After infertility struggles almost derailed her family plans, Good Bones’ Mina Starsiak Hawk gave birth to her second child—a daughter named Charlie.
The budding family of Good Bones star Mina Starsiak Hawk is growing as fast as the family home renovation business she co-owns with her mom and co-star, Karen E. Laine. In September, Mina’s husband, Stephen Hawk, announced Mina gave birth to Charlotte “Charlie” Drew Hawk. What do we know about this newly hatched bundle of baby joy?
Charlie, who was freed from the womb by caesarian section at 10:14 am on September 16, was born at Ascension St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana. At 7 pounds, 6 ounces and 18.5 inches long, she joined her sibling, Jack Richard, who is two years older. Her arrival on the scene was seemingly right on cue. Two days after her birth, her mom and grandmother’s network, HGTV, registered impressive ratings for their series. During Season five of Good Bones, the show experienced its highest-ever ratings for its 25 to 54-year-old demographic.
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Mina’s new baby journey did not come easy. Indy Star reported that Mina, who faced secondary infertility problems, suffered the agony of disappointment after in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and other fertility treatments failed to materialize a pregnancy. Last spring, she admitted she had a one percent chance of getting pregnant again with baby number two. Her initial IVF failed when the embryo failed to grow after it was fertilized. Because that embryo was no good, the doctors did not transfer it for implantation.
But when the door closed on in-vitro, another fertility door opened. It was a Eureka moment when Charlie’s coming into being was sparked by a fertility treatment called intrauterine insemination (IUI). Unlike natural conception, where the sperm navigates its way up to the fallopian tubes once it passes the cervix and the uterus, IUI places sperm directly into a woman’s uterus. Think of it as the turkey baster method. This type of fertility treatment is optimum for infertility-challenged couples. Take a look at Mina’s post welcoming her sweet baby girl below:
The quick success of the procedure was a surprise to Mina and her family. She told People that, after all the fertility treatments, she was emotionally prepared to stop trying entirely. “We wanted to try one more time. And then I think we both would have been okay and settled with being done, but the one more time worked.” She also added that she couldn’t imagine the struggles of hopeful parents who endure fertility treatments year after year.
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