June 30

The Brave New World of IVF_ New York Times MAGAZINE

The Brave New World of IVF_ New York Times   ‘If there were risks, it didn’t matter. I wanted a child too much at that point. From Day 1, I’ve always felt this was a miracle procedure for me.’   Was the future of our species being decided at this Hilton, with its seaweed-colored carpet […]

December 23

This Holiday season have a Ball!

Dear friends, Thank you for your amazing support in 2013! With your love, mentorship and inspiration The CYCLE: Living A Taboo is making it into the 4th year of production and going stronger then ever! The Forum we created united people in a public, heartfelt discussion of life crisis that Infertility brings. We shared in […]

path finder December 16

INFERTILITY SURVIVAL GUIDE: PART 6 – Maria of Grand Rapids

Excerpt From “My Little Baby: Stories of an Infertile Woman” By Maria Novotny I remember the day that I found out about Amanda. It was the first week of August. I was sitting in the Writing Center during a free session. On my email, a chat box popped up. Recently I had just revised my […]

infertility, reproductive technologies December 09

INFERTILITY SURVIVAL GUIDE: PART 5 – COMING OUT OF THE CLOSET

When Andy, a friend of mine,  came to support our THE CYCLE: Living A Taboo Forum on the Emotional Effects of Infertility, he surprised me with a suggestion that the evening reminded him of coming out of the closet experience. The heartfelt stories, shared shame and hope for resurrection, feeling of not being understood by […]

Infertility, IVF, adoption November 25

INFERTILITY SURVIVAL GUIDE: PART4 – 3rd PARTY REPRODUCTION AND ADOPTION

Recently I had the pleasure of speaking with Phyllis Lowinger, LCSW, a licensed clinical social worker. Phyllis has been a psychotherapist in private practice in New York City for over 30 years and specializes in Infertility, adoption, and third party reproduction. She is a parent of two adult daughters: one by adoption and one by birth. Like most people, she […]

November 18

INFERTILITY SURVIVAL GUIDE: PART 3 – EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE

What I wish I knew when I got started. As the media’s coverage of Technological Advancements and happy outcomes instills assurances that the world of Reproductive Technologies can overcome practically any barriers of conception, the lives of the majority of patients, millions of people who have turned to science for a cure and came away […]

November 11

INFERTILITY SURVIVAL GUIDE: PART 2 – MEDICAL ESTABLISHMENT.

On one hand we’ve been practically beaten over the heads with the idea that IVF procedures are invasive on physical, emotional and financial levels, akin to cancer treatment. The cancer ward, a modern testing ground to doctor-patient ethics, can teach a lot. Oncologists are very bad at telling patients that it’s the last time they’re […]

November 04

INFERTILITY SURVIVAL GUIDE: Part 1 – Biotech

How do you reconcile medical necessity to use Reproductive Technologies with ethical considerations and still remain a good person? Dr. Tricia R. Bogle is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Montclair State University, where she teaches advanced seminars in reproductive biotechnology, bioethics, and feminist theory for the Political Science & Law Department, the Honors Program, and […]

infertility October 28

Infertility Survival Guide: a new blog series

NEW YORK, Audubon Terrace—Following a heartfelt response to THE CYCLE: Living A Taboo Forum that concluded in NYC this September (created and produced by Irina Vodar, co-produced by Pamela Tsigdinos), filmmaker Irina Vodar gathers the core network of participants, medical professionals, supporters, press and attendees to launch an exciting new blog series addressing social and […]

October 01

REAL OPPORTUNITY TO INFLUENCE A DOCTOR-PATIENT CONDUCT!

How do we reconcile the need to stay uplifted about our chances of conception and the need to protect our physical and mental health from over stimulation and collapse? In the few days following the forum we have received a lot of feedback from all over the world championing the need for awareness, change in […]

September 30

We did it! The first Cycle Forum just concluded in NYC!

As the clock hit 5pm on Friday evening we had access to the theater. Little no-longer-valid details gave way to a profound calmness that took over me and the participants of the show. It felt surreal to nod my head to roll the presentation. Although I was there, its hard to gauge exactly what had […]

September 25

FEW THOUGHTS BEFORE THE FORUM OPENS

The last few hours before the Forum opens… We’ve put in a lot of work to make this event come to life, and at this point it’s time to let it go, step back, say what’s on your heart and let the audience come in and create a dialogue. We’re excited to have a small […]

September 12

SELLING THE FANTASY OF FERTILITY

Dear Friends! Today is the day we’ve been working towards for many months! The CYCLE: Living A Taboo celebrates the publication of a landmark article, Selling the Fantasy of Fertility in the New York Times by two of our Forum contributors, Miriam Zoll and Pamela Tsigdinos, the forum co-producer. Some people do, of course, become parents through this […]

May 26

There’s no business like show business.

In 1974 a nurse suffered infertility in British Columbia. To help her overcome the aftermath of unsuccessful treatments she started a small support group of women who met regularly around her kitchen table. The group continued to grow and has emerged as Resolve National Infertility Association. Today it lobbies infertility issues in Congress, creates awareness […]

March 11

Growing the Documentary

Last week I have been privileged to see an amazing transformation take place in my environment. I have declared for myself three years ago that I will make a film about my experience of trying to conceive (TTC), my emotional ups and downs and the life lessons I have learned from the experience. While I […]