Sometimes, the road to success can be longer than expected for couples with fertility challenges, but for Meredith and Kenneth Majusiak, there was a rainbow after the storm. The couple’s fertility journey began with trying to conceive naturally without success.
“My husband and I had been trying on our own for two years with no success, so my OB suggested that we see a fertility doctor,” Meredith said.
Meredith and Kenneth met with Dr. Feinberg at Reproductive Associates of Delaware (RAD) to try and find answers. He determined Meredith had a blocked fallopian tube and would need surgery to remove the blockage. After surgery, Meredith started her first fresh IVF cycle and froze several embryos in storage for future frozen embryo transfers.
“We were ecstatic when our first embryo transfer resulted in a pregnancy,” Meredith said. “However, at 18 weeks, my cervix dilated and my baby was born sleeping.”
Meredith saw multiple specialists over the next few months to try and determine the cause of her early delivery. One specialist diagnosed Meredith with an incompetent cervix. As a baby grows during pregnancy, it presses on the cervix. In women with an incompetent cervix, the baby’s growth can put pressure and cause the cervix to open before the baby is ready to be born, causing a miscarriage or premature delivery.
To potentially prevent a future loss, Meredith agreed to surgery once she was pregnant a second time so she could receive a transvaginal cerclage (TVC), where a surgeon would place a suture through her vagina at 14 weeks to close the cervix.
With the couple remaining optimistic, Meredith underwent a frozen embryo transfer.
“We found out we were pregnant again, this time with twins. We were hopeful, and had the TVC placed at 14 weeks, but it sadly failed,” Meredith said. “Despite efforts to try to stop labor and save one of the twins, I delivered both babies and they passed away after only one hour of life.”
Meredith said RAD’s doctors and clinicians, in addition to her family and friends, helped her throughout her fertility journey, but especially after each loss.
“As sad as it was to go back after each preterm delivery, it was also comforting to see familiar faces and receive hugs,” she said.
The couple decided they would move forward with a more invasive surgical procedure to repair Meredith’s cervix, called a transabdominal cerclage (TAC). The surgeon used laparoscopy to insert a small, woven synthetic band on the cervix that would prevent it from opening and causing a second trimester loss.
After one unsuccessful frozen embryo transfer in February 2012, the couple decided to try another frozen embryo transfer that April. Meredith became pregnant, and in December 2012, delivered her son Miles John Majusiak.
The couple returned to RAD to add to their growing family. Meredith suffered two early miscarries before becoming pregnant with their daughter Olivia Jane Majusiak in May 2015.
Meredith and Kenneth’s son Miles was born in December of 2012.
Weathering The Storm
Meredith said the staff at RAD and the couple’s friends and family helped them each step of the way, and noted how important it is for couples to not give up.
“Although we had a very difficult journey, RAD has been an unbelievable support system for my family,” she said. “I can’t imagine going through this emotional process without them.”
She also said that the IVF process helped her grow as a person.
“When I first found out I had to go through IVF, I didn’t even want to talk about it,” Meredith said. “After going through the past few years fighting for the family I wanted, I know that I am more courageous, compassionate and stronger because of it. Life’s challenges don’t take away from the person you are; they bring you to the person you are meant to be.
Meredith said one of her greatest passions is to mentor friends going through the process, being a good listener, sharing laughter and tears gives her a greater sense of purpose.
“There is a rainbow after the storm—you just have to be able to weather it long enough to see it.”
“There is a rainbow after the storm-you just have to be able to weather it long enough to see it.”
Dr. Cadungog needed to remove Jessi’s fallopian tubes due to the location of the tumor. At this point, Dr. McGuirk also explained to Jessi that IVF was the ideal plan. “Dr. McGuirk had prepared me so well, that it was just like ‘ok that’s what we’re going to do.’ It just seemed like an easy decision, I didn’t hesitate to proceed forward.”
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"We had a wonderful experience working with RADfertility. Our doctor was so sweet, informative and helpful with all of our questions. The front desk, it’s always nice to be greeted by a friendly smiling face."
"RAD heard my hopes, dreams, and wishes and led me toward them while holding my hand. My dream came true. I was guided to a beautiful baby girl! It took less than a year for my pregnancy to begin and it was successful. This was the best decision I ever made. Thank you, RAD!"
"From the beginning our team was determined to find a way for my husband and I to complete our family. All the RAD staff was knowledgeable and truly cared for us. We wish we could have continued with them after our baby hit 12 weeks. We thank them daily in our prayers for giving us our beautiful baby girl!"
"We will be forever grateful for the wonderful care we received at RAD! Dr. Feinberg took the time to listen and create a plan we were comfortable with. The whole team was amazing and truly care about their patients. You have exceeded our expectations. Thank you!!"
"Thanks to RADfertility, we have the most perfect addition to our family. The help and support the whole staff gave us was indescribable. We never once lost hope because of them. We will be forever grateful to each and every person we worked with during our journey."
"Dr. Neithardt was amazing. She explained in great detail all the options we had and put us at ease about the entire process. Everyone has been amazing and I have absolutely no complaints. Today I am 17 weeks pregnant and we only have Dr. Neithardt and her wonderful team at RAD to thank."
"They are the most amazing team of doctors and care coordinators. After having started at another facility I was so happy to come to RAD. They are truly amazing, never make you feel like just a number and have empathy and compassion every step of the way. They also get the job done! Thanks RAD!"
"Dr. McGuirk is a very holistic doctor. She doesn’t just treat the fertility issues. She also points out personal health ideas (juicing, whole 30) to help heal/treat the whole patient. She is honest and open. Be open minded and trust in her process. This is a marathon, not a sprint! Dr. McGuirk will be with you the whole way."
"I will never be able to put into words how thankful we are for RAD. Rhonda was there every step of the way as we were going through the process. Everyone was so welcoming and patient as we asked questions. We were blessed with a daughter, who is now three. I have already recommended and will continue to recommend RAD to people who need help growing their family!"
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