An experienced health writer, Rachel Gurevich is coauthor of Birth Plans for Dummies (Wiley, 2012), and author of The Doula Advantage (Three Rivers Press, 2003) and FabJob Guide to Become a Doula (FabJob, 2006). The Doula Advantage received several endorsements, most notably from "America's Pediatrician" Dr. William Sears, and is also listed as recommended reading by the American Pregnancy Association. Both doula books are included on required and suggested reading lists for doula certification programs across the country.
Learn more about Rachel's current and past work on her personal website: http://www.rachelgurevich.com/
Rachel's experience with infertility is personal, having been diagnosed with secondary infertility after having two children without any problems. After six years and three miscarriages, she finally conceived (twins!) with the help of fertility treatments.
As a writer, Rachel's work has appeared in over 20 different publications, including ePregnancy Magazine, LowCarb Energy, Pregnancy Magazine, Big Apple Parent, Northwest Baby and Child, and many others. Rachel's article on breastfeeding was published in The Hadassah Jewish Family Book of Health and Wellness (Jossey-Bass, 2006). Also, for three years, Rachel was an assistant editor for Coincide Media, publishers of the award-winning SheKnows.com and PregnancyandBaby.com.
Rachel has a bachelor's degree in pure mathematics, along with a minor in psychology, from the University of Pittsburgh.
By Rachel Gurevich:
My husband and I always talked about having a family of five kids. When starting to try for a third child, I didn't expect any problems. My first two kids came easily, so I assumed things would be easy again.
In 2003, when my second son was just over a year, I got pregnant -- and then, quickly miscarried. We were upset, but reassured that miscarriages are common. Eventually, I got pregnant again, but seven weeks later, experienced a traumatic miscarriage.
Then, for reasons not understood, I stopped ovulating. After blood work, my doctor made a diagnosis of PCOS, and told me I probably would not get pregnant on my own again
Our doctor recommended Clomid and progesterone supplements. And I got pregnant (again!). But, it didn't stick. I miscarried for a third time.
Thankfully, this story has a happy ending. After six years of trying, we finally conceived with the help of fertility treatments, and 36 weeks later, I gave birth to beautiful twins.