I’m Not Broken: My Infertility Journey

Pregnancy test kit on a wooden desk

Written by: Avery Astrid Rao of The Woke Doula and Bluegrass Doulas Affiliated Doula In the drawer next to my bed, there are 28 pregnancy tests. They all come in different sizes and colors. Most have the same result, one lonely bright line. Others have a bit of a different result, extremely light – nearly a ghost – lines. These are … Read More

10 Things Learned Through Infertility

pregnancy, fertility, maternity and people concept - close up of sad unhappy woman looking at home pregnancy test

Written by: Avery Astrid Rao of The Woke Doula and Bluegrass Doulas Affiliated Doula 1 in 8 couples in the United States are struggling to build a family. These couples are from all backgrounds, races, and sexual orientations. Infertility simply does not discriminate. It silently creeps into people’s lives and takes shelter. Infertility is often a silent struggle filled with many … Read More

I Am: One in Four

I am 1 in 4

April 28, 2008 May 17, 2013 April 13, 2014 These are the dates that I gave birth to 3 of my children.  Three children that never made it to term, never took their first breath, their first cry, their first steps. These were the three babies I miscarried.  Three children others don’t talk about and likely may not remember. But … Read More