A man named “Circus Chicken Dog” came over to our house one day with two dogs, a cockatoo, a unicycle, juggling clubs, balloons, and more in tow. We kept our 3-and-a-half-year-old son home from…preschool for the occasion. He had no idea why we invited this man over, but he certainly didn’t complain. So, Circus Chicken Dog performed his stunts in our tiny living room while one of his dogs peed on our vintage Turkish rug. I lay on the couch in my pajamas trying my best to send… >> Read More
“That’s about all the time we have for today. We will continue next week,” my therapist said.
I wiped the tears from my eyes and started to stand up.
“Before you leave, I have some…news that I need to tell you.” I sat back on the couch and looked at her. She was sitting in her chair exactly where she sat every week. I had no idea what she was about to say. “I am retiring,” she said. Then she took a breath and added, “Out of all my patients,… >> Read More
It took my husband and me years of trying naturally, 3 IUIs, 2 cancelled IVFs, and 4 completed IVFs before we had our “take home” baby. Our daughter was born in June of 2015, and has been the…love and light of our lives ever since. I thought my infertility would go away after I had her; that it would be a distant memory that I rehashed every once in a while when someone asked me about our fertility journey. It turns out that it doesn’t go away like that. The pain lessened… >> Read More
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
Idit Solomon is a rabbi, mom, occasional Kveller writer, and activist trying to raise awareness about Infertility. We talked to her about her organization, Hasidah, which aims to help Jewish families…struggling with fertility issues. Why did you found your organization, Hasidah? In the Kveller community, we all know that infertility, secondary infertility, and the whole host of fertility challenges are painful and isolating. It can be a cycle of despair and hope, not to mention financially devastating. I formed Hasidah (Hebrew for stork) because it… >> Read More