With so many stigmas around fertility and pregnancy, it can often feel like your struggles are a private burden to bear. You’re not in this alone. We offer guidance and support across all paths to parenthood, with shared personal and unfiltered experiences from a community who has collectively been through it all.
I was never a stubborn person, but this experience has made me obstinate; enabled me to recognize the strength of my own mind and body.
My whole process was so hard and challenging, yet absolutely brilliant and miraculous at the end.
If I ever needed a crash course in Motherhood, and the difficult decisions it would bring, this past month just laid it out for me.
I couldn’t have known then how complicated it would be emotionally to deal with male factor infertility as a couple.
The worst part of having premature diminished ovarian reserve (DOR) for me was feeling like the infertile of the infertile.
As a healthy and active 27 year old woman, I never imagined I would have trouble trying to conceive.
Like any mother, I was disturbed, alarmed and distressed by these thoughts and images.
Life keeps testing us with all these obstacles but we keep our heads up and continue to jump over them.
Getting pregnant would have been easy, or so I thought, but it ended up being extremely difficult.
As soon as I met her I knew I’d walk through fire for her and never for a second doubted our decision for getting pregnant.
I was so excited that our baby was finally growing, however, it pained me that I was merely a spectator
Cutting the umbilical cord that connected my daughter to our surrogate was one of the most emotional moments of my life.
It took a few sessions of learning how to come to terms with the loss in order for me to be ok today.
I never thought that I, too, would be someone who had a story to share about my journey.
This journey isn’t easy. There are times you’re going to want to give up, pull your hair out, and not get out of bed.
At this point in the journey, the most difficult part has been feeling like my fears are coming true
Lindsay Anne Johnson
Find other women and connect with them, they may even become some of your best friends.
Rather than stress about whether or not it was going to happen, I just assumed it would.
In Chinese Medicine, there is a saying “ in order to nourish the child you must first nourish the mother.”
I had been avoiding my pain for so long, I didn’t even recognize that I had been living a lie.
After months of being frustrated with her body, was amazed at how it knew exactly what to do in pregnancy
One of the only things that helped me feel better was speaking with women who had gone through similar experiences.
Rather than continuing with something that wasn’t working for me, I finally turned to Eastern Medicine.
Bart and David Bledin
Both of us have always wanted to be dads but it was a long journey to get there.
Pregnancy seems like it should be such a simple thing. Pregnancy is anything but simple.
Bryce Abplanalp & Jeffrey Wright
Being gay, we realized we needed more help than most in putting all the pieces together to create our family.
After my third miscarriage we took a break from ovulation tests, fertility treatment and thinking about having a baby.
It’s a powerful feeling knowing that others can now talk to us about their experiences of loss.