49 year old Laura Martorello of Suffield, Connecticut, is quite busy these days.
“I work three jobs so I can provide a nice home and do more than my parents did for me. But at the end of the day, my girls are my life,” Martorello said.
FIRST STEP TOWARDS MOTHERHOOD
The journey to this point of her life was challenging, too, but made possible by the team at Baystate Reproductive Medicine. Martorello is not married, but has always wanted to be a mother. After three unsuccessful artificial insemination procedures, she turned to in-vitro fertilization and used a donor’s sperm.
“The entire experience was great, from the minute I first met Dr. Wiczyk seven years ago. She greeted me in the waiting room; I thought she was a nurse,” Martorello said.
Martorello successfully became pregnant at the first attempt of IVF, and nine months later, Antonia entered the world. She is name after her grandmother, and is a thriving six year old girl. She’s also a big sister.
Martorello saved three of the embryos in Baystate’s facility from her first IVF process, and used one of them in her second successful IVF procedure. Daniela was born in October, 2015, and is a happy and healthy baby girl.
Martorello says that the pregnancy process wasn’t easy, but she would do it all over again. “I could not have done it without prayer. I started the rosary one year before I attempted both IVF procedures to make sure that I had God’s blessing,” she said.
ONE BIG, ALBEIT EXTENDED, FAMILY
The team at Baystate that helped Martorello start her family is now a big part of her family.
“Kathy Wycoff, the nurse, was crucial and Amy Novak, the ultrasound tech was awesome. Both were like family and genuinely cared. Antonia calls Amy 'Dr. Amy,’” Martorello said. “When I would bring Antonia with me on my appointments for Daniella, they talked with her and showed her the screen to see the ultrasound.”
Martorello is proud that, while she waits to find “Mr. Right,” she is Ms. Mom, and wouldn’t have it any other way.
"This is what life is – you live your life to count for something and this is what I can account for," she said.