Wife to Walter. Mom to Ava. Lover of food, wine and a good time with my family and friends, I was once broken and barren but now I am beautifully blessed.
After 7 years of battling with infertility and recurrent pregnancy loss which included 2 surgeries, countless timed and medicated cycles, numerous IUI’s (Inter Uterine Insemination’s) 4 fresh IVF’s (Invitro Fertilization),one Frozen Embryo Transfer & 7 first trimester miscarriages, I finally became a mother after my husband and I decided to pursue adoption.
We were blessed with a beautiful baby girl, Ava-Grace, just 3 short weeks after starting the adoption process. That’s when I thought I’d be living my happily ever after. Instead I battled with Post Placement Depression (similar to Post Natal Depression but without the pregnancy) and really struggled with finding my feet as a new mother after so many years of struggling with infertility.
In March of 2011, we once again went through the adoption screening in the hope of adding to our family once again via adoption. This time the process was way different. It took two years for us to be selected by our daughter, Hannah Faith’s biological parents. During that time we were matched a number of times, only to come so close and then have the placement fall through. We also had an adoption loss which had far reaching effects, most especially on Ava-Grace.
But in April 2013, we finally got the call to say we’d been selected and that our baby girl, Hannah Faith had been born on the 22nd February 2013, after a decade of many trials, our family was complete.
I am also the founder of Trinity Heart, A South African online information and support portal for those walking a similar path to parenthood as I did.
I’m passionate about educating people about adoption, supporting those walking the adoption path, whether they just be starting out on the journey or parenting post adoption and bust the taboo’s and stereotypes that shroud adoption and infertility.
Please feel free to contact me here.