Inspire – Women of Dartmouth Stories

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Our Reproductive Journeys Series

While women today have expanding opportunities and choices about when and how to create families, nothing is simple or straightforward when it comes to making decisions about motherhood. The stories in this series represent many sides of the spectrum. We hope you’ll enjoy them, and if you’d like to share your experiences on this topic, please reach out to us.

This is the beginning of our exploration into a rich and diverse range of experiences. Help us expand the narrative by contributing a story of your own on this theme.

When Not Getting Pregnant Feels Like Failure

The story of an over achiever, who expected to succeed at everything she did by Laura Moore ’00.

Childless By Choice

Crystal Flores (Marra) ’04 shares her story of deciding not to have children and how that has impacted her life.

A Fresh Perspective on the IVF Journey

An Ob/Gyn Becomes a Therapist and has a Fresh Perspective on IVF by Brita Reed ’76.

Choosing Home Birth

Questioning the Medical Model of Birth in America by Nancy Fisher ’01.

It's Now or Never

Choosing Single Motherhood by Laura Icken ’85.

The Opposite of Sadness

Raising a Child with Disabilities by Nicole Schmidt ’94.

Adoption: It's Complicated

Kathy Heafey, ’90, shares how she built her family through adoption.

Past Event

The Motherhood Spectrum: A conversation about our reproductive journeys

On October 4, 2023, we gathered to listen and share stories about the evolving spectrum of motherhood. While women today have expanding opportunities and choices about when and how to create families, nothing is simple or straightforward when it comes to making these decisions. The storytellers who came together to launch our new story series included Crystal Flores (Marra) ‘04, Brita Reed ‘76, Laura Moore ‘00, and Nancy Fisher ‘01. They they discussed different aspects of their journeys through the Motherhood Spectrum and we all shared openly and connected deeply with other inspiring Women of Dartmouth.

Past Event

Fertility Journeys: a conversation with Dartmouth women

During Women’s History Month, Dartmouth women came together for a panel discussion on Fertility Journeys – a conversation about the possibilities, decisions and experience of creating family. Co-hosted by Women of Dartmouth and Women of Geisel in Healthcare and Biomedical Science.

Panelists: Lisa Cloitre ’94, T’02, Deborah Ikhena-Abel MED’10, Vanessa Paster ’00, Bernardine Wu ’95

Resources

Below are some Reproductive Journeys Resources participants and others have shared with us (in no particular order).

We extend an open invitation to you, inviting you to share resourses of all sorts that helped you during your reproductive journey – childless by choice, IVF, family planning, bump groups, breastfeeding, books, podcasts, websites, etc. All ideas are welcome and will be added to this section.

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