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Title: From Infertility to Parenthood: One Couple’s Journey to Form a Family


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  • Mohak Infertility Center

Our Location
SAIMS Campus,Indore-Ujjain state highway, Near
MR-10 crossing,Indore (M.P.)-453111
Dr. Shilpa Bhandari
 Reproductive Medicine Specialist
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From Infertility to Parenthood One Couples
Journey to Form a Family
When Noah Moskin and Maya Grobel learned they
couldnt conceive naturally, they grabbed a
camera and filmed their experience overcoming
infertility to build a family.
Noah Moskin and Maya Grobel met in college during
film class, fell in love, and got married. When
it came time for them to start a family, they
tapped into their affection for film and began
recording their experience.
We started by interviewing each other and
sharing how we were feeling, Moskin told
Healthline.
Because their journey to parenthood took longer
than they expected, the couple ended up having
hundreds of hours of footage, which they turned
into the documentary One More Shot.
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The film reveals raw and personal details of
their experience with infertility.
It felt powerful to create something that could
connect with people in such an intimate way and
normalize the different ways families come
together, Grobel told Healthline.
Living with infertility
After a year and a half of trying to conceive
naturally, at the age of 32, Grobel received a
diagnosis of diminished ovarian reserve. That
means the number and quality of her eggs was
lower than expected for her age.
According to the fertility center Center for
Human Reproduction in New York City, about 10
percent of people with uteruses experience
diminished ovarian reserve.
Having a baby was nonnegotiable for me. It
wasnt an option for me to be childfree, so I had
this intense desperation of figuring out how
Im going to have a baby, she said. Since my
body wasnt creating the ingredients to do so,
all I could think about was how else are we
going to do this.
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The couple decided to try in vitro fertilization
(IVF). This procedure involved extracting
Grobels eggs from her uterus and combining them
with Moskins sperm to create embryos. The
embryos would then be transferred to Grobels
uterus in hopes of her becoming pregnant.
However, the couples embryos werent viable to
carry on with the procedure.
By sharing their heartbreak in the documentary,
Grobel and Moskin hope to remove the stigma
surrounding infertility.
The language around fertility isnt positive.
People will say, I failed IVF. Thats the way
the industry talks about it. Its not intended to
shame people, but there is this overall feeling
of there is something wrong with me, Im broken,
Grobel said.
After their first IVF attempt, the couple sought
help from Grobels sister, who agreed to be an
egg donor. When the procedure didnt work, Grobel
and Moskin began looking into other options.
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During their research and in the film, they
interviewed several couples who share their
stories of adoption, egg donation, surrogacy, and
more. The more people I connected with, the
more I realized that our story is just a version
of so many other stories, and that many people
dont feel heard, Grobel said. The more I
looked into it, it became clear that there were
options and we could be hopeful.
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Financial demands add hardship
Along with hope, each option also brought more
financial strain. Youre trying to have a
family and its hard to put a dollar amount on
that. Money is stressful for most people, and
then you consider what the money value of having
a child is and its more stressful, Moskin
said. The couple talked with families who spent
250,000, took out second mortgages, and acquired
loans in their pursuit of having a child. When
youre spending all this money, its a gamble. If
you do a procedure and it doesnt work, you start
from scratch, Moskin said. Navigating coverage
with insurance companies adds additional stress.
Dr. Gloria Richard-Davis, director of
reproductive endocrinology and infertility at the
University of Arkansas Medical Sciences and
author of Planning Parenthood, says generally a
financial screener at the doctors office informs
patients of whats covered and whats not.
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However, she suggests that patients verify the
information with their insurance company. I
recommend communicating with your insurance
company in writing. We have found, depending on
the agent answering the phone, the answer to the
question changes. So, document. Once you know
what is covered or not, the center can give you
an estimated cost of your treatment,
Richard-Davis told Healthline. She also advises
to be upfront with your doctor about what you can
afford. There are some companies that finance
fertility treatments, so ask. Some of my patients
have family members that chip in. In the long
run, it is worth the investment, Richard-Davis
said. Grobel and Moskin were surprised by how
many procedures and tests were not covered by
insurance.
