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From the Infertility Doula

Hi, my name is Ebru Halper and I'm an infertility doula. I work one-on-one with individuals and couples who are entering the world of fertility treatments. As many of you unfortunately know, the diagnosis is nothing short of overwhelming. Building on my years of experience and having devoted myself full-time to all things infertility, my role is multifaceted: I am a patient advocate, sounding board and confidant. The guidance and support that one receives from a fellow infertile who's been through it all can be invaluable. Helping you navigate the ins and outs of this brave new world is my main goal—holding your hand along the way so that you never feel lost or alone.

In this blog, I will draw from my daily experiences with my clients (while maintaining their anonymity), from topics and questions that come up. While each journey is unique, common threads of hope, anxiety, frustration and disappointment weave through all of our stories.

Please feel free to contact me directly for any topics you’d like to discuss at


a blog by Ebru Halper, May 21, 2013

It’s not easy finding a fertility doctor. Once you find one, who quickly give yourself to his/her capable hands and hope for the best. What happens when it’s been several unsuccessful cycles; you have watched your emotional and financial currency dwindle away? Well, that was the question posed to me recently. So here are five signs that it may be time to bid your fertility doctor farewell.

a blog by Ebru Halper, April 23, 2013

According to the CDC, 20 percent of women in the US, today, have their first child after 35. A woman’s age often comes up as the main cause for a couple’s inability to conceive. It’s an acknowledged and socially recognized matter—from our celebrities to our everyday faces of infertility, we are mostly used to seeing women in their late thirties to early forties, coming to terms with their biological clock. Thus, perhaps, it is not surprising that there is an unspoken insensitivity for younger infertility patients.

a blog by Ebru Halper, March 4, 2013

Hope: The state which promotes the belief in an outcome related to events and circumstances in one’s life.

Most of the time, the clients I meet are just about the embark on the Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) roller coaster and despite feeling overwhelmed, they are mostly hopeful. After all, they have taken the proactive steps to meet with a reproductive endocrinologist (fertility doctor) who will help them create the family they’ve longed for. Even the most hardened veterans among us can remember that initial optimism. But, when time is measured by the next blood test, ultrasound appointment, ovulation triggers and due-dates that never were, hope can be elusive.

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