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Forever Changed, Never Fixed

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 12.23.2014 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

Survivors of infertility know how quickly your joyful high can be crushed by the breath-stealing loss of heartbreak.

After Failed IVF And A Cancer Diagnosis, This Couple Hasn't Lost Hope

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 12.12.2014 | Parents

David and Alicia Petrucci have been together since they were just 19 years old, but they've faced a number of roadblocks on their path to creating a f...

U.S. Test-Tube Births Underreported By States, Study Finds

Posted 12.10.2014 | Parents

BY DAVID BEASLEY ATLANTA Wed Dec 10, 2014 12:18am EST (Reuters) - The number of test-tube babies born each year in the United States is underr...

The Day God Spoke To Me

Kristen Hewitt | Posted 12.02.2014 | Religion
Kristen Hewitt

I'll never forget that call from the IVF nurse who had become my friend at the clinic: "Your FSH level is down to 13, if you want to try for a second...

When Strangers Ask About Infertility

K.K. Goldberg | Posted 12.01.2014 | Parents
K.K. Goldberg

Her approach -- the straight-up inquiry about my medical and reproductive history -- was jarring. For some reason, it gave me a burst of energy. OK, I thought, let's go there! "I did IVF," I said. "Are you considering fertility treatment?"

I Lost My Baby Just Weeks Before He Should Have Been Born

Catherine Kelly | Posted 11.14.2014 | Parents
Catherine Kelly

What I have learned from this horrific loss is that I am stronger than I ever knew. I have learned not to take life for granted, and that every moment with loved ones is a gift.

Mothering Is All About Survival

Pamela Brill | Posted 11.12.2014 | Parents
Pamela Brill

In the throes of my years of IVF, I never really spent time thinking of actually parenting these kids. I was so focused on growing them and keeping them in there and then birthing them and then having them not die in their sleep. And I did it. Three times.

The Worst Thing You Can Say During Infertility

Seleni Institute | Posted 11.12.2014 | Parents
Seleni Institute

Maybe it's too much to expect emotional validation from a stranger in a grocery store, but Cochran says that many of her patients have been told to just relax when they open up to their closest girlfriends, or even their mothers about their fertility struggles. "It's heartbreaking."

IVF Confessions: in Defense of Egg Freezing

Renée Whitworth | Posted 10.30.2014 | Women
Renée Whitworth

The only time I was not in treatment from 2008 until 2011 was when I was pregnant or recovering from a loss. And with all these appointments came countless disappointments.

Infertility 101: What NOT To Say When Your Friends Are Trying

Camille Preston, Ph.D., PCC | Posted 10.28.2014 | Women
Camille Preston, Ph.D., PCC

Generally speaking, I am a driven, overachieving, type-A person. I get things done! Not so with conception.

Taking Off the Armor of My 'Choice'

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 12.22.2014 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

I fought really hard to be a mother. I paid lots of money to be a mother. I endured painful tests and procedures to be a mother. I put my body and my surrogate's through synthetic hormonal hell to be a mother. I put my faith and trust in many doctors and other humans to be a mother.

Our Scarred Imperfections

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 12.21.2014 | Women
Justine Brooks Froelker

We will suffer losses, traumas and tragedies in this life. When we lose one dream we must pick up the pieces and redefine. To wallow in the lost only defines us. To stay stuck on the never to be's only keeps us stagnant in life. To make our scarred imperfections our entire story misplaces them completely.

Apple and Facebook Cover Egg Freezing Costs: Why Is This a Controversy?

MeiMei Fox | Posted 12.20.2014 | Women
MeiMei Fox

In my humble opinion, this condemnation of the egg freezing benefit is cynical and ridiculous. Why can't we just be grateful for companies wanting to offer coverage of an expensive out-of-pocket healthcare procedure and, even more importantly, provide women with more options about what to do with their bodies?

Not Just Another Birth Story

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 12.17.2014 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

When my oldest friend, my true witness of 30 years, asked me to be one of her delivery coaches when she delivered her first baby, I cried with tears of honor and joy.

Dear Facebook, Please Don't Tell Women to Lean In to Egg Freezing

Jessica Cussins | Posted 12.16.2014 | Technology
Jessica Cussins

What we need are family-friendly workplace policies, not giveaways that will encourage women to undergo invasive procedures in order to squeeze out more work for their beloved company under the guise of "empowerment."

Parents Find Out They're Having Quadruplets, React Accordingly

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 10.03.2014 | Parents

When Utah mom-to-be Ashley Gardner went to the doctor's office for her first ultrasound, she was in for quite a surprise. After eight years of trying ...

Tips And Tricks To Maintaining A Youthful Look, From Bobbie Thomas (VIDEO)

Posted 09.29.2014 | MarloThomas

When it comes to wrinkles, beauty and style expert Bobbie Thomas says the key to keeping your skin looking youthful is to take care of it from the ins...

Best Tricks For Moisturizing, From Bobbie Thomas (VIDEO)

Posted 09.29.2014 | MarloThomas

We're entering that time of year when our skin gets so dry. Beauty and style expert Bobbie Thomas says that a good moisturizing rule of thumb is to al...

Who Can Wear Jeggings? From Bobbie Thomas (VIDEO)

Posted 09.29.2014 | MarloThomas

Beauty and style expert Bobbie Thomas says that jeggings are still in -- as long as your butt still looks good in them! All brands of jeans come with ...

What To Wear This Fall, From Bobbie Thomas (VIDEO)

Posted 09.29.2014 | MarloThomas

What are the "in" colors this fall season? Beauty and style expert Bobbie Thomas says we're going to be seeing a return to richer, warmer colors like ...

What To Wear To A Job Interview, From Bobbie Thomas (VIDEO)

Posted 09.29.2014 | MarloThomas

When you're deciding what to wear to a job interview, beauty and style expert Bobbie Thomas recommends choosing an outfit with the right balance for y...

Bobbie Thomas With Marlo Thomas (VIDEO)

Posted 09.29.2014 | MarloThomas

It was such a treat to have beauty and style expert Bobbie Thomas as my guest on Mondays with Marlo, back for her fourth time! Bobbie gave us lots of ...

11 Things to Know Before Walking Into a Fertility Center

Dr. Angeline Beltsos | Posted 11.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Angeline Beltsos

If you think you might have a problem with infertility, where do you start? It can all be very overwhelming. There is a wealth of information available, but distinguishing fact from positive rhetoric can be confusing.

How $30K In IVF Treatments Nearly Tanked -- And Then Saved -- My Finances

LearnVest | Posted 11.19.2014 | Women
LearnVest

After years of trying to start a family the old-fashioned way, Tom and I turned to fertility treatments. As we progressed through the years-long process, our financial burden neared $30,000. The kicker? We had only about $2,000 in savings.

Infertility Etiquette 101

Seleni Institute | Posted 11.18.2014 | Parents
Seleni Institute

Please don't enthusiastically tell your friend, family member or co-worker about someone who got pregnant naturally after years of trying or treatment. Hope is a good thing, but not when it can be interpreted as yet another performance metric.