Family Dynamics

Learning to Rest

By Shira Lankin Sheps | December 22, 2021

I never let myself rest.  At some point when I was sick with chronic illness, all I could do was…

Behind Closed Doors

By Alana Shlagbaum | December 8, 2021

My story started out pretty ordinary. I married the boy I had a crush on in summer camp and we…

Listening To My Own Voice

By Tali Muroff-Seligsohn | October 26, 2021

She told me to get in the bath. “You’re not in labor,” she said.  Seven years ago, on August 12,…

Experiencing Depression After Pregnancy Loss

By Dr. Kerry Bar-Cohn | October 12, 2021

For much of my life, I didn’t understand what it meant to be depressed. I thought it meant feeling down,…

Choosing Love

By Cheryl Nayowitz | August 24, 2021

As much as I loved love and dished it out generously to others, I fed myself fear. This ingestion was…

Danielle’s Story: Embracing Surrender: My Experience With OHSS

By Shira Lankin Sheps | June 6, 2021

1/6 “Unexplained Infertility” “It was the day before Thanksgiving. I remember because I took the day as a good omen.…

Shira’s Story: Behind the Scenes of the New Layers Book

By Shira Lankin Sheps | February 1, 2021

(1/6) Some of you may already know parts of my story.  This next part I’ve been keeping to myself for…

Maybe A Little Brighter, Tomorrow

By Atara Paris | January 26, 2021

After my second son was born, I struggled with mild postpartum depression (PPD). It was bad enough to be struggling…

Persistence, Perseverance, & Triumph

By Lori Prashker-Thomas | January 17, 2021

May 2, 2020, I felt really sick. I went to my local emergency room and I was screened for COVID…

In the Eye of the Storm

By Shira Lankin Sheps | January 10, 2021

My father is in the hospital sick with COVID.  It has been many months since words like “coronavirus” “quarantine” and…

My Conversion Journey

By Kylie Ora Lobell | December 17, 2020

I’m standing in front of the Jewish ritual bath, the mikvah, wearing only a white cotton robe and clear plastic…

The Gifts of Hands and Hope

By Mandy Broder | December 13, 2020

From a very early age, I loved anything that involved art. My father is very artistic and I would watch…