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(soft music) – [Deirdre] I’ve replayed it in my mind probably a thousand times I see a boogie – Oh no! Deirdre’s obsessed with her nose – Well I want her to breathe (laughing) I just can’t believe I have her in my arms Let’s do this baby Hello baby Right baby? – [Man] What kind of nicknames do we have so far? – Baby It’s just so incredible She farted, so I think back to a year ago, I had no idea what was going to happen (upbeat music) Come on Okay we have to be careful now, we’re going on the main road Good girls My name is Deirdre Diener I live in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania Here we have the master – Wow – [Deirdre] I just bought a house, it’s an old house so it needs some TLC – This is beautiful – Good kid, never had to worry about her A natural born leader, she excelled at everything she did Her siblings would tease all the time, Marcia, Marcia, Marcia, Deirdre, Deirdre, Deirdre! (laughing) Because she was so perfect – [Deirdre] I’m one of four kids We spend a lot of time together, a lot of joking (laughing) There ya go – Wow – We’re all big sports fans I’m a huge Philadelphia Eagles fan Like, diehard It’s a great time in my life right now (slow music) I have wanted to be a mother for, gosh, I think my entire life And I always thought that it would be there and that I would get to it With my career, being 43 and being a single person, I thought wow, my dream is gone And once I dusted myself off, I made the determination that I was going for it Isn’t this crazy? There were several paths that you could take The one that I was most passionate about was seeing if I could carry a child And that’s when I engaged with Penn (upbeat music) The first time I met Dr. Gracia, I’m like she is totally gonna be my doctor – Deirdre is just an amazing person She’s full of energy, full of life (laughing) She came in with the goal in mind She wanted to have a baby – And we sat in her office and she’s like, so tell me what’s going on? I literally felt like I was having a conversation with another friend – Exciting! We’re embarking on this process – Yes – You look nice – [Deirdre] You know we just had a very honest conversation – So fertility declines as a woman gets older A woman’s peak fertility is probably when they’re less than 33 years of age and slowly goes down After 40 it’s extremely difficult to get pregnant, even with the most aggressive fertility treatments like IVF We did some tests to see how her ovaries were aging and we found that she really didn’t have many eggs left in her ovaries and so the success rate for IVF was probably less than 5% for her (optimistic music) And then we talked a little bit about the option of using another woman’s egg, so egg donation And in that situation she uses an egg from a woman who’s less than 33 years of age and the success rates are very, very high – It was sort of a clear cut choice for me And Dr. Gracia was great about it, she was like, you just want to have a baby I’m like, yeah, I just want to have a baby so let’s go (laughing) – I think we can move forward – No, I’m excited I think this is gonna be awesome – [Dr. Gracia] There are two ops when you’re using a donor egg You can either have the donor go and retrieve fresh eggs which then can be fertilized, embryos can be made and transferred Or you can purchase previously frozen eggs that then can be fertilized and an embryo can be created She decided to do fresh egg donation which means that the egg donor goes through the process of ovarian stimulation and then we retrieve the eggs from the donor through a minor surgical procedure – We had an action plan, we went from there Literally like things were put on the books – Most important, I think we really try to help shepherd patients through the process of fertility, giving them a really supportive, kind of nurturing environment, so they feel comfortable – I’ll never forget the last thing she said to me was, “Alright, well let’s get you pregnant.” And it was like, okay we’re going (light music) I called my mom right away and I’ll never forget, like it was just such an emotional conversation and my mom was like so supportive about it and the fact that my mom was like, you are gonna be the best mom and I’m 100% with you, it was just crazy awesome