We always knew it was expensive, but we were
blown away by how expensive it was. Infertility
is a medical diagnosis, and the fact that
insurance companies dont cover it invalidates it
in some ways, said Grobel. Basic blood tests we
had to pay out of pocket. My ovaries are part of
my body, so why is it elective?
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Carrying on with life while trying to become
parents
During their four-year journey to parenthood,
Grobel says accepting the unknown was the most
difficult. I was physically and emotionally
exhausted. I was handcuffed to my ovaries. I
wasnt supposed to exercise at certain times. I
was on a strict diet with my acupuncturist. It
took over my life. I felt like a pincushion
fertility patient, not a person in the world,
she said. But just wondering and not knowing if
I was pregnant was the most stressful. For
Moskin, the desire to fix their struggles took
the most toll on him. If its not your body
thats going through the trauma, you want to fix
it and know how to solve it. That I couldnt
solve it was really frustrating. You cant just
fix it yourself or call in a mechanic. We tried
and tried and couldnt fix it, Moskin said. To
cope with the stress during their journey, Moskin
took up rock climbing and camping.
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I put myself in situations where I couldnt
think of anything but what was right in front of
me. So if it was climbing, I didnt want to fall,
so I didnt think about our next doctor
appointment, he said. Creating the film was
also cathartic for him. Id do my day job and
come home at night and edit. And that made me
separate what was emotional or important for us
in the moment and what could be a good scene, he
said. When her sister was undergoing procedures
to be an egg donor, Grobel took courses to become
a yoga teacher. I took this course because my
body wasnt needed in the same way during that
time, Grobel said. In addition to their
individual physical endeavors, the couple
sculpted out time to have fun together, like
going to baseball games, concerts, and comedy
shows.
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Allowing yourself to live a little bit and take
care of each other without the responsibility of
making each other feel better was important. When
wed go out, wed make them times where we didnt
allow fertility talk, Grobel said. Richard-Davis
agrees with their coping strategies. She also
suggests seeking out mind-body connection. I
recommend to many patients yoga, meditation,
exercise. There are apps that walk you through
deep breathing and relaxation exercises. The VA
developed an app with Stanford and other academic
centers called CBT-I (cognitive behavioral
therapy for insomnia) that guides you through
exercises that quiets your mind, she
said. Managing social situations and friendships
differently was another area Moskin and Grobel
had to work through. I had friends who were
having eight kids while we were going through
this, and Id keep my distant from them. You have
to battle self-preservation and dont put
yourself in situations that you dont feel
comfortable in, Moskin said. But also, you have
to understand that if your friends are having
kids, its not an insult to you.
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Grobel says she appreciated most when a friend
offered empathy. When people offer advice, that
doesnt help. Best thing a friend can do is
acknowledge what youre going through and that
they dont quite understand it. Saying I know
this is really hard for you. I dont know the
details of what it feels like, but Im here is
perfect.
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A happy ending
In February 2014, Grobel became pregnant via
embryo donation, in which a remaining frozen
embryo produced by another couple during their
IVF process four years earlier was successfully
implanted into Grobel. Grobel and Moskins
daughter, Mika, was born on March 20, 2015. They
hope sharing their journey can decrease feelings
of isolation, shame, or stigma often associated
with infertility and bring to light the multiple
paths to parenthood. Davis agrees with their
message of hope. I encourage my patients to not
stop short of success. It may require multiple
attempts or moving on to more aggressive
therapy, she said. It is generally possible to
get pregnant, although not all options are
acceptable or affordable for everyone.
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We are the Best IVF centre in India, we have a
team of experienced doctors. We provide complete
treatment of infertility. If you are suffering
from infertility and want infertility treatment
as per your budget, then visit Mohak Infertility
Center, Indore. Book an appointment today call
now us 78980- 47572 / 80852-77666 for more
information.
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