Laura Ungar of The Courier-Journal follows the story of Kelly and James Durst, who turned to in vitro fertilization when they had trouble conceiving a child.
The Dursts are “among the 12 percent of reproductive-age couples in the United States who couldn’t conceive without help,” Ungar reports.
In April 2010, they gave birth to son Cooper, one of more than 675,000 babies born in the U.S. through assisted reproduction techniques since 1985. “He is literally the light of our lives,” Kelly said. “He’s why we try to make things better each day.”
Ungar follows the Dursts’ journey to have a second child, this time using the frozen embryos that were created at the time of Cooper’s conception. The embryos will be placed in Kelly’s womb.
Given the growing prevalence of assisted reproduction techniques, stories like the Dursts’ can likely be found in nearly every community and make for a compelling read. (Read more)