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Amy’s Story

(See also: It Takes a Village: Strength from support groups for single women going though fertility treatment and Jennifer's Story.) I am the mom (I'm a mom!!) of a 10-week-old baby girl. I knew when my last relationship ended a month before my 39th birthday that I was not willing to spend another couple of years with someone trying to figure out if they were the "right" person or not. While through the process, I might risk missing my chance of having children with that person (if I hadn't missed the chance already). I realized the dream of marriage and children was actually two dreams and they didn't have to occur in a traditional linear fashion.   Even at my [...]

2018-11-29T18:18:43+00:00January 1st, 2019|Special situations|

Jennifer’s Story

(See previous entry: It Takes a Village: Strength from support groups for single women going though fertility treatment) When I turned 40, I decided that I needed to think hard about becoming a mother on my own. I spent a good 6 months in the 'thinking' stage, another 6 months in the 'planning stage,’ and at 41 took the leap of faith, picked a donor and started the process. I completed 2 IUI's and then went directly to IVF with PGS testing, which gave me 2 chromosomally normal embryos. One created my son who recently turned 1 years old and the other one I am going to try for baby #2 soon when I turn 43 years old. For me, [...]

2018-11-29T18:15:09+00:00December 15th, 2018|Special situations|

It Takes a Village: Strength from support groups for single women going though fertility treatment

For many years Shady Grove Fertility has been sponsoring a monthly group for single women pursuing treatment to become a single mother by choice. For many women it becomes a lifeline- a place to talk about their treatment hopes and successes as well as their difficult decisions and   losses.  Women talk about  a wide range of topics:  their sharp  disappointment at not beginning a family the way they had hoped to,  their  concern about raising a child without a father and  about  how they could manage the logistical and financial challenges of being a single parent . They also talk about the many issues related to fertility treatment . They share information about sperm banks, treatment options  and the  [...]

2018-11-29T18:04:21+00:00November 29th, 2018|Special situations|