I'm 29, it’s Rosh Hashanah and I’m sitting in my grandmother’s shul with my family, listening to the story of Abraham's wife Sarah—still named Sarai at this point—who cannot conceive a…child with her husband. I sit next to my beloved grandmother, surrounded by parents, siblings, uncles and cousins. They are fidgeting, whispering, bored—adults and kids alike. Amidst their fidgeting, I am still: breathless, riveted, listening intently to Sarai’s story of barrenness, struggling to hold back my tears. That word—barren—hits me with a thud, a kick… >> Read More
Shira Lankin is a photographer and writer whose work explores the lives of Jewish women--oftentimes, women open up to her about their traumas, insecurities, and joys.
Lankin recently founded The…Layers Project, which raises awareness about issues like infertility, chronic illness, and mental health. On the site, Lankin writes that the project is "an opportunity to help other people begin to embrace the nuance and complexity in their lives." Recently, for instance, she focused in on infertility, a project we wrote about here. Besides being a photographer and… >> Read More
The Layers Project is focusing on infertility this week, as a way to allow Jewish women to share their stories about their often painful journey to parenthood. Shira Lankin Sheps, the photographer,…social worker, and Jewish mom behind the project, wants to raise awareness about infertility--and she's doing it in a photography project similar to Humans of New York, in an interview style approach. On Facebook, she wrote: "Infertility is still a taboo topic in the Jewish community, and it is vital that we continue to push… >> Read More
Dealing, and struggling, with infertility is perhaps one of the most difficult experiences couples can go through, regardless of whether you are a first time parent or have three bundles of joy…already. It can be difficult to express that type of pain and alienation, especially if all of your friends have good news. Actor Melissa Rauch, for instance, wrote about this the other day, during her own pregnancy announcement. This is why American Greetings made an ad titled “Not Alone,” as a way to show what couples… >> Read More
I came out (again) as someone struggling with fertility about a month ago. I’d posted on Facebook that I was frustrated with my Reproductive Endocrinologist (RE) and that I loved my acupuncturist.…A number of folks commented on my post, including a friend who suggested that I find another RE. We had an offline conversation and while I understood she was coming from a place of concern and love, I felt hurt and let down. As anyone who is trying to conceive (TTC) will tell you, we… >> Read More