Be You

be-youI am pretty specific about what I like and my wedding makeup was no exception. I wanted a bright lipstick – something fun and bold. πŸ‘ 

When I spoke with the makeup artist on the phone – I was told that neutral, soft, ‘barely there makeup’ – looked best on brides. The florist said that neutral was innocent and soft – like a bride. πŸ‘°πŸ»
My photographer told me the pictures would look more heavenly if I wore barely there makeup. I tried to explain that it just didn’t feel right – it wasn’t me. πŸ™πŸΌ

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Learning From Your Past To Help Build Your Future

Yesterday’s post was a little learn-from-your-past-aug-18down for my liking and my intention was not to have people feel bad about things they’ve done in the past. πŸ‘ž .

So. I’m going to create an addendum πŸ˜‰

Here is what I tell my patients: What’s done is done, the past is what makes us who we are today. As humans we are never perfect – we take the good with the not-so-good and this is what makes us all such colorful and compassionate individuals.

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Hey Guys, Is It Hard?

Is it hard for men? hard-august-16! πŸ’ͺ

YES it’s hard!Β It is reallyΒ hard to get people to engage and learn about fertility – especially when they might not be experiencingΒ it themselves (yet). πŸ’€πŸ’€

However, I was at a wedding this weekend with some of our closest friends from residency. The topic of my “new blog” came up. It was (of course) the women who wanted to know if they should freeze eggs or how long they should keep trying to get pregnant before they seek help.
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A Pregnant Woman’s Lucky Charm

helen-hartThis is my baby girl, Helen Hart. πŸ’š

When I was pregnant with her, I had just started my fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. I was really, really nervous about being pregnant and working with women who were coming to see me for infertility.
Would they want a doctor who was pregnant? I wore loose clothes and tried not to touch my belly at work. πŸ‘—

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Size DOES Matter!

does-size-matter-august-10One of the most important questions I ask my patients is – how big do you want your family to be? How many children were you hoping for? πŸ‘«πŸ‘«πŸ‘«πŸ‘«

Often we are focused on treating the immediate issue (having ONE child) – and we forget to ask about the big picture. But ultimately, we’d like to help patients achieve their ENTIRE family goal. πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘¦πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘¦πŸ’« When I’m determining what treatment option is best, an important question is whether the couple wants a big family. If so, I might be more apt to recommend IVF over IUI (intrauterine insemination). πŸ€”
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There’s More Than One Way To Build A Family

Families come in alipstick-comes-in-more-than-1-colourll mixes, matches, colors and variations. They are also made in more than one way. πŸ‘©πŸ»πŸ‘¨πŸ½πŸ‘©πŸΏπŸ‘¨πŸΌπŸ‘ΆπŸΎπŸ‘¦πŸΌ

What I love about my job is that I help make families for people who want them more than anything. πŸ‘«Β Whether it’s a heterosexual couple that has been trying for years, a same sex couple that needs donor sperm or egg, a situation where someone wants to avoid passing on a hereditary disease, or a single female that doesn’t have a partner but wants to start a family on her own ~ everyday I help bring people together to create families. πŸ’š

It doesn’t matter if you adopted an embryo, underwent IVF, used donor sperm – or had a gestational carrier. What matters is the love, effort and energy you put into making your family yours. 😍

Your family is by definition – what you want it to be, and nobody should tell you otherwise. πŸ’‹