduces the possibility of one receiving enough blood and increasing the risk of the other receiving too much blood survival at risk.
I was given the option of having one of my children terminated or losing my twins. However, we believed that we had a third child for a reason, so we made the decision to take a chance. I fretted for the rest of my pregnancy and kept checking on all three to see if they were breathing, if they had a heartbeat, and if their limbs, fingers, and toes were enough.
It is a true wonder that all three of them are still alive and healthy, with no hearing, vision, or other issues. Due to her advanced age and uncertainty about her capacity to conceive, Christy sought the advice of reproductive experts. They tried in vitro fertilization (IVF) and intrauterine insemination (IUI) knowing that their biological clock was against them.
We have two casts to increase our chances of success because we truly need it to. The doctor consented to implant two embryos because I was 41 years old and couldn’t afford to spend any more time. I was hoping it would split into my two identical twin girls, and sure enough, it did. Christy took a pregnancy test nine days earlier than advised after going into labor and found out she was pregnant.
The expecting mother had to stay in bed starting at week 20 because of her high-risk pregnancy. Three infants weighed heavily on her gallbladder, making it difficult for her to move and causing her agony and acid reflux. But when she gave birth to three healthy children on April 6, it was all worth it.
Christy said: “It was a beautiful moment, I remember hearing my little boy, who came out first, crying and that was the moment I burst into tears. We took out a loan for our children. but it’s totally worth it, I’d rather them than a new car or anything else we could do with that money. Every day I’m so grateful they’ve been in our lives, there are days when it’s hard to be triplets but that’s what we signed up for and are so happy to have our family.’ ‘