Family matters: Nix shares her secret

Story by Ellen Orr

After five long years of trying to conceive, math teacher Jackie Nix finally has been granted the opportunity to share news of success with her students. Now about three months into her pregnancy with twins, Nix is excited to spread the joy.

Her pregnancy is the result of in vitro fertilization, “the process of fertilization by manually combining an egg and sperm in a laboratory dish. When the IVF procedure is successful, the process is combined with a procedure known as embryo transfer, which is used to physically place the embryo in the uterus,” according to the American Pregnancy Association.

Once the Nixes decided to go the IVF route this past summer, they chose to transfer two embryos, hoping that one would result in a fetus. However, both embryos took hold, meaning twins.

“I’m terrified [about having twins],” Nix said. “I was hoping that at least one fertilized egg would take, but both of them took. I haven’t wrapped my mind about being a mother of two at once.”

Nix is nonetheless excited and hopeful. This is reflected in her classroom presence.

“She’s always talking about baby names,” student Brianna Sellers said. “I suggested Jackie Junior, but she always rejects it.”

Although she has no name ideas for boys yet, Nix is “looking forward to meeting our babies,” male or female.

“In the beginning of trying to have a family, I was hoping for a little girl or two,” she said. “Now what is most important to me is that the babies make it full term and are healthy. If God wants to bless us with two boys, a girl and a boy, or two girls, we are ready to welcome them into our family.”