Motherhood

All The Things I Can & Cannot Remember

By Sarah Raanan | July 5, 2022

This Story Contains: Pregnancy Loss, Pregnancy Termination, Grief This essay was written and workshopped in The Layers Writing & Publishing…

Remembering My Baby

By Perel Hecht | April 12, 2022

“My baby died.” I bite my lip. This isn’t the place, I remind myself. This is a stranger. This is…

Memory: The Present, the Elusive, the Good, and the Bad

By Rona Novick | March 28, 2022

Facebook reminds me of a photo from 7 years ago, the moment I became a grandmother. My mother reminds me…

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.…

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…

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…

Surviving & Thriving After Emergency Hysterectomy

By Anonymous | December 8, 2020

It has been four years since I was wheeled into the operating room not knowing whether I was to come…

How Far I’ve Come

By Jessica Koenigsberg | October 27, 2020

Twenty years ago today, I was in Israel in seminary for about twelve days when right before Rosh Hashana, my…