SISTERLY TALK : Real Stories from Real Women — IVF

Rental Womb

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Rental Womb

Because every woman has her own journey. At 17 years old, I was reading the local newspaper and an advertisement about surrogacy instantly seized my attention. It was one money-maker I had never thought of before. The year prior, my dad passed away. I left school to help my mother and two older sisters run our family farm through challenging financial times. We always had food to eat, and a roof over our heads, but luxuries like a new pair of shoes, or coat were reserved for extraordinarily special occasions. With my sister’s full-time job, and our family contributions on...

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Pregnant at 40

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Pregnant at 40

Because every woman has her own journey. I’ve never had much luck with men. Long-term relationships, and commitment just weren’t my thing. I partially attribute this to my upbringing. My parents are from Japan; and growing up, my dad had all the authority in our family of three. I cannot say my mom had an issue with it. She never spoke badly of him or went against any of his wishes. Not even the slightest attempt - whatsoever. He was always right, regardless of the situation. She wouldn’t even attend dinner with friends against his will.  She genuinely felt secure...

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Highly Unexpected

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Highly Unexpected

Because every woman has her own journey. My partner and I have been together for 10 years when we decided to take our relationship to the next level. Marriage had never been top priority for us; we didn’t need a government-issued certificate to solidify our love for each other. Our next level: babies! Our wish was to have two little ones to complete our family.             Autumn came around, and I was promoted to Director, Global Editorial & Copy at the fashion house I worked for. This was just what I needed to further secure our finances as we embarked...

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Her Pregnancy, My Baby

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Her Pregnancy, My Baby

Because every woman has her own journey. January 2016 in Dover, Vermont. Snow is falling, it’s 17 degrees out, and my husband has two layers of pajamas underneath a thick wool blanket to keep warm.  Somehow, I’m drenched in my own sweat, chugging my bedside iced water, and my fresh blow-out has completely frizzed up in a matter of hours. Heads up-- I’ve had anxiety my entire life: anxiety about everything. School, money, family, friendships, and work. Yet this anxiety is borderline unbearable. Rewind to my earlier years. I’m originally from Bellows Falls. My parents struggled with alcoholism, my younger...

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Yuh Cyah Make Love on Hungry Belly

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Yuh Cyah Make Love on Hungry Belly

Because every woman has her own journey. I’m from Trinidad. My grandparents, parents, and I were all born in Trinidad, but my ancestors are from India. Don’t speak Hindi, have never been to India, but feel Indian, but also extremely Caribbean—it’s just a thing. My parents moved to New Jersey when I was 2 years old, but we’ve been in the USA ever since. I went to a local college, where I met my husband, also Indo-Trinidadian. As an only daughter of four children, my parents hosted a big, fat Indian wedding in New Jersey. It was the type of...

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