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Infertility. Mississippi Couple Welcomes Country’s First Birth from Infertility Scholarship ProgramLast Updated: October 31, 2005
First Baby from Infertility Scholarship Program
Shewanda and Carl Harris were one of the first couples to participate in the program. Shewanda had one miscarriage and two ectopic pregnancies. According to Dr Mory Nouriani, “Shewanda’s case was an exceptionally difficult one. Her prior surgeries had left her with one remaining ovary which had been scarred down, and we were only able to obtain 6 eggs from that remaining ovary. Despite the up-hill battle, we were elated that her cycle was successful.” Shewanda’s only hope to conceive was through In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). At an average cost of over $10,000 per attempt, IVF was financially out of reach for the Harrises.
They applied to the From INCIID the Heart program in late 2004, were selected in December and underwent In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) treatment in February of 2005 with Dr. Mory Nouriani at the Sher Institutes for Reproductive Medicine (SIRM) in
“I truly believe this opportunity to be both a duty and a privilege,” says Dr. Mory Nouriani. “There is no better job than helping couples who desperately want children make their dream a reality. I strongly believe that infertility doctors have an obligation to provide their specialized care to those who could not otherwise afford it.”
Shewanda’s medications, typically costing $1,500 to $5,000, were donated by Organon Pharmaceuticals, the manufacturer of the particular medications that she was treated with and a major contributor to the program.
The Harrises’ first cycle of IVF treatment was successful and they learned last April that they were expecting a baby. “We are so thankful to INCIID for creating this program. We knew IVF was our only hope and couldn’t bear the thought of giving up our dreams to have a baby. It was just financially out of reach for us. Holding our son Keenan this morning, after so many losses, was truly a dream come true. I just hope everyone will support this worthy and wonderful program.”
After settling into what she hoped would be a routine pregnancy, Shewanda was diagnosed with gestational diabetes. To further complicate matters, the Harrises, who live in
When Nancy Hemenway, INCIID’s Executive Director was asked how she felt about the birth of Keenen, she replied, “I feel like a surrogate grandma helping birth a second generation of INCIID babies.” Hemenway is co-founder and executive director of INCIID. She has a ten-year-old child conceived and born along with the organization almost eleven years ago. “Keenen is the first of a new generation of INCIID babies. We are putting real medical services into the hands of those struggling with infertility and pregnancy loss. I am elated and hope Keenen’s birthday is the first in a series of many more INCIID baby celebrations to come.”
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