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K.K. Goldberg
K.K. Goldberg is a writer living in Berkeley, California, with her husband and 2-year-old twin boys. A MacDowell Fellow, her stories have been published in the New York Times, The Sun and in numerous literary journals and anthologies. She’s currently working on a memoir about modern medical babymaking.

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Entries by K.K. Goldberg

When Strangers Ask About Infertility

(4) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 4:21 PM

If you let it be known that you have twins, either by mentioning their existence or leaving the house with them, you might as well wear a T-shirt that reads, "Go ahead -- ask me how they were made!" I'm used to it. Most of the time, I don't mind....

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Twins Aren't Hard

(6) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 1:41 PM

The four of us were close in college: Tina, Lisa, Jill and me. If we could have looked into a crystal ball, how shocked we would have been to see ourselves at 40: three of us with twins, and one of us diagnosed with a rare uterine cancer.

Tina and...

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How To Gain 70 Pounds for a Twin Pregnancy

(2) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 4:28 PM

On the brink of turning 40, I fell suddenly pregnant with twins -- where "suddenly" is redefined as three years of infertility and one round of IVF. My doctor instructed me to eat 100 grams of protein a day, since twins often come early, underweight, and NICU-bound.

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How Technology Helped Us Build Our Modern Family

(4) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 5:26 PM

If we could fall in love online, then just maybe, we could make a baby in a dish.

That's what I told myself after three years of agonized infertility. Nothing could soothe the ache of so much failed babymaking, except perhaps the strength I felt in my marriage. I would...

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In Defense of My Double Stroller 'Crowding' Your Sidewalk

(16) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 4:48 PM

"You don't have to get mowed down by a double-wide stroller on a city sidewalk to know we're in the middle of a twin epidemic."
-Sarah Elizabeth Richards, Time, April 16, 2014

This line came from a story entitled "The Problem with the Twin Epidemic," which was...

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The Line Between Diagnosis and Denial

(1) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 4:32 PM

Taking my fraternal twin boys to a doctor is about as reassuring as standing in line for the TSA checkpoint.

Both modern medicine and air travel are costly privileges that involve long waits, bodily discomfort and psychological angst. Masses of people are subjected to excess scans in order to...

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16 Ways My Dog Has Made Me a Better Parent

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 2:10 PM

People roll their eyes at comparisons of dogs to children, and I support this exasperation -- in theory. At the same time, in my heart of hearts, I know that our dog has profoundly influenced my experience as a mother: by providing solace during my infertility, giving me parent "practice"...

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Bringing Up Berkeley Bebes: My Pamela Druckerman Fantasy, With Yoga Pants and Cheddar Bunnies

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 3:42 PM

Walk through any bookstore and you'll see titles exhorting American women to be more Parisian. Wear scarves, effortlessly! Be thin, but eat chocolate! Age with style and sex appeal, and without apology or surgery. Who can keep up? Not me. Mostly, this proliferating Francophile advice has only grazed my consciousness....

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12 Things I Loved About My C-Section

(8) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 5:31 PM

Two years after my C-section, I barely see the scar. The skin on my abdomen is so altered by my twin pregnancy that a simple surgical line doesn't stand out. This is fitting, because of all the things I struggled with to have any kind of birth -- infertility, IVF,...

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Late Motherhood Is My Midlife Crisis in Reverse

(5) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 8:50 AM

In birthing twin boys two weeks shy of my 40th birthday, I have reverse-engineered a midlife crisis.

If the hallmarks of old-school crisis include leaving one's spouse, buying a sporty car and dismantling all forms of stability in the name of freedom, then I've done mine backwards. Instead of...

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20 Things I Couldn't Say to My Fertility Doctor When I Was Her Patient

(5) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 12:00 PM

Dear Fertility Doctor,

Here are some things I wish you knew, that I couldn't say when we met three years ago:

1. I do not actually want to be here, which is weird, because I just put $15,000 on my credit card to do so.

2. Any calm and charm...

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A Twin Mom's Post-Infertility Survivor Guilt

(14) Comments | Posted January 3, 2014 | 2:21 PM

It still startles me that people make babies with sex. Privately. Easily. Fast. Then there's a birth, and no one looks back. For me, like many women, conception was an agonized, un-caffeinated blur of escalating medical procedures, followed by a pregnancy that seemed to last not the actual 36 weeks,...

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