Five friends who all struggled to conceive for years have babies at same time

Celeste, Kristen, Kristin, Amie and Micki when they were pregnant (Picture: SWNS)

For years, these women all struggled to conceive – but when they each turned to IVF, they became friends.

And amazingly, they all fell pregnant in the same summer and eventually their babies were born within three months of each other.

Micki Berg, Amie Thomas, Kristin Matty, Kristen Heller and Celeste Zazzali and now raising their babies as future best friends and say they are all bonded for life.

Amie, 36, a school counsellor, from Middlesex, New Jersey, USA, is mum of Penelope, two.

She said: ‘We wanted to be at each other’s baby showers, we wanted our bump pictures, we wanted to be there for each other.

‘We would chat about our symptoms and ask for advice.

‘There were times where I felt: “will I ever be a mom?”

From left to right, Amie holding Penelope, Micki holding Colton, Kristin holding Layla, Kristen holding Adam, Celeste holding Annarose (Picture: SWNS)

‘To be able to share those feelings with four women who completely understood was amazing.’

Amie met Micki, Kristin, Kristen and Celeste at a support group run by the Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey (RMANJ), the fertility clinic they all attended.

Aime and her husband Philip, 36, turned to the fertility clinic when they were told he had abnormally shaped sperm.

Amie said: ‘It was really hard, I was really stressed.

People don’t know the terms – like follicles and lining.

‘It was hard even to talk to friends who weren’t going through fertility problems. It is exhausting to explain it all.’

Celeste, is a music teacher, from Martinsville, New Jersey and is now mum of Annarose, two.

Left to right Kristen holding Adam, Kristin holding Layla, Micki holding Colton, Amie holding Penelope, Celeste holding Annarose (Picture: SWNS)

She had been trying to have children with her husband John, 39, also a music teacher, for three years when she walked into the group in October 2015.

Earlier that year she had suffered the agony of losing twins – Robin at seven weeks and Rosa at 30 weeks.

She said: ‘Just being at the group helped.

‘The other people were understanding and knew what I was going through without me going into the whole backstory.

‘As much as my friends wanted to support me, they often didn’t know what to say.

Annarose in red, Adam in yellow, Layla in green, Penelope in light blue, Colton in dark blue (Picture: SWNS)

‘The difficulty of IVF is not just the needles, the needles are not even the hard part, it’s the emotional side of things that is really difficult.

‘The other four ladies and I started a Facebook messenger chat and soon we were seeing each other all the time.’

Micki, 34, struggled to conceive after she was diagnosed with Graves’ disease, an autoimmune disease which can make periods irregular, and was also diagnosed with diminished ovarian reserve. She and her husband Lance, 31, are parents to Colton, two, and three weeks ago, they had their second child Emma.

The part-time behavioural analyst for children with autism, of Somerset, New Jersey, said: ‘I kept coming back month after month.

Left to right Adam, Layla, Penelope, Colton (Picture: SWNS)

‘Celeste, Kristen, Kristin and Amie were the most positive and supportive women in the group.

‘We tried to help each other find the silver lining and buoyed each other’s spirits when things didn’t go according to plan.

‘We spoke about the medical stuff and the emotional stuff, how difficult it was to see other women pregnant and the anxiety of celebrating holidays when your family isn’t what you want it to be.’

Kristin and her husband Greg, 37, struggled to fall pregnant as he had a low sperm count following radiation treatment for testicular cancer.

The project manager at an accounting firm, of Denville, New Jersey, is now mum to Layla, two.

She said: ‘Greg was a chef at the time and working late hours and I felt so helpless.

Kristen Heller with Mason (Picture: SWNS)

‘I felt odd about going to the group at first because I knew most of the women were there because of reproductive issues.

‘But even though I have working eggs, I couldn’t have kids with my husband without the help of a doctor.

‘I felt instantly connected. The group would end after one hour and we would stay and talk.

‘We wanted to get together more often and we began grabbing dinner before the group.

Amie Thomas and baby Penelope (Picture: SWNS)

‘When you are going through infertility, it consumes your whole life.

‘We were all going through the same thing – that’s how our bond formed.’

Kristen, 45, mom of Adam, two, and Mason, two weeks, was going through IVF without a partner and appreciated the support of Kristin, Amie, Micki and Celeste.

Micki Berg and Lance and baby Colton (Picture: SWNS)

The teacher, of Bedminster, New Jersey, said: ‘When I was turning 40 and I was single, I decided to pursue becoming a mother on my own and that was what brought me to RMANJ.

‘Everyone was really accepting and I didn’t feel out of place at all.

‘It was a different circumstance that brought me there.

‘I didn’t think the odds were in our favour that all five of us would have babies.

Kristin Matty, Greg and Layla (Picture: SWNS)

‘My fear was that one of us wouldn’t become a mother.

‘We just hoped and prayed that it would work for all of us and by some miracle it did.’

After all, waiting so long to have a baby, it was Celeste who announced her news first on June 2 2016.

Three months later, Kristen discovered she was also pregnant and a fortnight later Amie, Kristin and Micki also found out they were expecting.

Celeste admitted that she was nervous when she realized that she and the other four women were pregnant.

She said: ‘I’ve heard that one in four pregnancies result in a loss and from a mathematic perspective, I was nervous.

Micki Berg and baby Colton (Picture: SWNS)

‘There were five of us in the group and I didn’t want anyone to be left out or deal with the devastation of a miscarriage.

‘Each step of the way we celebrated with each other.

‘We were crossing fingers and saying prayers, keeping each other occupied, we were really rooting for each other.’

They started taking prenatal yoga classes together, shared details of their pregnancies in a group chat and attended each other’s baby showers.

On February 1 2017, Celeste gave birth to little Annarose. Kristen was next when her baby boy Adam arrived on April 20.

The last three babies arrived within a week of each other when Kristin gave birth to Layla on May 18, Amie had Penelope on May 21 and Micki’s son Colton was born on May 25 2017.

Now the babies are two and they still hang out together and they hope they will all be friends in the future.

Celeste said: ‘I can’t imagine that we will drift apart because all five of us have this connection.

‘Our children are going to be celebrating milestones together. I foresee a lot of playdates and birthday parties.’

Now, they’re celebrating Kristen and Micki’s second babies and the other woman hope to have another baby at some point in the future too.

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