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Jennifer “Jay” Palumbo
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Jennifer “Jay” Palumbo is a Writer, Former Stand-Up Comic, Current Infertile, Author of the blog, ‘The 2 Week Wait,’ the Director of Patient Care at Fertility Authority and a Proud IVF Mom. You can follow her on Twitter at either @jennpal (which is non-uterus related) or @the2weekwait (which features fertility-related fun). To learn more, you can also visit her website by clicking HERE.

Entries by Jennifer “Jay” Palumbo

My Son Is Not 'Synthetic'

(79) Comments | Posted March 17, 2015 | 10:50 AM

After several years of trying to conceive and after some basic fertility treatment, my doctor suggested my husband and I try in vitro fertilization. Thanks to folks like Celine Dion, I had heard of it but was always intimidated by it. I wasn't sure exactly what it entailed and was...

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The Myth of Being Normal

(5) Comments | Posted October 13, 2014 | 3:02 PM

Lately, I've been thinking a lot about what the word "normal" means. As a teenager, it was all I wanted to be. It was simply easier to be like everyone else. It entailed one set of rules to follow and that you were surrounded by others just like you. It...

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How Breastfeeding Gave Me My Power Back

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 8:44 AM

When I was pregnant, I learned the basics about breastfeeding: It could help with weight loss, save money since breast milk is free (never mind how expensive all of the pumping equipment is) and provide benefits for your baby that will last a lifetime.

My relatives, however, were more in...

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Don't Get Angry. Get Involved.

(3) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 11:14 AM


It has never been easier for the public to express their opinion on topics such as gun control, women's rights or immigration through online articles or social media. Actually, these days, people can get into heated online arguments over what a celebrity recently...

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My Dad Is Always Right, Despite What My Mother Says

(4) Comments | Posted June 12, 2014 | 4:06 PM

When I was a baby, my mom had a well-deserved night out with friends while my father watched me. Upon my mother's return, she found me fast asleep in a diaper held together by electrical tape. Apparently, when changing my diaper, my father used so much lotion that the sticky...

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Menthol, Misgivings and Other Lessons I've Learned from Mom

(2) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 3:14 PM

Mother's Day is an opportunity to recognize our mom's hard work, unconditional love and the life lessons she has taught us. I consider myself lucky to have been raised by a mom who could win awards for her consistent pessimism and worrying. It was her "worst case scenario" thinking that...

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Chill Out and Play the Field

(1) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 11:48 AM

I was single until I was 34-years-old. The majority of my Italian, Roman Catholic family assumed I was either too picky, a lesbian or hoping to eventually become a nun. I had one aunt in particular who, at every wedding, would ask me, "When are you going to be next?...

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It's Uter-US: We're All in it Together

(1) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 1:10 PM

There's a quote I've always loved by Maya Angelou. It's, "I learned a long time ago the wisest thing I can do is be on my own side, be an advocate for myself and others like me." It's so simple, and yet conveys so much. It says that you can...

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The Question That Gives You a One in Eight Chance of Being an Insensitive Jerk

(115) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 10:10 AM

Maybe I'm naïve or maybe it's because I went through years of infertility treatment but I'm continually stunned at how many people ask the question, "When are you going to have kids?"

It's true that there are people out there who don't plan these things or put a lot of...

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Your Biological Clock Turns Cuckoo Earlier Than You Think

(18) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 4:22 PM

It is my firm belief that when a doctor hands any woman an "Age and Fertility" chart, he should also give her a bag of chocolates and some alcohol.

I got married when I was 34 years old and started trying to conceive when I was 35. Although I knew...

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