A lady named Luise Hoehn who had spent almost $200,000 and failed in six rounds, gave birth to her first child at the age of 52 and now thinking to have another baby.
On Christmas day, Luise from Lowell, Massachusetts, welcomed her son named Stellan. The 52-year-old was using donor eggs for six years and after IV therapies she finally got the chance to be a mother.
As per Daily Mail, “Luise, who will be 53 in May, spent $75,000 on donor eggs, following six disappointing failed rounds using her own eggs – costing more than $115,000.”
In the year 2007, she met her life partner named Dean Biele for the very first time. Dean who is five years younger than Louise, was just 32-years-old at that time and her age was 37.
In 2012, they started living together and after that they tried many times to conceive naturally and after some years back in 2016, the couple decided to start their fertility treatment.
“But at 46, Luise was already over the cut-off age for many clinics, and when the couple did find a specialist, they discovered their insurance would not cover most of the treatment cost because of Luise’s age.”
While talking to Daily Mail, the newly mother told that before meeting to the love of her life, Biele she never thought to start her own family.
“Before meeting Dean, I’d never met someone I wanted a family with. I had a fulfilling job as a nanny, helping to raise other people’s children and simply thought I would meet the right person and one day have my own.”
She also said that after entering in her forties, she started taking stress regarding her fertility and if she could conceive naturally.
“When I was 42, my doctor asked if I wanted to talk to an IVF specialist,” she said. “It had never occurred to me to freeze my eggs and I believed it would happen naturally, so I said no.”
After her 46th birthday, she stopped getting her periods for two months and when she asked her doctor about her condition, they advised her to take a quick decision if she wanted to start her family because at that time she was on menopause.
“Thankfully, it wasn’t the start of menopause, but the scare made me stop waiting for something to happen naturally,” said Luise. “We had our first IVF consultation in January 2016 and the doctors recommended opting for donor eggs.”
She further said, “I was very disappointed. The doctor said I would have more success with donor eggs because I was past the ideal age for trying with my own eggs, but I decided to try with them anyway.”
On February, 2017, Luise tied the knot to Dean and in March, she went through her first IVF cycle.
The first attempt got failed, so, the pair took an advice to a local doctor and decided to go through two more cycles. However, all went unsuccessful.
After that, they went to a clinic in Manhattan to undergo another cycles.
She shared with the Daily Mail, “My husband’s insurance paid for the first round and half the second round,”
“After that, we are fortunate that Dean has a job that afforded us the opportunity to keep trying more IVF cycles and we had to keep trying because it was what we both wanted.”
After trying multiple times, the two mutually decided go for a donor egg.
“My last IVF attempt with my eggs was in 2018, but we didn’t confirm our donor until 2021. I found our donor in 2019, but my husband wasn’t convinced that I had searched enough,” she said.
“He asked me to keep searching other agencies.”
Talking about her donor, Luise described,
“I am over the moon with the donor, she matches me perfectly. Ethnically, she could be my sibling, but also her personality and characteristics meant she was an ideal match for what I was looking for as my stand in for my genetic half.”
“It was important I found someone who represented me, and I went through several agencies.”
In May 2022, the happiest moment came after their first embryo, when Luise found out that she was going to be a mom.
“I didn’t make a big announcement on social media because I was unsure how I would handle the pregnancy and I didn’t want to attract lots of questions.”
The Massachusetts native also said that now she would become more wise mother to her son than she would have been when she was younger.
“Some of my friends are grandparents. We are just starting, but there’s something to be said for life experience. I am confident in what I can do and our choices in how we will raise a child.”
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