– You know when she came to me with her decision, I became very emotional because it was really her dream for herself and my dream for her – So it was just really cool to have that support It didn’t feel real until that moment (upbeat music) I went into the appointment, I guess it was like a week later and it was a three hour appointment with Jenn who is the administrator of the program The first aspect of the appointment was to understand the program The ins and outs, the costs We looked through the book of egg donors that were there and there’s a beautiful profile, I mean so detailed For me, I wanted to understand the make up of both the egg donor as well as the sperm donor – Her and I chose the guy together (laughing) – I’m kind of hopeful that Carson Wentz might be willing to be the donor for the other portion of this situation – Well there was a couple that she liked that I wasn’t crazy about but I mean the one we settled on was perfect, it felt very blessed that we were able to receive his sperm (laughing) It’s weird saying that (invigorating music) – So I’m doing my first shot today I’m a little nervous When you’re talking about IVF in general there are a lot of different protocols and it’s really tailored to the individual patient – Deirdre had to take medications in order to build the lining of her uterus – So it first started out with an injection of Lupron in the stomach When you’re moving closer to the transfer date, you switch to an injection in your butt It’s a pretty big needle The progesterone shots, you need to numb yourself up for that Ah-ya-ya, okay – I think patients initially are a little bit worried about the injections but with appropriate teaching and support, most patients are able to get through without a problem – Okay I did it, it didn’t hurt that bad There ya have it (upbeat music) We’re at Penn Medicine and I’m doing my, what’s called baseline, so hopefully I’ve done all this good work leading up to today in order to have my uterus prepped for the next step which would be the embryo transfer – Hello – Hi – How are you? Good to see you – Happy new year – Happy new year – Hi! – [Dr. Gracia] During this process I’m meeting with Deirdre regularly, looking at ultrasounds and blood work to make sure her lining is getting thick enough and it adequate for a pregnancy – This is crazy – Deirdre did beautifully throughout the process Her lining grew just as expected – Sounds like it’s pretty good news so I’m excited (laughing) So this is the last big appointment before the transfer They’re just trying to make sure that hormone levels are good And then the ultrasound is really to check my lining of the uterus In sync the egg donor has been doing appointments every day and I got really great news yesterday that she has 35 follicles, that they’re looking big which is important so it looks like things are maturing and I probably will know by the end of this week whether the transfer’s happening on the Super Bowl, which would be unbelievable if the Eagles won or you know somewhere around there so I’m like so excited It’s like Christmas times 25 (upbeat music) Hello, big day! I am thrilled to report she had 19 eggs so I get 10 of them! – Normally we expect that 60% to 70% of the eggs will fertilize and form embryos In Deidre’s case she had 100% fertilization which is amazing So from there we expect that about 50% to 60% of the fertilized eggs will make it to the blastocyst stage, and in her case, eight out of 10 made it to the blastocyst stage which was, again, better than average so she did great – Essentially it’s now up to my body This is crazy (laughing) I’m too smiley, I know (opening door) Oh my gosh, you wore green for me Got the green coat on – Hi! You wore green for me, too! (upbeat music) – Transfer is very exciting and it was even more exciting because the Eagles had just won the night before and so Deidre was outfitted in Eagles paraphernalia which was awesome – The best 24 hours of my life So I walked into the office and Jenn Bungo and the nurse, Becky was there,

felt like my family was there Here it is! – Okay, so exciting So let me go over some of the results with you So we had amazing news on transfer day We showed her kind of how the embryos had progressed from the 10 eggs we retrieved to the eight embryos we had So four are perfect, basically 4AA, 4AA, 4AA, 4AA and then you have two 4 ABs – Okay Is that an above average result? – Definitely (laughing) – Cause I’m not an overachiever at all That’s when I was just like, oh my gosh, this is happening today (slow music) – [Dr. Gracia] It’s incredibly exciting You’re putting an embryo in a woman’s uterus and she has the possibility of becoming pregnant – Oh my gosh, look, I have two different socks on That’s how distracted I was this morning I was so excited to get in here – [Dr. Gracia] So first we position her on the table This is the bladder – The bladder here – That’s