Despite losing her son at 24 weeks, Sarah Herron says he is “still worth every” painful IVF shot.
The former “Bachelor” star took to Instagram on Monday to pay tribute to her late son, Oliver, by arranging hundreds of needles used during her IVF journey in a heart shape. A sonogram of her son lay in the middle.
“It took 240 days of IVF injections to start our family. Nearly 2 years and over 300 needles,” text overlaying the video said. “But when we lost our beautiful son at 24 weeks… he was still worth every shot.”
In a second post, Herron dove deeper into why she kept the needles following the heartbreaking loss of her and fiancé Dylan Brown’s son at 24 weeks.
The “Bachelor in Paradise” alum explained that it’s common in the IVF community to hold onto the needles so that they can be displayed “as a visual testament to the difficult road of infertility.”
“It might seem silly, but’s a thing a lot of us IVF warriors look forward to doing. A right of passage. (IYKYK),” Herron, 36, wrote.
She went on to share that her syringe collection grew so large that she had begun storing them in her bedroom nightstand, but lightheartedly added that she “loved this hoarding ritual.”
After losing “IVF miracle” baby Oliver on Jan. 28, Herron shared that she was instructed to continue taking Lovenox injections despite the loss of her son.
“Lovenox is a blood thinner meant to sustain a pregnancy that no longer existed in me. It felt cruel,” she explained. “I came home to my drawers full of syringes and wanted to scream. I was so angry.”
“Angry that I saved every last one of these stupid syringes for the last 2 years. Angry that we’ve spent so much money on IVF, acupuncture and surgeries and we were STILL struck by lightening,” Herron wrote.
However, as she approached the final days of Injections, she found herself holding onto the process and “not wanting it to be the last one.”
“I realized that I would do every last one of those shots all over again. And again. And again,” she said.
Herron — who announced her pregnancy in September 2022 — showed her gratitude for the time spent with her son, saying, “Because they worked. They got me my miracle baby—a baby I got to know and love so deeply.”
“And while Oliver’s time was cut short, having those 24 weeks with him wasn’t being struck by lightening [sic] … it was magic.,” she wrote.
“So this is my testament to a [sic] Oliver. #wortheveryshot”
Since the tragic loss of baby Oliver, Herron has openly shared her struggles — both physically and mentally — about returning home without her son.
“There is simply no way to prepare yourself for the subtle inconveniences of pregnancy that can suddenly without warning, vanish.”
Herron and Brown got engaged in May 2021.
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