For four years, Macy Rodeffer had been trying to get pregnant through IVF and chronicling the process on Instagram. Over the course of those years, Rodeffer suffered three miscarriages, had surgery and took boatload of medication. Throughout it all, Rodeffer Instagrammed things like an IVF-themed reimagining of the lyrics to the Friends theme song, pictures of needle marks in her skin, and so, so many pictures of syringes. When she did finally get pregnant, she had the expensive, painful IVF shots to thank. She let her Instagram followers know about the good news by posting a picture of an ultrasound picture and a little onesie emblazoned with "Worth the wait and wait and wait" surrounded by a heart made of all those used syringes.
Rodeffer's Instagram post was inspired by another woman's birth announcement last year, with a picture of a newborn baby surrounded by a heart made up of used syringes (these were also IVF syringes—the baby wasn't a junkie or anything).
We're some of the lucky ones. It only took 4 years, 3 miscarriages, depression, 107 hormone injections, one surgery, two procedures, over 100 suppositories, and several thousand dollars to get our baby. You might ask how I say that we're lucky. We're lucky because we get to have a baby. So many women don't. Even more go through multiple rounds of fertility treatments to get their baby.
We will always have infertility. It doesn't matter if we have all the children our hearts desire. Each of those children will take one surgery, 107 shots, two procedures, over 100 suppositories, and several thousand dollars. At least. If we're lucky.
In an interview with ABC News, Rodeffer said:
"I really just wanted the photo to show... how difficult infertility can be. My photo contains the medications from just one round of IVF. There are a lot more people that go through so much more than us, all the while dealing with hurtful words, unsolicited advice, and judgmental comments. It was also a way for me to show my friends and family what we had gone through for our baby, when words didn't quite seem to cut it."