I realize National Infertility Awareness Week was last week, but frankly the story at hand is at least as appropriate for May 1st, as it’s a labor issue, and a heck of a labor issue at that: At The Cut, Gabriel Sherman reports on yet another Fox News lawsuit, and it’s a doozy:
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For the last six years, dating and relationship expert Andrea Syrtash has been undergoing fertility treatment to try to have a baby with her husband. But the author (of “He’s Just Not Your Type and That’s a Good Thing” and “Cheat on Your Husband (with Your Husband”) hadn’t come public about her efforts until recently, when she unveiled Pregnantish.com, the first non-medical lifestyle website devoted to infertility for singles, couples and the LGBTQ community.
This week is National Infertility Awareness Week but for me, every week since December 13, 2011 is infertility awareness week. That’s the day a surgeon removed my lentil-sized embryo and the fallopian tube it was stuck in. Left to grow, the embryo that I wanted so badly to be my first child would have killed me. The time I spent in infertility hell coincided with a time when I, a third-generation New Yorker, lived with my then-husband in Mississippi, where citizens had just voted down personhood legislation, which would have outlawed both my life-saving surgery and the subsequent interventions that gave me hope of conceiving again.
Infertility and its challenges can be hard and soul crushing. It can be a cycle of despair and hope, not to mention financially crushing. That’s why I formed Hasidah (Hebrew for stork) to provide support and financial assistance to Jewish couples in need.
Shira Cohen-Goldberg of Boston still vividly remembers when she went for a 12-week ultrasound, eager to see the life she was creating, only to leave devastated. There was no heartbeat.