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
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
There's no love like sister love. For one pair of sisters, Randi Fishman and Erin Silverman, their bond is unbreakable: the two are joined by a baby!
When Maryland resident Fishman was 28 in…2011, she received horrific news: She had breast cancer. Her diagnosis happened right after she got married and was about to start a family, crushing her pregnancy dreams. At the time, Fishman was able to her freeze her eggs and started the expensive, time-consuming process to find a surrogate. They found one and she gave… >> Read More