Woman Struggling With Infertility Gives Birth to Record-Breaking 15-Pound Baby

Tiffany Meier
By Tiffany Meier
March 16, 2019Trending
Woman Struggling With Infertility Gives Birth to Record-Breaking 15-Pound Baby
An undated stock photo of a mother holding a baby. (Echo Grid/Unsplash)

A New York mother previously struggling with infertility just gave birth to the biggest baby on record at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center.

Joi Buckley, from Corning, New York, gave birth this week to her 15-pound baby girl, Harper Buckley, reported WETM.

At 15 pounds, 15 ounces, Harper Buckley is the biggest baby to be born at Arnot Ogden Medical Center.

Mother Joi Buckley is calling her baby girl a miracle.

“I knew she was gonna be big, but I didn’t anticipate no 15-pound baby,” she said.

Several years ago, she and her husband were told by doctors they had a less than 15 percent chance of ever getting pregnant. After trying for seven years, the two gave up in their struggle against infertility and decided to adopt.

“I still had some resentment,” Joi Buckley said. “So and so is pregnant, they have six kids already, why are they getting pregnant again?”

However, in May 2016, the Buckleys had their first miracle. Joi Buckley found out she was pregnant. She later gave birth to an 11-pound baby boy.

Less than two years later, the second miracle. The Buckleys found out they were expecting again.

On Tuesday, March 12, the Buckley’s second child, a 15-pound baby girl, was born at Arnot Ogden medical center.

“The thing I’ve always wanted to do in my life is be a mom, and finding out the first time [I] was overjoyed,” Joi Buckley said. “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do.”

The 15-pound miracle baby girl was taken to the National Intensive Care Unit (NICU) to have her sugar and oxygen levels monitored. She is currently still there.

“It’s definitely hard but I know that she won’t be here [in the National Intensive Care Unit] forever. She’ll be coming home soon,” she said.

Joi and her husband hope their story will inspire other couples struggling with infertility to not give up.

“Don’t give up cause it’s right there. It’s definitely right there. My kids are total proof of that,” Joi Buckley said.

Infertility Statistics

According to Resolve, the National Infertility Association, “1 in 8 couples (or 12 percent of married women) have trouble getting pregnant or sustaining a pregnancy.”

In the United States, about 10 percent of women, 6.1 million, between the ages of 15-44 have difficulty getting pregnant or staying pregnant, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Infertility occurs when a couple is unable to conceive for 12 months or more, according to myvmc.com. It can be primary, occurring in couples who have not previously had a child, or secondary, occurring in couples who have conceived in the past, and can arise from factors related to the female partner, the male partner, or both.

Approximately one-third of infertility is attributed to the female partner, one-third attributed to the male partner, and one-third caused by a combination of problems in both partners, or is unexplained, according to Resolve.

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