Most of our young lives, the dialogue surrounding having a baby is how NOT to get pregnant.
But what happens when you decide you’re ready… and nothing happens?
That’s the reality for the one in eight U.S. couples who seek treatment for infertility. For many, these treatments involve IVF, or In Vitro Fertilization, a complicated, costly treatment involving lots of money and hormones.
My husband and I are one in eight. Michelle Li and her husband are too.
Another statistic Michelle and I could relate to? One in four pregnancies end in a miscarriage.
We wanted to gather a few other local parents who experienced challenges building their families to give a voice to these statistics; to personalize it. Because even if you aren’t a member of our club (the kind no one wants to be in, of course!), you likely know someone who is. And even though Michelle and I and the other parents featured in this series were all lucky enough to eventually welcome our babies into this world, “pregnancy loss” and “infertility” are labels you carry with you the rest of your life.