The tide began to turn in their favor. Through a financial counselor with the reproductive team, Brieanna learned of a grant from the Livestrong Foundation that could help fund IVF expenses. She applied for and received the grant, which helped pay for portions of her IVF medication.
They were ready for the next step. Their embryologist worked with Dr. Holoch to ensure the Claassens had the best chance possible for success.
Their embryologist recommended intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) – a process in which sperm is directly injected into each egg versus co-incubating eggs and sperm together.
In April 2016, Brieanna underwent an egg retrieval procedure. A total of 12 eggs were fertilized using ICSI to increase the likelihood of success. Of these, 3 eggs started growing. Brieanna was disappointed to see their hopes "shrinking," but Dr. Holoch assured her the quality of the embryos was good.
On May 4, 2016, Brieanna underwent frozen embryo transfer. The day following Mother's Day, she had a positive home pregnancy test.
They were excited but cautious. "At this point, we were used to getting bad health news, and we were kind of prepared for disappointment but hoping for the best," Brieanna says.
The compassion of their care team helped them push through their trepidation.
Early on, Brieanna experienced heavy spotting, and the couple feared they were having a miscarriage. She called the fertility team, and care providers set up an emergency ultrasound first thing the next morning. Brieanna and Andrew heard a reassuring heartbeat, and afterward Dr. Holoch met with them to ensure they were doing okay.
"It really showed how much she cared about us as people and how she went above and beyond to show us that care. She was really fantastic," says Brieanna.
On January 24, 2017, Andrew and Brieanna welcomed their son, Milo – a healthy, 8-pound, 14-ounce addition to their little family.