Celebrating Mother’s Day When You Are Not a Mother (Yet) Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are very difficult days on the calendar when going through infertility. How do you celebrate mothers when you yourself are grieving because you have not yet become a mother? How do you celebrate others, when you have had miscarriages [...]
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Last year, I was sitting in the Maternal Fetal Medicine department of my local hospital waiting for my 20 week ultrasound. I was very stressed. Many of my pregnancies didn't go well, and this was an important hurdle to tackle. I was filling out the questionnaire when something hit me... How many pregnancies [...]
I have come to realize that life is the way it is, because Hashem has chosen our paths for us. There is nothing that we can do to change who we are, but how we react to them may in fact help others; or could hurt others. The purpose of this is not to share [...]
In honor of National Infertility Awareness Week 2015, and as I start my fourth IVF cycle of the year (in the past 12 months), I wanted to lay out some of the positives of going through IVF. Since infertility is, most of the time, a really big downer, I think it’s good to sometimes remind [...]
“You must be the most interesting couple I’ve treated,” my OB remarked. Embarrassed at the flattery I replied, “Well, you come highly recommended.” This was not your average first pre-natal appointment. For one thing, I was already 11 weeks pregnant only a few weeks away from my second trimester. Most women see their OB for [...]
I have a close friend who once told me that she and her husband were having seder alone. At the time, I thought that sounded like the most depressing scenario ever, and I worked hard to convince her to spend a holiday meal with my husband and me. Having grown up at big family sedarim, [...]
“Be Fruitful and Multiply”: A Glimpse into the Life of a Childless Couple In the Orthodox Jewish Community – By: Anonymoususer2017-03-17T12:41:56-04:00
As we all know, things don’t always happen in the time or order we plan. Nevertheless, in the Orthodox community, a challenging cycle evolves manifesting itself in tremendous pressure to conform both individually and communally to attain important and beautiful goals. There is a pretty clear directive in the Torah to “be fruitful and multiply.” [...]
I have wanted to share my story and offer my voice for so many years. I have been waiting, and at times hoping, that I would have the courage to print my real name as the author. But alas, I am writing anonymously. It is a relief to allow my own voice to be heard [...]
I know I have been away for a couple of years, but thanks to an influx of wonderful people in my life looking for strength in anonymous corners of Modern Orthodoxy I am beginning to realize how important it is to be out and proud of being a traveler on the road of infertility. So [...]
I remember going to my first appointment with my R.E. (Reproductive Endocrinologist) It was a cold winter day in September of 2008. I was 32 years old, married for a year and felt it was time to JUST CHECK if everything was ok. Here is what I did know: My cycles came like clockwork [...]