Shimra and Jonathan

Family Stories   Shimra and Jonathan We got married five years ago. We had and continue to dream of building a family together. When we began trying, we never expected that our journey for a child would span over multiple years. After a year into our journey, our frustration started to grow. Friends and family were having children, and something …

Lyndsey and Michael

Family Stories   Lyndsey and Michael Growing up as an only child, it has always been my dream to have at least two kids. I was fortunate to get pregnant with my daughter on our first try (with my ex-husband). I had an easy pregnancy, labor and delivery, and my daughter is healthy and happy. After going through a divorce, …

Stephanie and Ezra

Family Stories   Stephanie and Ezra As a queer couple who does not have sperm in our relationship, we have encountered a significant amount of medical, psychological, and spiritual barriers to starting our family building journey. Miraculously, the first time we tried to get pregnant (via IUI), Stephanie conceived. It truly felt like a basheret (meant-to-be) moment. Sadly, Stephanie miscarried …

Tessa and Josh

Family Stories   Tessa and Josh We have been planning our family since three months into our relationship. Discussions about how many kids we would have and what to name them were happening before we had ever even spent our first holiday together! While we did broach the topic of adoption (if need be), we never imagined we’d be having …

Zhi and Casey

Family Stories   Zhi and Casey We met each other in 2012 as I was exiting the United States Marine Corps after 13 years of service. We started dating and blossomed into marriage for seven years. We both always wanted to have kids and have been trying since marriage. However, we had no luck and came to find out I …

Lexie and Jonathan

Family Stories   Lexie and Jonathan My husband, Jon, and I are high school sweethearts. We have been married for five years now, however our first couple years of marriage we were dealing with fighting off cancer. Jon was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in September of 2015. We were engaged during this time but we were not going to stop …

Jena and Molly

Family Stories   Jena and Molly Our journey together began in 2016 when we met through a dating app. It didn’t take us long to meet in person and we quickly became friends. After just being friends for several months, we stopped fighting the inevitable and began dating in 2017. Like most couples, we began discussing our future, and thankfully …

Dana and Sam

Family Stories   Dana and Sam We married in 2017 and knew that we wanted to start our family as soon as possible. When two years spent trying had passed without any success, we scheduled an appointment with a reproductive endocrinology and infertility specialist. That first evaluation would help diagnose Dana with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and Hypothyroidism. Finally, we had …

Lauren and Sean

Family Stories   Lauren and Sean Sean and I met over 20 years ago and are high school sweethearts, we bonded over our love of music and art. We always talked about starting a family, we knew we wanted to be parents and were excited at the idea of getting married and starting our own family. We wanted to wait …

Cecilia and Manuel

Family Stories   Cecilia and Manuel Our journey began in 2017 when I unexpectedly became pregnant. We were ecstatic at the thought of us becoming parents. Everything seemed to be going well but, a little over two months after finding out I was pregnant my doctor realized that my HCG levels were higher that expected and decided to send me …