Author: Ellen Glazer


Getting Through Mother's Day When Your Sister (Or Sister-In-Law) Is Pregnant

Anyone who has ever gone through infertility knows that the news of other people’s pregnancies can be difficult. It can be upsetting and unnerving to learn that someone else has gone from “not pregnant” to “pregnant” when you haven’t.

While any pregnancy news may jolt you, some pregnancies can be harder to bear than others. High on the list ar...

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Words Matter: Effective Communication Principles for People Dealing with Infertility

Infertility is not for the faint of heart. In addition to coping with monthly cycles of hope, disappointment and hope renewed, you have to deal with any number of other challenges. For many, a big challenge comes in figuring out if, when and how to talk with others about the infertility experience. After countless conversations with those at all stages...

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Talking with Family, Friends and Strangers about Infertility

Among the many challenges people face going through infertility is determining how to deal with the people they come in contact with. This may include family, close friends, casual friends, acquaintances or even, total strangers. In working with infertile individuals and couples over many years, I have come to believe that most are guided by two principles: distinguishing privacy from...

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Spring Rejuvenation

First, the bad news: Spring is not an easy time to be going through infertility. Nice weather prompts people to shed their heavy winter coats and expose their pregnant bellies. Trees and flowers in bloom can be painful reminders that life is not yet growing inside you (or your partner). And the Spring holidays-Easter and Passover-are filled with symbols of...

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Becoming and Being an Older Parent

Joyce at 34 is a documentary about a career woman who decides to have a baby at age 34. The film was made in 1972 and at that time, women who became pregnant after 30 were labeled "geriatric mothers" or "elderly prima gravidas." It has been nearly four decades since I saw the film, but I can still remember the dramatic scene in which...

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