“We should totally watch this Saturday night,” my friend Jennifer emailed me, sending a link to the new Netflix movie, Private Life, about an older New York couple (played Kathryn Hahn and Paul…Giamatti) who will do nearly anything to have a baby, including IVF, donor eggs, and adoption. Because I was very public about my infertility journey, a lot of people had been emailing me about the film, sending links to links to podcasts, articles, trailers. But if I couldn’t even bring myself to watch the three-minute… >> 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
There is joy in suffering. Apparently, that is a message from the book of Philippians. I can't claim that's true — I am a Conservative Jew and I really can’t believe I am quoting the New…Testament. But I was having a chat with one of my favorite friends, Ali, and she repeated this verse to me, and it really resonated. Ali couldn’t be any more different than I am. She got pregnant very easily two times — and has two gorgeous girls — and she leads groups in her church… >> Read More
Spoiler alert: Pregnancy isn't always enjoyable. And I don't mean the actual nine-plus months you're growing a baby inside you — with all the back pains and swollen ankles and whatnot. (And that's…if you're lucky enough to have an easy pregnancy!) I'm also talking about the lead-up to actually being pregnant, especially when the media teaches us that getting knocked up is so easy. After all, if MTV has not one but several seasons and series about 16-year-olds who get unexpectedly knocked up and then raise their… >> Read More
Merav Ben Ari, 42, has one of the hardest jobs in Israel: she’s a politician! But the most important thing in her life is being a mother. She made history by becoming the first member of the…Knesset (the Israeli parliament) to ever have a baby using in-vitro fertilization, or IVF. Ben Ari, who has been very public about her journey to motherhood, says she wants to “be a model to other women, to know that they can do it and keep their career” and look for love, but be more relaxed… >> Read More