your uterus I take a small catheter Once I have it right through the cervix, I call out to the embryologist and then they come in with the embryo in the inner catheter – This is so surreal – [Dr. Gracia] Then we inject the embryo and you see the bubbles go into the uterus And then we’re done – Wow – [Dr. Gracia] It looks good, this is awesome! – Picture for you – Oh my gosh – Okay, good luck – Look at this (light music) (laughing) – [Deirdre] It’s the most magical feeling I’ve ever experienced in my entire life, full stop, end of story – [Dr. Gracia] Most people’s first baby picture is probably the anatomy scan now when you’re 18 weeks pregnant But the incredible thing is we have a picture of the baby when it’s 150 cells big – People don’t get a picture of your child that early Isn’t that wild? – Everything went great with the transfer and the next big milestone is the pregnancy test 10 days later and that’s when we find out if this worked 10 days (exhaling) – Longest 10 days of my life (upbeat music) – [Karen] We could put it on the rod and flip it – All the little things like in the moment, if everything looks good, I’m really looking forward to experiencing that with my mom I mean she’s like the best mom in the world and I know everybody says that but my mom is best And now I’m gonna get choked up – It looks beautiful – Yeah – It really does – This has also been my dream, is to share this with her and I know she feels that way, too That looks perfect – It makes me want to cry – Curtains? My mom raised four kids and she also had an in home daycare Like she’s been raising kids her whole life so I got the expert, I got the guru and I fully expect that she share the manual with me (anticipatory music) – Getting through the embryo transfer, that was a huge milestone but about 10 days later she gets her pregnancy test – I was at the office the day that Becky was calling I was predicting when she would call and I was waiting and waiting and waiting I kept on doing deep breaths I was just trying to be very calm I got the call I’m calling her back now So I actually got the message that I should call the office so I immediately sprung into a room to call to find out what was going on (phone ringing) – Hi, it’s Becky – It could have been a bad result and I wanted to be prepared for any type of news I had a flash of, there could be a problem – Congratulations – Oh my gosh! – [Becky] You are pregnant (laughing) – I was literally like, oh my gosh! I felt like a unicorn, I swear. (laughing) – [Becky] You are very pregnant, your level looks great – Really, what is it? – It’s, oh this must be lucky, it’s 678, six-seven-eight – Oh my gosh – So when we get those results normally we’re looking for levels above 150 – [Becky] It’s definitely a strong positive – Is there any chance of twins at that high? So there’s been an ongoing joke that I’m having twins because my brothers are identical twins and I was like, okay, that’s enough We’re not doing that joke anymore – [Becky] There’s always a chance You know that does happen – Sure – It’s a small chance – That a whole different dynamic that I didn’t prepare for

– Yeah – The number doesn’t really tell us – Got it – [Becky] But that’s not necessarily the case – Oh my gosh Becky, you have made my life I hope the news continues, I know it’s very early – [Becky] Definitely off to a great start and then your first ultrasound would be in about two and a half weeks – We stayed on the phone for like 15 minutes It was like a whole fun celebration It was the coolest thing in the world and I’m so grateful and blessed I feel like – Have a nice weekend – Alright, you too – Alright, bye – Bye (laughing) – We really need to do an ultrasound to make sure everything is going well with the pregnancy The blood test looked good but sometimes the pregnancy is not developing normally and it could become a miscarriage for example Deirdre was incredibly nervous and excited when she came in for her ultrasound How are you? – I’m great I feel very pregnant – This is crazy Do you? Like what? – I hate food – Oh, okay Just nauseated? – Chicken is not my friend – She was just like brimming with energy – I was nervous that I didn’t prepare enough like drinking-wise – What do you mean? You don’t need to drink anything – I know, well I was like, wait minute, do I have to drink like a gallon of water? I was trying to play it cool but I was very nervous – So here we are There is the yolk sac – Uh-huh – [Dr. Gracia] There’s the little heartbeat right there – I see it! It’s like a little flicker – Right there – Oh my gosh, it’s so tiny! What was amazing was