Kamloops couple conceives - they say in vitro works

By Susan Edgell
May 17, 2016 - 9:35am

KAMLOOPS — It's a common goal for many couples - to settle down, get married, and one day have children.

So what happens when things don't go as planned? That's the story of one Kamloops couple, Shelby and Tyler Kennedy, who found out that having a baby would not be easy.

It turns out one in six couples experience infertility problems and many don't reach out for help. But the Kennedy's did reach out and now have a beautiful eight month-old baby daughter.

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"It's the only way for us - and it's an absolute gift," said Shelby Kennedy.

Shelby and Tyler Kennedy are enjoying some tummy time with their eight month old daughter. Mackenzie is a bright, alert happy baby - clearly light of her parents lives.

Getting pregnant was no easy task for this couple. After an ectopic pregnancy resulted in the removal of one of Shelby's fallopian tubes, she soon learned out she had endometriosis in the other, making chances of conceiving naturally nearly impossible.

"This is a medical disease that is not not in your control. Asking for help sooner is a better outcome and there are many ways we can help," said Dr. Sonya Kashyap.

"I really felt that maybe I wasn't as much of a wife because i couldn't do this for my husband, but that's not true because it's nothing I could have done, couldn't have been a better person and not have had endometriosis. There's no reason you have to give up on it. If there's a will there's a way."

Shelby says as parents to Mackenzie she and Tyler's lives have changed for the better. She's hoping by sharing their story other couples who are struggling to conceive will reach out for help.

"The science is real and it works, that's why I've decided to do this. It's pretty amazing to see the person you can be because of your daughter."

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