Individuals and couples challenged with the major life crisis of infertility often feel a range of strong and complicated emotions as they navigate the complicated medical procedures and terminology of making a family.
My sister-in-law just had a baby and she had four hours of labor, pushed for one hour (with seven minutes between contractions so she could rest) while talking to her doctor and holding her husband’s hand, and her beautiful baby boy slid out like a tiny miracle.
You gave up all the things you’d heard can decrease your chances - sushi, caffeine, glutens, dairy, alcohol, joy - and substituted them for all the things people told you could increase your chances: acupuncture, acupressure, ear candling, wheatgrass, colonics, standing on your head.
You made a point of drinking more water, eating more fruits and vegetables, switching over from power yoga to gentler yoga.
You got tested for allergies, antigens, antibodies.
Nearly every day, I thank my lucky stars that I live in this country.
But sometimes, I hate our country.
Twenty years ago, just before my first child was born, Congress enacted the Family Medical Leave Act. It was our country’s first (and still only) law that explicitly supports employees who need to take care of our loved ones.
Feel like you're seeing double lately? It might not be your eyesight - there are more set of twins being born in America than previous decades!
One in every 30 babies born in the U.S. is a twin, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This is an astounding increase from years past - in 1980, only 1 in every 53 babies was a twin.
So what's going on?
Well, the trend is partly attributed to the use of fertility drugs and assisted reproductive technology.
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