you not only saw this little human growing but the heartbeat was there And it was just pulsating So it’s in the right spot and everything? – Yeah, it looks perfect – And I don’t have twins? – You do not have twins – Thank god Oh my god, if I had twins – We saw thankfully everything looked great We were thrilled This is amazing (clapping) (giggling) – So I’m able to maybe relax a little bit – Alright, well good luck – Thank you, I appreciate it – I’ll see you back in one to two weeks – Okay – Well go from there – Great, thank you – Alright, take care, bye – How crazy is that? Did you see the heartbeat? It’s like a little flicker It’s like a little star It’s so crazy (upbeat music) So then there’s this room which is the best room in the house I might be ahead of schedule, as you probably can guess with my personality type, with certain things This is the baby’s room – Nice – Wow – [Deirdre] The nursery is pretty much done – Nice – Aw – I bought it the night of the Superbowl, the night before the transfer, in hopes that this worked and it did – Look at this guy – I know! – Whoa (laughing) In every horror movie, this thing moves on it’s own first – You know what? That’s really nice (laughing) Really nice And look, my first championship Alright – That was fun, yeah – Yeah, right, right? – Yeah, there ya go (light music) – Once you get to eight weeks of pregnancy with a heartbeat, the likelihood of miscarriage drops to less than 5% After the eight week ultrasound, if everything looks good, essentially our job is done at Penn Fertility Care and we view it as kind of a graduation – My mom is on FaceTime here, I wanted her to be a part of this magical moment This is graduation day – Hi – Hi, I have my mom on FaceTime – Oh my gosh! How are you? – You remember Dr. Gracia? And this is Jenn – Hi – Hi Jenn – This is awesome – This is Karen Diener – Hi, Karen Diener – She looks like you – Isn’t she so cute? – So at the eight week ultrasound visit we put her mom on the FaceTime, she was very cute – Did you get dressed up for this event? – Oh I did – She’s lookin’ good – And then she was showing her mom the ultrasound while we were doing it and we could see the baby move and the heartbeat Oh my gosh, it’s so cute, it’s moving – Oh my gosh it’s moving! – Oh my gosh – [Deirdre] It totally looks like a child – There’s the head – It does – [Dr. Gracia] There’s the body, there’s the heartbeat – I’m gonna cry – Aw – [Deirdre] Don’t cry, then you’re gonna make me cry (laughing) – The whole process has been kind of surreal I felt like I was part of it from the beginning which I really appreciated – Every time I talk about my mom I get choked up (laughing) I always wanted to experience this with my mom And I know my mom has always wanted to experience this so the fact that I’m lucky enough to have this opportunity but then also to be able to have her in the mix

It’s just so cool (slow music) The last ultrasound, it’s the last hurrah within the fertility side of the practice so I’m kind of sad about that, I’m not gonna lie I feel like I have developed such a bond with the folks in the fertility side of Penn – Oh my gosh – This is so emotional Thank you so much – Yes After spending so much time and energy on getting her pregnant and getting to this point, we’re excited on the one hand and happy for them that they’re moving on but also sad that we’re not gonna be seeing them as much as we have Patients really do feel like family to me, especially those with whom, you know, you’ve created kind of a bond, like Deirdre I’m so happy – Thank you for everything Really, it’s just such– – I can’t wait to see this little baby – I know I think he or she’s gonna be like a football player it seems – Awesome I’m really excited for Deidre to come back and show us her little bundle of joy and maybe to have another one, we’ll see (upbeat music) – So I’m gonna be large at Rose’s wedding – Rose’s wedding’s in two weeks – Yeah – What’s gonna happen in two weeks? – Yeah, seriously – I just feel like a loaf right now The pregnancy has gone so well I’m so excited, it’s six week away from my due date It’s literally right around the corner and it feels like every time a week’s gone by, it becomes more and more real – I’ve never seen a pregnant woman that’s not beautiful – That’s true – I think all pregnant women are beautiful, they have an inner glow – Pregnancy brain, that’s real I can say 100% I went all the way down the shore and got out of my car and realized I didn’t have any clothes My suitcase was back in Wynnewood I’m like, that’s awesome – The only drawback, I would say, if there is one with being