Baby London was born after her birth mother survived three miscarriages, made seven attempts and endured 1,616 shots. The couple captured the memory with a heartfelt photoshoot.
After trying for years with no luck, Patricia and Kimberly O’Neill finally welcomed their first child together in August this year. After having survived a very difficult IVF journey, they decided to capture the moment with a photoshoot. Hundreds of syringes were used to make the formation of a heart. The 2-week-old, who was comfortably wrapped in a rainbow specked-swaddle was placed in the middle of the heart. This effort of the couple has since gone viral garnering over 95,000 shares on Facebook.
After three miscarriages, seven attempts, and 1,616 shots, the O'Neils finally held their first child together on August 3. For Kimberly, the shoot was supposed to be a personal reminder of their fertility journey. It turned out to be more than just that. Their journey became a source of inspiration and courage to many couples struggling with infertility. "I hope that there's a couple out there that's going through what we are that can see that there's hope at the end of the tunnel," said Patricia O'Neill during an interview with CNN. "There's a light and you just have to get there."
What a doll!! Congratulations! My friends have been trying for 11 years. They are currently pregnant!! Prayers appreciated!— ms.say 🔮 (@mssay3984) 18 August 2018
Nearly six years ago, Patricia and Kimberly first met while working at a daycare. They fell in love and just knew in their heart of hearts that they had to have a baby together. One year into their relationship, in February 2014, they began their efforts to conceive. Although they tied the knot only in January 2017, Patricia, who's now 30, wanted to give herself enough time to give birth. Therefore the efforts began much earlier. Now, Patricia has a 7-year-old daughter from a previous relationship, however, she wished to have a biological child of her own. As for Kimberly, she has a 14-year-son of her own from another relationship and so, she wanted Patricia to carry the baby.
The couple says they spent $40K. That's extremely low compared to most people I talk to. Reminder that making fertility treatment affordable for ALL is a reproductive justice issue. "It took 4 years, 3 miscarriages and 1,616 shots to make this baby" @CNN https://t.co/uENLLPcBYs— Robin Marty (@robinmarty) 29 August 2018
Their pregnancy journey lasted four years cost them $40,000. The photoshoot of Baby London was to highlight the turmoil and showcase the glorious results of the same. "We just thought it would only take going into a fertility clinic and nine months later, we'd have a baby. It just didn't happen like that for us," shared Patricia who braved three miscarriages and one successful pregnancy. Sadly they lost their first baby at six weeks and the second at eight weeks. Following this devastating loss, they found out that Patricia had Factor V Leiden, a condition that hampers pregnancy. Moving forward, they lost their third embryo as well. Thankfully, on their fourth attempt, they got pregnant.
So much love. Unbound joy. Precious baby girl. Sweetest blessing. Thank you. We can all use some pure innocence and love in these trying times. ❤️💜🧡💛💚💙👶— Tired of lies! 🌊🇺🇸🌊 (@HappyNanaX4) 18 August 2018
"We were excited. We went in to eight weeks in and we knew it was a boy," shared Patricia. "We saw the heart beat and then we went at 11 weeks and the heartbeat had stopped." Understandably, the two were heartbroken following the continuous loss of their babies. "I was done and I couldn’t do it anymore. But my wife and I, we started this journey together, and we decided we would always be together in the hard decisions and she wasn’t done," recalled Patricia. Just before the couple implanted their embryo, they found a doctor who specialized in Patricia’s clotting condition.
What an amazing image and bless that child. Best wishes for a long happy life. 🙏— Jeff F.💻 🎸🎼🎶🏒🇺🇸 (@MusicForLife61) 18 August 2018
Hoping that the Gods finally answered their prayers, Patricia began taking two shots of blood-thinners every day along with the IVF shots prescribed to her. Speaking to the outlet about the photoshoot, Kimberly explained how they were thinking up ideas when they began trying. As soon they began their IVF treatment, Patricia decided to save the 1,616 needles she used during the process. The needles used to create the heart-like shape actually contained blood-thinner that Patricia took twice a day. "My wife saved every single needle that I injected, all capped and plastic seals around them and everything."
I think the "sharp objects" shows what the parents went through (medical procedures) to create this beautiful bunny 😍— Ratie♥👑 (@NancyOratile) 18 August 2018
The O’Neill’s hit the right note with other people struggling with fertility. Their pictures were flooded with likes and comments from people online. Packer Family Photography's Samantha Packer helped the couple compose a photo of their rainbow baby that they had only imagined. After undergoing several miscarriages, stillbirths, and infant deaths, baby London was finally conceived. According to reports, Packer spent hours arranging the needles in the best way possible. "The heart symbolized … that this whole painful journey was all to love a child," shared Packer. "I think that’s why the photo resonated with so many people. The journey, the goal and the baby, it was a lot."