I am infertile. I have infertility. I am struggling with infertility. There, I’ve said it. It’s out there now.
I can’t hide it, nor can I hide from it. After all, I’m a maternal-fetal medicine specialist who delivers babies and takes care of pregnant women. I’m who many of my friends turn to as soon as they get that positive pregnancy test.
I’ve been going through infertility treatments for two years now, but no one has really held back from telling me they’re pregnant, asking pregnancy advice, or inviting me to pregnancy-related events.
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Shannon M. Clark, MD, MMS is a double board certified ObGyn and Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist, and founder of Babies After 35. In her roles as a clinician, educator and researcher at UTMB-Galveston, she focuses on the care of people with maternal and/or fetal complications of pregnancy. Dr. Clark has taken a special interest in pregnancy after the age of 35, which according to age alone, is considered a high-risk pregnancy. In her role as a physician caring for high-risk pregnancies, she has counseled and treated hundreds of women over the years in her very own situation, and has found a whole new respect for the challenges and complications a woman may experience when trying to have a baby later in life.
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