a single parent by choice for the grandmom is that she’s here by herself so I worry about her Well I always worried about her so this isn’t anything new – So another big decision was around childcare I really wanted to explore a lot of different options And what I didn’t anticipate, the waiting list is 13 weeks How is the waiting list 13 for January/February? They’re like, I don’t know, there’s something going on with October and November babies Why is that? ‘Cause the Eagles won the Super Bowl I’m not kidding, it’s a fact So my shower was today and this is crazy They’re still bringing presents in It’s amazing People are so generous, I can’t even believe it I knew I had an amazing group of people surrounding me but it has grown significantly – This isn’t a single mother by choice, alone It’s a family affair, you know, we’re all in on this and this is the best thing that’s happened in a long time – Now we’re in the end phase so hopefully it continues to go well and literally six week countdown Crazy It’s happenin’ It’s a bit surreal The house is ready I have everything together but I just need to get through this, so stay tuned I was very excited because I went full term My mom came over cause we went together to the hospital – Are you excited? – Oh my gosh I thought it was really sweet, my friend Rachel came in so she was part of the team My brother, his girlfriend and my niece and my nephew came in Everybody that walked in the room they’re like, oh wow you have like a fan club I’m like, I know, it’s legit The pediatricians were off to the side and they were telling me what they were doing I felt very involved and then, it happened (“You Were Born” by Cloud Cult) ♪ You were born in to a strange world ♪ She came into the world on Monday morning As soon as I saw her, my whole heart was filled up ♪ Love your mother, yeah she’s a good one ♪ ♪ She’ll build you armor, keep you warm as a hen ♪ The only way I can describe it was feeling like it was a tsunami of love Imagine that intensity, how it just rushes in

She’s here, this is unbelievable This is everything and more ♪ Oh my precious, oh my love ♪ When they come to take me I will hold you from above ♪ ♪ I will know why we’re here ♪ And I don’t know how but I’m here with you now ♪ ♪ I am here with you now ’cause you were born ♪ So, it was a pretty great finale (laughing) Hello baby There we go (baby cooing) I love how she makes these noises You’re so silly She smells delicious too, that’s the other thing Oh she’ll stay this way This is Kelce Diener (upbeat music) So Kelce was picked out as her name literally before the Eagles won the Super Bowl She’s named after Jason Kelce You just laughed, oh my goodness The name means brave and that’s something that I hope that she takes from me, like I want her to always be brave and I want her to be confident I want her to feel like she can do anything She’s so good And these cheeks? – Perfect skin – Oh my gosh, her skin color, I’m like, can I have that? It seems like it was just yesterday but it also feels like I’ve known her my whole life I don’t know if that make any sense You over it? I’ve checked for her breathing like a million times each day – I know, seriously – I’m like, you’re alive, right? (laughing) My mom was there from beginning to end She shared in that moment with me She was the first one to like really hold her – Hi beautiful – When I watch my mom interact with her and it’s so sweet, I wouldn’t trade it for the world I love it Yeah I can’t wait to see what her first words are – I think it’s gonna be nana for Nanny – I think so – Definitely – Yeah (laughing) Eagles If I rewind time and think about the first moment, sitting down with Dr. Gracia, and this was like an idea – I think the best part of my job is that I help people become parents Becoming a parent is absolutely life changing and an amazing thing – [Deirdre] It’s emotional, it can be stressful, it can be scary There are a lot of things that it is I think about what people went through prior to science evolving in this way – Being 69 years old, I never thought in my lifetime there would be this type of opportunity for women to fulfill their dreams in this way – [Deirdre] I’m just so glad that I went through it and it was successful – There’s nothing in the world that you love more than this child that you’ve produced It’s a privilege and an honor to be able to help patients do that – She’s growing like a weed She’s being magical every day I’m just enjoying every moment Are you smiling? There you are And here I am With her, it’s incredible

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