Saren Cassotto Photography Nicole Briscoe and family
When Nicole Briscoe and her husband decided to start trying for a family, she noticed it wasn’t “going according to plan” — but never could have anticipated the journey that was ahead of her before she was finally able to become a mother.
Now 40 and mom to daughters Blake James, 4½, and Finley Evers, 7, with husband Ryan Briscoe, the ESPN SportsCenter anchor opens up to PEOPLE in honor of National Infertility Awareness Week about her own road to conception, which was filled with numerous hurdles.
Nicole and Ryan, 39, tried for 15 months to conceive on their own with no luck, then turned to fertility treatments — which, for the couple, amounted to six intrauterine inseminations (IUIs) and, when those didn’t pan out, multiple rounds of in vitro fertilization (IVF).
Luckily, their daughter Finley was born after that