This might seem like a stretch, but hear me out. You can learn a lot about the experiences of infertility in today’s America, by watching the Regency England romance novel turned Shondaland confection on Netflix — “Bridgerton” (the most watched show they’ve had with 82 million households streaming it).

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In 2014, after my first IVF cycle ended in a hemorrhagic cyst and my second cycle yielded only one viable embryo, the doctor told almost-35-year-old me that I should not wait too long to come back and (pay for) a third IVF cycle as my fertility was “in rapid decline.”…


If you are a patriotic American, as I am, you agree that America is a unique country who plays an important role as an example to the world for our democracy, free press and “melting pot” populace. All of these assets benefit from our long history of welcoming and integrating…


(Very) Local Action on International Women’s Day

As an American woman on International Women’s Day, I am lucky to have the choice of which of the many issues affecting women in my community and around the world to advocate for. I don’t take this choice lightly. With women working around me still earning an average of 78…


It’s a sign of the times that Mark Bittman is signing off from his post as the New York Times food opinion writer this month (double pun, intended). Although he had been writing about food, restaurants, and recipes for the Times for years, Bittman started a fresh chapter at the…

Ellen Gustafson

Co-Founder, Military Family Building Coalition. Mom of 3 Miracles. Author, "We the Eaters". Co-Founder, FEED. Sister on the Planet Ambassador, Oxfam.

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