Monday, August 07, 2006

"Covering" for infertility

As a great companion to the Glamour feature about being Infertile in a Baby-Crazed World, I recommend the Literary Mama Op-Ed Covering Up by Robin Aronson. She addresses the cultural norm of natural pregnancy and the subtle stigmas associated with fertility treatment, stating that "And make no mistake, if you're straight and in a stable partnership, there is 'a real way' to get pregnant...." Aronson describes her ambivalent feelings about her own covering up of her fertility treatments, in response to thoughtlessly probing questions about how her twins came about.

You peel the cultural onion of pregnancy, childbirth, and motherhood, and there always seems to be another layer inside.

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