Becoming a parent is one of life’s most life-changing moments. Many people dream with the idea of being parents themselves and imagine how this life would be for them. Many of these people see their dreams come true, at least in a way. For other people, becoming a parent is not always as easy as they would imagine. According to Resolve, the National Infertility Association, 1 in 8 couples has problems getting pregnant or sustaining a pregnancy. This makes approximately 7.4 million women look for fertility services in their lifetimes.
Annie Johnston is one of these women. She and her husband, Joby have spent over 5 years trying to start a family. They have gone through several possibilities, including rounds of fertility services. These have come in the form of in-vitro and artificial inseminations. Despite all their attempts, the couple has not been able to conceive. She tells The Columbus Dispatch, “On paper, everything looked great. But we got the phone call with the bad news that I wasn’t pregnant after [the last] round, and that was the hardest.”
Annie has only one other sibling, her name is Chrissy Knot. Chrissy was heartbroken for them. She told The Columbus Dispatch, “I just remember thinking to myself, if there was only anything I could do to try and help, I would do it.” She did a lot of thinking on the matter and decided she would do something special for her sister, she would offer herself up as a surrogate.
Chrissy goes on to explain to The Columbus Dispatch, “I didn’t know if I would even be able to be a surrogate or carry a baby, but I did some research and found that I would be able to do so and put it out there. Just as a consideration for the future.” Her sister and her husband continued to try to conceive on their own without results. They remembered the offer Chrissy had made and decided to take her up on it.
They went to see a doctor and he implanted two embryos into each sister on February 19th, 2013. They were expecting some of the embryos to have problem developing, which is common in these cases, but to their surprise, all four began to develop. This would technically make Annie and Joby the new, proud parents of quadruplets!
Joby tells The Columbus Dispatch what he and the doctor talked about. “He told us we had a possibility of having 2 twin pregnancies, and I said, ‘You know, Doctor. We’re ready for a new problem. We haven’t been able to get pregnant for 5+ years. If the outcome of this is 2 twin pregnancies, giving us quadruplets, then bring it on. We’re ready for it!” If you’re dying to find out what happened, just click on the video.