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Anna Marie and Michelle Carreno-Bolong knew as a same-sex couple they would need assisted reproduction to fulfill their dream of becoming parents. The thirtysomething married couple obviously love kids; they are owners of a children’s gym in Redondo Beach.
In 2014, they began their journey to parenthood by making several appointments with an Orange County fertility specialist who, they felt, lacked the compassion the couple was seeking. After a friend recommended HRC Fertility, Anna Marie and Michelle decided to seek treatment with Dr. Jane Frederick.
Anna Marie recalls, “Dr. Frederick exuded warmth and kindness. Right from the start, I knew we’d made the right choice.”
Despite the fact that Michelle failed to get pregnant after several IUIs and Anna Marie miscarried after her first IUI, the couple never lost faith in their new team and in their own resilience.
“Dr. Frederick and her staff were genuine in their emotions and were excellent communicators–always making us feel a part of their family,” says Anna Marie. “When we suffered the heartbreak of the miscarriage, they gave us space to mourn the loss and prepare ourselves emotionally and physically before moving on to IVF.”
After their break, Anna Marie and Michelle returned to HRC Fertility in February 2015 to undergo an IVF cycle. Because they didn’t want to experience more losses, Anna Marie and Michelle decided to have their embryos genetically tested. Those two beautiful embryos led to the birth of their eight-month-old twins.
Anna Marie and Michelle will always feel forever blessed for their two little ones, but also extremely fortunate they selected the right professionals to help them make their dreams come true. Their experience with the two clinics was like night and day. In fact, they’ve already recommended HRC Fertility to one friend who will be undergoing reciprocal IVF, and are looking forward to referring more.