After Miscarriage and Infertility, Hannah Bronfman Is Redefining What It Means to Create a Family
26.05.2023 - 20:57
By As told to has been documenting her journey since 2019, through the highest of highs and the devastating lows. Now, nine months pregnant with her second child, she shares a deeply personal essay about wanting to break the stigmas surrounding infertility, and redefining what it means to create a family. I’ve been asked many times over the last few years why I’ve been so public about my struggles to get pregnant. Why I’ve documented jabbing needles into myself during my multiple rounds of implantation cycles and IVF.
Why I’ve spoken in detail about my miscarriages. Why I’ve shared the tears, and the exhaustion, and then ultimately my first successful pregnancy, and now my second—I am due to give birth again in less than two weeks. I’ve done it because I’m not living on an island, suffering alone. What I was going through was the same as so many women and families, but so often—in the midst of the struggle—it’s hard to speak up.
And as , our experiences are far too often invisible. I didn’t set out to become a poster child of fertility struggles, but I felt strongly that just talking about it could help others in my position.In the age of social media, we’re so used to sharing our lives. Usually it’s just the great parts.
But for me, from the age of 29 to 35 (which I am now), so much of my life revolved around trying to get pregnant, and so much of my day-to-day was tracking cycles, having IUI [intrauterine insemination], trying to conceive, losing pregnancies, preparing my body for egg collections, doing IVF [in vitro fertilization]. To not show that would have been a disservice. In the end, trying to hide the emotional and physical exhaustion of my day-to-day felt harder than sharing it. Even though recording my first
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