Married for eleven years and spent the last 5 years trying to have a child. Family members and friends, who were aware of our quest, did what they could by praying and storming the heavens on our behalf. As one of my friends told me, prayers miracles and you have a small army of people praying for you.
Well the miracle finally happened. After 3 failed ICSI attempts, the fourth was finally successful. I am now 4 months pregnant and waiting with baited breath for our baby to be born.
Before we started on this road, we heard many stories about the process, how difficult it is, how painful, how expensive, religious debates for and against. So what was our experience of it?
Was it painful? I do not have a problem with injections or with popping pills and so for me, no it was not painful. Yes the process can get taxing and remembering to take your meds was for me the worst part. My husband and I worked out a simple arrangement.
Since I was the one taking the meds, it was his job to make sure we had enough at home, fill the pill box and put reminders on his phone and mine, and texting or calling to remind the rather forgetful wife to take them, and the delicate job of administering the injections – yes through all the attempts all injections done at home were done by him and done well!
Was it expensive? Yes when we did it through other places it was expensive enough for us to shy away from it after the first couple of failed attempts. When we reached Jilla, it was a pleasant surprise since the costs were 60% of what we had paid before and the care (treatment, hygiene etc) was on par with the best that we had received till then, even better than the treatment I had received at one of the better known hospitals in Mumbai.
Was the process difficult? The first time I did it, I was fine. The only part of it I didn’t like were the sonographies which are a necessary evil - I call it evil because I found it to be an invasion of my privacy but...! The process gets more taxing with every failed attempt, because it gets harder and harder to be optimistic and positive. By our last attempt I had gone from being a pragmatist to being a paranoid pessimist!!
Truly what gets you through the entire process is the medical team working with you. You need a good doctor or rather a good team. By good I mean a team that is professionally sound and committed to helping you achieve your goal. We found such a team with Jilla Hospital
What brought me back here after my 1st consultation was my gut feeling that they were genuinely committed to helping us have our child. From day one we presented a huge, complicated bag of issues for them to sort through and decipher and come up with a strategy that would help us conceive and the team worked to do just this. They answered every question, even from paranoid me! They tried to look at our case in a number of different ways to see what suited us best. For the phenomenal professional care, calm assurance and emotional support through these last few months, we are deeply appreciative of the Jilla hospital team (both in Aurangabad and in Mumbai) and we thank them for being instrumental in making our miracle happen.