And Now They Are Five

Penn and Bella

By: Tosha Woronov Once upon a time about five years ago two friends met for dinner. They sat over plates of vegan tacos and lentil pate, the air between thick with the worries consuming one of them. Her name is Brandy, and she had been trying for over a year to get pregnant with her […]

The Other Mother

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By: Heather Somaini I have to say that our overall experience at Cedars Sinai was excellent.  But it wasn’t without its odd situations.  Remember the anesthesiologist who thought every gay man in our room was the father? Well in the NICU, they were generally confused by me.  They would ask who I was since I […]

Fear and Loathing (While Pregnant) In Bakersfield


By: Heather Somaini “Heather, I’m ok but there’s been a car accident. I’m at a hospital in Bakersfield…” Did I hear that right? What in the world just happened? I remained calm and tried to listen. She explained that she was at the San Joaquin Community Hospital in Bakersfield – ok stop right there. I […]

Retail Therapy

Family Room

By: Heather Somaini Sleep. It’s good to sleep when you don’t want to think or feel. It was the day after Tere’s D&C procedure, Saturday. I had to be down south for a class I was taking so I let Tere sleep in. The funny thing about a loss like a miscarriage is that you […]

Waiting for Baby, Part 6


By: Stacey Ellis Sunday at 8:00 AM. Today, I meet with Dr. T at the Huntington Reproductive Center in Pasadena. Yes, infertility doctors all work weekends because everything is timed. I had two follicles the last time I saw him and potentially some more. When this whole new “round” started, my husband Steve and I […]

The Stick

glass half full

By: Rosy Barren We won the raffle from the adoption fair- we got a steak dinner at Morton’s, haven’t had it yet.  We also went to a friend’s house for dinner and after, watched her favorite movie “Knocked Up”, she doesn’t know we’re in the process of trying to get pregnant.  I laughed at the […]

Full Of Hope

By: Rosy Barren Today I lay recovering from my retrieval.  I’m happy to report that I didn’t feel or remember a thing.  I woke up with my partner and my doctor by my side only to find out that they retrieved 4 eggs.  This was a bit of shock coming from having 11 follicles. Well […]