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Suzanne Rico is an infertility survivor. During her adventures through the daunting and confusing world of assisted reproductive technology (ART), Suzanne, a former television news anchorwoman, endured seven in vitro fertilizations (IVFs), four miscarriages and one major surgery before finally reaching her goal of having children. So complex were her infertility issues, she had to use a surrogate to have her second son. Through it all, she smiled for the cameras, even as the heartbreak and challenge of her infertility journey nudged her closer to the edge. Suzanne offers the lessons learned along the way to those currently in the trenches of the infertility battle, along with the hope and reassurance that it can be won.


How to know if you'll have trouble with fertility?

a blog by Suzanne Rico, April 28, 2014

In 2004, when I began seriously trying to have a baby, I had a sneaking suspicion it might not be that easy. I was 37-years-old, and while I was fit and healthy, I’d never been pregnant and I hadn’t always been THAT careful. Turns out my intuition was right; it took 7 IVFs, three miscarriages, one surgery, one surrogate, and countless tears for my husband and I to finally have the family we’d always wanted.

A human oocyte

a blog by Suzanne Rico, April 8, 2014

“Most of our lives, our eggs are in a state of suspended animation as immature cells but in the three to four months before ovulation, an egg must undergo a major transformation," writes author Rebecca Fett in her book It Starts With The Egg. "It grows dramatically in size and starts producing much more energy. The egg must then execute a precise process of separating and ejecting copies of chromosomes.”

Do all new mothers deserve paid maternity leave?

a blog by Suzanne Rico, March 28, 2014 The news came as a total surprise. It was late 2007 and I was meeting with the Human Resources manager of KCBS-Television in Los Angeles, where I anchored the morning newscast.

a blog by Suzanne Rico, March 19, 2014 When someone tells you the key to getting pregnant is to “just relax” you probably want to grab them by the neck and shake a few times—and of course your stress level goes through the roof because, damn it, it’s just not that easy!

But the research does not lie. A 2010 study showed that women with high levels of a stress-indicating enzyme in their saliva were twelve times less likely to get pregnant than women with low levels. And this carried over to women with no infertility issues: higher stress biomarkers were linked to increased time to get pregnant.

The long road to parenthood via surrogacy

a blog by Suzanne Rico, March 12, 2014
Surrogacy is not for the faint of heart. As a mother who carried her first child to term and used a surrogate for the second, I am intimately familiar with the risks—and rewards—of having someone else carry your child. But as someone who was also a “do-it-yourself-er”—meaning I did not use a surrogacy agency—the story of a child in Great Britain who, effectively, now has two mothers after an independent surrogacy arrangement went sideways, is frightening.


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I just truned 43 and I have been doing fertility treaments for 2.5 years... 3 wasted time IUI's and now I just finished my 6th IVF cycle (would have been seven but one was canceled because my follicles on the right and let were different sizes. I have gained a ton of wight - look and feel awful and am just so tired of seeing eveyone else get pregnant except me. Each time I try to be positive and hopeful... My Test is Sunday but I know I am getting my period. How much can one take! :(


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