Host: Victoria Hopewell
Eight babies are born in the U.S. every single minute. Conception, gestation and birth would seem the most natural things in the world, but not for the 7.3 million infertile Americans. Infertility is an existential slap in the face. In Search of Fertility covers all aspects of infertility and the attendant highs and lows. You’ll hear from infertile men and women and their doctors and counselors, donors and surrogates. In Search of Fertility gives a voice to the all too often silent, hidden world of infertility.
In Search of Fertility with Victoria Hopewell
Victoria Hopewell is the pen name of a Ph.D. clinical psychologist whose experiences with infertility have brought her to the forefront of this thought-provoking topic. While she’s counseled some of the over 7 million infertile people in the United States, it was her own story that gave birth to her book Grade A Baby Eggs: An Infertility Memoir. Her memoir is a National Indie Excellence Book Awards winner, Book of the Year Awards finalist for ForeWord Reviews and Next Generation Indie Book Awards finalist all in the category of women’s issues.
After remarrying later in life, she was intent on having a child with her new husband—a once confirmed-bachelor, the last in a long line of descendants of an illustrious Jewish scholar. With old eggs and a fresh desire, Victoria underwent every procedure from Lupron shots through egg harvesting and in vitro fertilization (IVF), journeying toward the acceptance of using a donor egg. Placed on a lengthy waitlist, Victoria and her husband embarked on a surrealistic egg hunt to find their own donor.
Following her undergraduate degree and a doctorate in clinical psychology, Victoria completed her internship in the psychiatry department of Harvard Medical School. She has been an instructor in psychology at the medical schools of Harvard and Cornell, and her research has been published in medical journals. Currently, she has a private practice in New York. Most importantly, Victoria Hopewell has herself battled infertility.