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Hi, my name is Lisa Newton. I’m 33 and I live on the Central California Coast with my husband, Tom, and our cat, Hemingway. We’ve been trying to conceive since March 2012. I started blogging as a way to cope with our multiple failed infertility treatments (4 IUIs, 2 IVFs). I try to be honest and realistic about my experiences, but I also try to keep a positive perspective.

I feel so privileged and humbled when someone reads my blog and resonates with something I wrote. I don’t have many offline friends who have been through infertility, so the infertility blogging community has given me a sense of community that I wouldn’t have otherwise.

I’d love to connect with you on my blog, AmateurNester, my Facebook page, or on Twitter @amateurnester.


A blog by Lisa Newton, April 21, 2015

It’s National Infertility Awareness Week and the theme this year is “You Are Not Alone.” Infertility can make you feel isolated and like you’re the only person struggling to conceive. But the fact is that 1 out of every 8 couples of reproductive age deal with infertility in some form. That means it’s very likely that there are people on your block, in your family, in your office, and in your place of worship who are also experiencing infertility.

Talking about infertility can be scary and leave you feeling vulnerable. But only by talking about it can we make it less taboo and remove the shame that often surrounds it.

A blog by Lisa Newton, February 4, 2015

Infertility is one of the worst and hardest things that has ever happened to me. I would never wish it on anyone and I’d do almost anything to make it disappear from my life. However, one of the ways I’ve learned to cope with it is by focusing (or at least attempting to focus) on the “silver linings” that have resulted from it. These are the things prevent my sadness from turning into despair and my anger from turning into bitterness. I share my silver linings with you in hopes that they’ll help you identify the silver linings in your own experience.

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