Back when my husband and I were in the thick of our infertility journey, the last thing we were thinking about was what to do with any extra embryos. We spent more than four years and what is…equivalent to a “his and hers” pair of BMWs to conceive our daughter, Hannah, who is now 3. She is the most perfect little girl that ever graced the planet. (Don’t believe me? Just ask my mom how wonderful she is!) After she was born, our family finally felt whole and at peace. Still, we… >> Read More
So you decided you want to have a baby. Mazel Tov! Now comes the fun part — figuring out the best ways to do it.
Since you've probably spent a large chunk of your life trying not to get…pregnant, you might need a refresher on the whole birds-and-bees thing. But before you jump into a rabbit hole of fertility tips, remember to be wary of what you read. “There’s a lot of crap on the web,” said Dr. Mary Jane Minkin, Clinical Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at Yale University School… >> Read More
I wake up at 6 a.m., my belly bloated and achy. I run to the kitchen to take my injections out of the fridge. I set them on the counter to warm up, then I return to bed for some last remnants of…sleep. Thirty minutes and no sleep later, I’m back in the kitchen to dab another alcohol swab against my swollen stomach. This time, I loudly apologize to my bruised waist as I take out the “pen” of hormones, pinch up some of the bloat, and inject. I have been doing this for a week now.… >> Read More
You've probably heard about the recent malfunction at a fertility clinic in Cleveland. Due to a storage tank failure, some 4,000 frozen eggs and embryos have been lost at the University Hospitals…Fertility Center . In a crushing blow, the hospital notified nearly 1,000 patients that it's unlikely that any of the eggs or embryos are viable. But one Jewish mom-of-two, Niki Schaefer, who has been through fertility treatments herself, is trying to help families whose dreams of having a baby may have ended as a result of the malfunction.… >> Read More
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