Compassionate Team Approach to Fertility Concerns: The McGrew's Story
In 2002, Lisa McGrew was diagnosed with Turner syndrome, a chromosomal condition that alters development in females. Women with this condition are usually unable to conceive a child because of an absence of ovarian function.
In 2007, Lisa and her husband, Mike, came to the Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility clinic at UW Health to discuss options on getting pregnant.
At their first appointment, they met with Sana Salih, MD and discussed their fertility options with Turner syndrome.
They began this process with a battery of tests, including an induced mock pregnancy cycle to confirm the uterus would be able to provide the right environment for a pregnancy.
According to Mike, "Dr. Salih was very comforting throughout this process. She was very straightforward and made sure to answer all of our questions."
After multiple tests were completed, Dr. Salih determined the McGrews would be able to move ahead with egg donation. The McGrews selected an egg donor candidate based on the individual's family history, personal information and additional characteristics.
The McGrews started in vitro fertilization with donor embryos and within weeks, they learned they were pregnant. After determining she was pregnant Lisa began a series of oral and injectable medications that she would take during the course of her pregnancy.
Leading up to the birth, Lisa was closely monitored by Jeanmarie Sharp, APNP and Gregory Bills, MD of the General Obstetrics and Gynecology Division. They also met with Julianne Zweifel, PhD, a clinical psychologist with the OBGYN department.
Dr. Zweifel helped Mike and Lisa talk through any preconceived ideas associated with third party reproduction and how they would explain this to their child sometime in the future.
"She was very helpful and educated us on how to explain the donor process to our children. It really helped put us at ease," said Mike.
In late 2008, Jamison McGrew was born. According to Mike, "he has slept nine hours a night since we brought him home."