Leora grew up in Pittsburgh and lived in New York City, until she met her Israeli husband over 10 years. Now, they live in Jerusalem along with their two adorable, yet incredibly stupid, dogs. After many long, hard years of infertility and loss, their daughter Yonit arrived in July 2014 and fills their world with light and joy.
Sometimes, not often but sometimes, I think about the other man. I wonder about him, about his life. What prompted him to make that first meeting at the sperm bank? Did someone in his life have a…child with donor gametes, an acquaintance which inspired him to donate? Unlikely. Did he need the extra money for something specific? Or just as a nice bonus? When was he there? In that very same clinic where my husband and I sat and picked him off of a list? Just a few days before us? Or years earlier? Was… >> Read More
It seems like such a nice thing. A post on Facebook about a baby looking for adoptive parents. There is usually something unique about this baby’s circumstance—maybe a special medical condition,…a specific race or religion, or a certain location. You have a friend who is struggling with infertility (odds are that you know quite a few—infertility affects 1 in 6 couples trying to conceive). Maybe they even fit the special requirements of this post. So you click that “share” button or tag their name. Probably… >> Read More
It finally happened. Six years, 14 IVF cycles, eight pregnancies, and we finally took our little girl home. She's healthy, happy, and growing like a weed. In my wildest dreams (and there was plenty…of time to dream!), I never imagined the amount of happiness and peace we would find in our tiny daughter. But while our daughter fills a special place in my heart, we are still struggling with our faith. Though my husband and I were raised Orthodox, as I’ve written before, the last six years have… >> Read More
Well, that was a colossal failure. Months of planning, 10s of thousands of dollars, two trips to Cyprus, a really promising early pregnancy--and we have nothing. We have no donor embryos…left. Our last cycle resulted in my seventh pregnancy, with fantastic early signs, but I miscarried at six weeks. We'd already been tested for every cause of recurrent loss, and honestly believed the genetically tested donor embryos were the answer. Apparently not. What do we do now? Nothing has changed on the adoption front (we… >> Read More
We are adopting. If all goes well, within the next few weeks, I will get pregnant and about eight months later I will give birth. But that baby will be adopted. Mind-blowing, no?
We've been trying…to have a baby for five years. When we started trying, I had just turned 22 years old. We never dreamed we would have any problems. Even when we got the diagnosis that we would need IVF to have a baby, we still wanted to pursue fertility treatments instead of adoption. We wanted to have… >> Read More