[Editor’s note: In 2009, shortly after marrying her (first and only) husband, Paolo, Elizabeth Heath was diagnosed with premature menopause and resulting infertility. Paolo and Liz are now parents to a baby girl, Naomi. In this series, Liz recounts the couple’s struggle with infertility, and how they finally achieved a successful pregnancy and parenthood.] I always thought that I would beat the odds, that I would be one of those 40-something women who would get pregnant even after all the doctors told her it was a statistical impossibility. But as much as I tried to hold on to my unfounded optimism, even my hopes were starting to fade.