@Aviva Braun-Finkler SHARING OUR STORY We struggled for nearly 5 years with secondary infertility. Throughout our fertility treatments, one of the things that continuously inspired me were the articles I read about other women’s infertility journeys. Through these stories I found hope, a sense of connectedness, and affirmation. Now that our journey has come to [...]
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I am the walking poster child for infertility. Why? Because I talk about it… OFTEN. When people tell me my kids are adorable, I say “Thank you, they are all miracle babies, products of infertility treatments.” When people see I have 4 kids ages 9,6,5,5 they say “You must have your hands full” and I [...]
The Fellow I had been with that day, knocked on the OR door, the nurse came out, and they confirmed all my information. She told me she would see me once we got inside. The nurse brought me in, told me to stand on a stool and take off my pants. At the same time [...]
Monday morning I had to go back to the clinic for the second dosage of medication. I spoke to the nurse about how awful my experience had been. She apologized and talked to me about what was happening. I felt sick from all the medication. My stomach was in so much pain. She told [...]
The monitoring went well. It was like getting back on a bike. I got used to waking up early, getting to work a little late. No one really thought twice about it. I told my colleague and she told me to do what I needed to do in order to make it work and [...]
After Adeline was born we were so happy. We would look at her little perfectly round face and just marvel at how amazing she was. How lucky and grateful we were to have been given her to raise and teach and grow into an amazing person. Each milestone was so exciting to us. We [...]
May finally came, we got through monitoring, we tried our best to stay calm and Zen. I went to acupuncture multiple times a week in an effort to do everything I could for success. I took vacation from work during the cycle so I didn’t have to deal with any other stress and could [...]
They say hindsight is 20/20. When my husband and I had reached the 10th year in our infertility journey, we thought that maybe we should think about adoption. So, we thought about it... for a second. We just weren’t ready to give up on having a biological child. Now, in hindsight, we both wish [...]
Over the weeks following our first failed IVF cycle, Akiva and I had several doctors’ appointments to review what did and did not go right. We planned for the future and we talked about timing for our next cycle. What was most frustrating is that because of the surgery Akiva needed, we had to [...]
Monday was transfer day! We spent the morning relaxing and had brunch together. Akiva kept reassuring me about the cycle, telling me that the fact we had gotten this far meant that it was going to work. It was the most positive I had ever seen my husband. We got to the hospital a [...]