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SF Woman Writes Book After Miscarriages

April 23, 2014, 6:19 PM by Casey Wonnenberg

SF Woman Writes Book After Miscarriages

Many people dream for years of starting a family. But for some, the path to having children is not easy.

A Sioux Falls woman aspires to provide hope through a book about her personal experience.

Lorelei Daws will turn the "terrible two" next week, but her mom says she enjoys every moment of parenthood--even the trying times.

"She's just the coolest. She's got the biggest eyes and biggest heart and biggest personality," Amy Daws said.

After all, Amy Daws road to parenting wasn't easy.

"It's really frustrating," Amy said.

She tried, unsuccessfully for years to have a baby.

"When you are trying forever and people just keep making comments to you like, 'When are you guys going to start having kids?' It's not something you just openly say, 'We've been trying for three years already,'" Amy said.

After trying to have a baby for three years, the couple decided to seek help from a fertility specialist.

"Infertility affects a large number of couples. It affects somewhere around ten to 15 percent of all couples throughout their reproductive lives," Sanford Reproductive Endocrinologist Dr. Keith Hansen said.

With the help of Dr. Keith Hansen and fertility medication, Amy was able to get pregnant.

"Super excited. After three years of trying, there was no greater day. I can remember the day perfectly," Amy said.

About ten weeks later, Amy had a miscarriage.

"It just feels like salt in an open wound. When you have miscarriages, that hurt and pain never goes away," Amy said.

Amy and her husband, Kevin, decided to try again. They ended up losing six babies in four pregnancies.

"I've lost babies multiple ways. I've lost babies through labor. I've lost babies without knowing until I had an ultrasound, and they told me Baby A passed away," Amy said.

Amy says each miscarriage was a terrible experience. She keeps molds, ashes and ultrasounds from her babies.

"As soon as you get pregnant, you are attached. You are already thinking of names, the nursery and cute clothes and what you might have. It's just hard. It's hard not to dream when you are granted this big wish," Amy said.

The Daws never quit wishing. A procedure helped Amy carry her daughter Lorelei to full-term.

"She was worth the wait. She was totally worth the wait," Amy said.

However, Amy isn't forgetting her other babies. She is encouraging others struggling with infertility and multiple miscarriages through her book, "Chasing Hope."

"I think my book also just makes you want to go hug your babies and be so thankful you have then. It will help you appreciate the little miracles they are," Amy said.

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