With Chanukah on Wednesday night, miracles are on my mind. Many people see the December holiday season a time for miracles. Just consider all the holiday movies. How many feature at least one miracle moment?
Those struggling with infertility hope for a miracle every day, all year long. They hope and hope that this month will be their month. This will be the month they see the second pink line appear on the pregnancy test. This month, when the nurse calls, she will have good news.
So I was a bit surprised by something I read in The Daily Shot a few weeks ago. The Daily Shot is an email newsletter from FertilityAuthority.com, and it's a good one to subscribe to. Sometimes it's funny, sometimes it's inspiring.
A few weeks ago, they had an email newsletter featuring "Expressions that Are Annoying to the TTC Crowd." One of them was, "He's our little miracle!" The newsletter then said, "There's nothing miraculous about ART [assisted reproductive technology]. You're working really hard."
A miracle is not a miracle if you work hard for it? Really? I disagree.
I think every pregnancy is a miracle, but the IVF and fertility treatment babies are the biggest miracles.
Despite all the injections, the ultrasounds, the medical procedures - despite all this advanced medicine going into conceiving one baby - most of us have doubts it'll be successful. We figure the gal down the street, sleeping with her boyfriend for the first time on some random day, has a better chance of pregnancy success than we do at the fertility clinic.
So when pregnancy success happens, it feels amazing. It feels like a real miracle. It is a miracle, in my opinion.
How do you feel about others referring to fertility treatment conceptions as miracles? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!
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