After years of ɪɴꜰᴇʀᴛɪʟɪᴛʏ and failed I.V.F cycles, a woman’s dream finally came true when she got pregnant. But that’s not all, she immediately became the mother of two babies who were born 12 weeks apart.
Ashley and Jonathan Spitzer got married in May 2017, and from the first minute they thought about starting a family. But when Ashley failed to ᴄᴏɴᴄᴇɪᴠᴇ after months, they began to suspect something was wrong, so they consulted a doctor.
Doctors examined them both and found out that Ashley was ɪɴꜰᴇʀᴛɪʟᴇ, but they couldn’t say why. The couple then tried ᴀʀᴛɪꜰɪᴄɪᴀʟ ɪɴsᴇᴍɪɴᴀᴛɪᴏɴ, but the journey was longer and more tiring than they thought.
Ashley had to undergo countless procedures to treat her unexplained ɪɴꜰᴇʀᴛɪʟɪᴛʏ. Having Jon by her side gave her strength, but the ᴛʀᴇᴀᴛᴍᴇɴᴛs drained her. She recalled that it was an emotional rollercoaster, mentally, physically and emotionally draining.
Doctors implanted several ᴇᴍʙʀʏᴏs into Ashley’s ᴜᴛᴇʀᴜs, but she was unable to carry them to term. It broke her heart every time she lost a ꜰᴇᴛᴜs. After three ᴍɪsᴄᴀʀʀɪᴀɢᴇs, they started looking for a surrogate because the many losses were too painful.
After they found a surrogate mother, they began to hope again, but the surrogate also ᴍɪsᴄᴀʀʀɪᴇᴅ. The couple did not give up hope and asked the doctors to repeat the procedure. However, the surrogate ᴍɪsᴄᴀʀʀɪᴇᴅ a second time, and Ashley expressed her feelings on Facebook:
“Iɴꜰᴇʀᴛɪʟɪᴛʏ is a whirlwind of emotions – fear, pain, jealousy, uncertainty, anxiety and hope. The highs are high, but the lows are very deep,” she wrote.
Even though they were at rock bottom, they still didn’t give up. Ashley went ahead with I.V.F and it wasn’t long before they finally got some good news. “After three very long years, one day we found out that Ashley was pregnant after her sixth I.V.F cycle,” Jon said.
They were unspeakably happy, but they knew they still had a long way to go. In the meantime, they received shocking news. They asked for a second surrogate and this time they were successful. “I think it was one of the best days of our lives,” Jon declared.
The couple was very careful throughout the pregnancy because they knew they couldn’t lose this baby. However, everything did not go smoothly, and at 33 weeks pregnant, Jon had to take his wife to the hospital. Doctors determined that they would have to perform an ᴇᴍᴇʀɢᴇɴᴄʏ ᴄᴀᴇsᴀʀᴇᴀɴ sᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ as they could not find the baby’s heartbeat.
The couple’s daughter, Izabel Hart, was born on July 15, 2021. The little girl was admitted to the N.I.C.U because she had breathing difficulties. “The first five days were harder, I think, than the whole journey with ɪɴꜰᴇʀᴛɪʟɪᴛʏ,” Ashley said.
Ashley and Jon had to wait 47 days to take Izabela home. The mother recalled what a surreal experience it was that their little girl could finally be at home with them. Two months later, the family added another member, and the Spitzers flew to Florida to bring home their baby boy, Zander Cole.
After four years, their dream finally came true and they could have their own family. This May, Ashley was able to celebrate Mother’s Day for the first time as a mother, and on this occasion the couple even gave an interview on the Today Show.