About Jess and Brave New World Baby
Once upon a time, I was one of those girls who said, “I would never do In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). I’d ‘just’ adopt instead.” Then my husband and I found out IVF was the only way we would be able to conceive. I went home, cried and googled the heck out of IVF. So began my initiation into the world of Infertility and Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART).
I began this blog as an outlet to talk about what my husband and I were going through in our baby-making quest. Through my blog and twitter, I met some incredible people who were going through their own struggles, and bit by bit, I began to feel like it was going to be ok no matter what happened.
After three IVF cycles (two fresh and one frozen), two miscarriages, a million shots and tears, we finally welcomed our baby girl into the world in January 2012. (You can see our full timeline here.) To say she was worth it all is an understatement. I look at her every day and still can’t believe that tiny slow-growing embryo, conceived in a dish, is now our beautiful daughter.
But I haven’t forgotten my path here, and the friends who got me through it all. Now I want to give back to others, by sharing stories of hope and encouragement to those who are embarking on their own “Brave New World” adventures.
If you have any questions about my infertility journey, I’m here to help. You can reach me on Twitter at: @IVFJess or by email: jessjetson at gmail dot com
A bit about my anonymity: My husband and I are very open with our friends and family about what we went through, believing it’s important to share our experiences and let others know that infertility isn’t something to be ashamed of. That said, I keep a first-name basis on my blog because of professional reasons, at least for now.