A baby photo is touching hearts in the IVF world after a woman who received in-vetro fertilization treatments posted the moving image on social media. The woman went through an arduous process of IVF procedures to have her daughter, pictured above.
As USA Today reports, the photo of the baby surrounded by syringes, is meant to honor the facility that helped create the baby girl for the patient and her husband.
A patient by the name of Angela posted the photo, thanking Sher Insititute and her doctor for all the work it took in IVF treatments to bring her into the world.
The photo of the baby laying in the middle of a stack of syringes formed in the shape of a heart, was posted on Sher Institute’s Facebook page October 5. This image is tugging at heartstrings after it appeared on the social media site. The post has 14,838 likes and 5,852 shares as of this writing. People are responding in droves to the image, which reminds many of the countless injections they had as part of their IVF treatments in order to conceive the child that they so desperately wanted.
Sher Institute captioned the image with a sincere thank you to the IVF institute.
“Thank you to Sher Fertility St. Louis and Dr. Dayal patient Angela, who shows the true definition of love that went into making this gorgeous new baby girl.”
Director of communications for Sher Fertility Institute, Lisa Stark, told USA Today that it was a provocative image that put into perspective what goes behind IVF treatments.
“We felt like it was a provocative, emotional photo that captures the joy and pain of IVF. We are overwhelmed by the response pouring in from women who can relate to the photo.”
While Stark says that the institute isn’t trying to push any particular message with the photo of the baby syringes photo, she hopes that it will “encourage a culture of openness and elevating the dialogue around infertility.”
Stark says that there have been a lot of responses to the Facebook post … mainly the messages are “powerful,” she says. One commenter wrote that she wishes that she’d have saved all of the syringes used in her IVF injections. Many others shared their IVF experiences, as well.
Dr. Molina Dayal spoke with ABC’s Good Morning America and gave some background about the patient who posted the baby syringes photo. She said that the supplies shown weren’t even all that was used to help her conceive. Angela underwent multiple IVF cycles over the course of a year-and-a-half.
Angela, whose last name isn’t revealed, often told others going through the same thing that she should “hang in there.”
Angela said that “the needles were the easy part. It was the emotional struggle, the ups and downs, that really took a toll. I’m single and waited a long time for a husband to come. And then by that time it was difficult to get pregnant.”
On the institute’s Facebook page, numerous comments were posted in support of the photo, which was something that many could relate to.
Sarah Husson wrote that she was so touched by the baby syringe photo, that she handed the phone to her husband to see the picture. “Didn’t even tell my husband what this was, I just handed him my phone. I saw tears form in his eyes as he probably also went through the memories of countless nights, over our four year journey, that he gave me shots. We finally were successful with twin boys and I’ve never been happier!”
[Photo by Sher Institute/Facebook]