New York Times columnist and a former patient of Shaare Zedek, Amy Klein published an insightful book, “The Trying Game: Get Through Fertility Treatment and Get Pregnant Without Losing Your Mind,” where she describes her experience trying to conceive a baby. She explains the changing fertility treatment landscape and offers people support and understanding.
Klein went through 10 doctors, nine rounds of IVF, four IUIs and four miscarriages before having her daughter Lily five years ago. In 2013, after four failed rounds of IVF in the US, Amy and her husband moved from New York to Jerusalem for eight months to receive treatment at Shaare Zedek. She said, “I’m super-grateful to Shaare Zedek and Israel, but going abroad for fertility treatment is hard…It isn’t easy being away from your regular friends and support system. [However,] in Israel, people are more aware and opt for fertility treatment earlier. It’s just considered another medical treatment there.”
Klein wrote this book as a guide and resource. She shared, “I want to help people through the journey. I want the mistakes I made and what I suffered to have meaning…I made the book part personal, part prescriptive…For me, it was always a thought to include everyone trying to have children. A lot of the struggles are the same.”
Amy, thank you for sharing your thoughts and experiences and for helping others get through what is typically a very challenging and emotional time. We wish you and your husband much joy and happiness in your lives together with Lily.