When you’re first looking to learn about fertility treatment, the sheer volume of information available online can be a little bit overwhelming. You can (and many people do) spend countless hours reading blogs like this one, visiting online infertility communities, and scrolling through articles, trying to put together a clear picture of what’s involved, what to expect, and where you can find the help you need. All of these resources are immensely valuable, and the ability to research on your own time, in the privacy and comfort of your own home, is a huge bonus. At a certain point, however, information overload can set in. How do you sort through all of this to get the answers you need, and what’s your next move?
The world of reproductive medicine has many joys. Helping families of all shapes and sizes realize their dreams of bringing a new baby into the world is such a privilege, and one we never take for granted. For many LGBTQ families, the road to parenthood can be long and complex, and the obstacles they often face can be considerable. The opportunity to assist with that quest and celebrate the devotion, persistence, and courage of these families is one of the best parts of our job.
In the world of fertility, it takes the efforts of more than just one person to complete a successful journey. The very nature of fertility requires the combination of two reproductive cells in order to form life. And for anyone who has struggled with conceiving and has required the help of assisted reproduction, they know that it’s not just their physician who is paramount to their success, but an array of supporting characters. From nurses, embryologists, and ultrasound techs, to pharmacies, financial counselors and support groups, it doesn’t just take one person to create a life; it takes a village.