As Kayla Baanders drove home from her job as a history teacher at Blue Springs High School, her phone rang. It was a familiar voice delivering unfamiliar news – Kayla was pregnant.
The journey to parenthood started in 2015 for Kayla and her husband, Ian. After 2 years of trying to conceive, they turned to the fertility specialists at The University of Kansas Health System.
"We researched fertility experts and found The University of Kansas Health System has a great reputation, and it’s close to our home," she says.
Working with the experts
The couple met with advanced reproductive medicine specialist Michael Lydic, MD. "We take on medically challenging cases as well as more straightforward ones," he says. "As an academic medical center, we also have a wide network of specialists for unique medical problems that might arise during a patient’s treatment."
Once testing was complete, they received a diagnosis. “It was ‘unexplained infertility,’” said Kayla. “That was very frustrating for us because there was no apparent reason we couldn’t have a baby.”
Infertility is a common problem that affects about 1 in 10 couples in the United States, including the Baanders.
Dr. Lydic suggested intrauterine insemination (IUI) as the first treatment. IUI is a relatively simple procedure that involves transferring specially washed semen directly into the uterus. After two attempts, it was time to discuss in vitro fertilization (IVF). Kayla says she appreciated the way staff members walked them through the process, making sure they understood exactly what to expect.
"They weren’t pushing a procedure on us," she says. "They really took their time to get to know us and explain everything in detail. We had an individual plan as we started each new treatment. We knew they were there with us every step of the way."