Watch the Vlog: The Koerners Share Their Experience With IVF

Watch our vlog to hear us discuss the physical and emotional components of going through in-vitro fertilization (IVF), with a special focus on the female perspective. 

Dec. 19, 2017 | 1 min read
Tim Koerner

When we first got married and started to think about family planning, we weren't sure where our journey would lead us. But after 18 months and a little help from in-vitro fertilization (IVF), we are now expecting our first child.

Although Tim provided his view on IVF as a man with cystic fibrosis, we wanted to give you a little more insight into what our IVF process was like from the female perspective, from someone without CF.

Watch our vlog below to hear more about our IVF journey, including some of the tips and advice we learned along the way.

Definitions: - "Active carrier": Has CF and carries the CF gene. - "Recessive carrier": Does not have CF but carries the CF gene mutation.

NOTE: Ashlee and Tim were 16 weeks pregnant when this video was recorded. Today, they are 20 weeks pregnant.

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Tim was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis as an infant and credits his parents and CF care team for providing him with years of phenomenal CF care. He completed his MBA in social entrepreneurship, works full time in the community services sector of state government, and recently released a children's book inspired by his son, Lewis. 14% of the book sales will be donated to the CF Foundation to support the organization that has helped Tim beat his 14-year life expectancy by multiple decades. Tim lives in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, with his wife of nine years, Ashlee, their two sons, Lewis (3) and Arlo (8 months), along with their maltipoo dogs, Bou and Sully. Tim worked for the Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter of the CF Foundation from 2007-2010 as a full-time fundraiser and remains involved in the annual Breath of Life Gala event with the support and participation of family, friends, and colleagues.

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