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Jennifer Redmond,'s Editor-in-Chief
Jennifer has 20 years experience as a writer and editor, specializing in health care and reproductive health for the last several years. She has been published in Prevention magazine, and has had senior roles with several infertility-focused publications: writer/editor for REI Nurse Perspective and editor/publisher of the quarterly magazine, Family Building. She has had leadership roles in the launch and/or re-launch of several websites. Jennifer was the Director/Acting Director of Communications for RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association from 2003-2008, and prior to RESOLVE, she was a Senior Editor with, Inc. magazine’s website. Jennifer has a BA from Adelphi University in New York and she and her husband live in Boston. Contact Jennifer at


"Nature has got it all wrong: When you are younger, it should be harder to get pregnant, and as you get older it should be easier. When you are so ready, you can't do it to save your life.


a blog by the editors, June 10, 2010

Kudos to EMD Serono for coming up with an ad campaign that's witty, educational and makes us feel better about dealing with the insane beast, Infertilty. They've launched a series of five webisodes at the centerpiece of a new campaign designed to raise awareness about infertility.

[Read: Nailing Infertility with an Ad]


a blog by the editors, May 10, 2010

Throwing fuel on the infertile fire, we know you're always being asked -- point blank -- why you don't have children. Argh!

FertilityAuthority has offered up several suggested responses to this question, but this week in the New York Times' column, "City Room - Answers About Etiquette in New York," the question was posed to Lyudmila Bloch, an international etiquette expert, protocol consultant and author of “The Golden Rules of Etiquette at the Plaza.”

The question was from a couple who'd chosen to live child-free. We thought we'd share Ms. Bloch's response:


a blog by the editors, Mar. 8, 2010

Think about it: How desperate do you have to be to set fire to your own house?

Desperate. Last-resort Desperate.

Ralph Brown, it seems, was last-resort desperate to have a baby.

Brown, a volunteer with the fire department in Bennington, Vermont, is accused of setting fire to his own house on two occasions in order to collect insurance money to get his wife infertility treatment. Firefighters were called to his home on Feb. 26, around noon and again on Feb. 27 around 10:30 p.m. While the first fire was quickly brought under control, the second fire lasted longer and did more damage to the home. Brown has pled not guilty to numerous arson charges.

We read this story this morning and were struck by just how sad it is. Again, we were reminded just how inaccessible fertility treatment is to the average American.