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Lesley helps couples who are struggling with infertility to find their happy endings.

Contact Lesley when you are working on a story about:

1.   Miscarriage
2.   Tubal pregnancy
3.   How to grieve a pregnancy loss
4.   Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART)
5.   Intrauterine insemination (IUI) and In vitro fertilization (IVF)
6.   Adoption
7.   Surrogacy
8.   Sperm and Egg Donors
9.   Childfree Living
10. Holistic fertility treatments

Topics Lesley Speaks About:

1.   Signs and symptoms of infertility
2.   Signs of a miscarriage and how to survive it
3.   Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART): What you need to know
4.   Sixteen important questions to ask a fertility specialist
5.   When should I consider adoption? Private Adoption vs. Open Adoptions
6.   How do I choose a surrogate and where can I find one?
7.   What does it mean to use a sperm and/or egg donors?
8.   Is childfree living an alternative for me? What are the benefits of it?
9.   How do I cope with grief after my pregnancy loss?
10. Does meditation, guided imagery and prayer really help fertility?

Infertility Journeys, Finding Your Happy Ending tells the family-building journeys of eighteen couples who struggle with infertility and how they find their happy endings.  This book offers encouragement, inspiration and hope to women and men, helping them navigate their family-building journeys.

Getting pregnant and carrying a baby to full term is not easy.  Each year in the United States 2,000,000 pregnancies end in loss.  There are 7,300,000 women ages 15-44 who experience fertility problems.  The high number of ectopic pregnancies, miscarriages and stillbirths occurring each year remind us that things don’t always work out.

“Written with self-awareness, honesty, humor and compassion, Infertility Journeys, Finding Your Happy Ending weaves the stories of women and men together with a wealth of information about the medical and psychological processes that patients experience. The book provides not only vivid descriptions of the experience, but important coping tools as well.  It truly provides hope for all people experiencing infertility.”
– Martha Diamond, M.D., co-founder of the Center for Reproductive Psychology in San Diego and co-author of Unsung Lullabies, Understanding and Coping with Infertility

When you or a loved one has been diagnosed with infertility, this book offers a source of encouragement, inspiration, and hope.  Infertility Journeys, Finding Your Happy Ending helps you to process unmet expectations and enables you to navigate your family-building options.

Overflowing with ideas and suggestions, Infertility Journeys offers:

Stories of 18 couples who have experienced various forms of infertility and outcomes
Potential family-building options such as fertility treatments, third-party options such as egg donors or surrogates, adoption, or childfree living
Sixteen essential questions to ask a fertility specialist
Highlights specific to a man’s experience
Positive guidance through the grieving process
Explanations of holistic fertility treatments
Suggestions to family and friends of couples struggling with infertility

Infertility Journeys, Finding Your Happy Ending encourages women and men that whatever decisions they make can be right for them.  Each individual and every couple has different goals and limits.  This book is for anyone who has been affected by pregnancy loss or infertility, including family and friends of couples who struggle.

Pregnancy Statistics & Resources:

  • 1 in 8 couples of childbearing age struggle with infertility
  • 2 million pregnancies end in loss each year in the U.S.
  • 7.3 million women ages 15-44 experience fertility problems each year
  • Every year in the United States there are approximately 2 million women who experience pregnancy loss:
  • 600,000 women experience pregnancy loss through miscarriage – 30%
  • 1,200,000 women experience pregnancy loss through termination – 60%
  • 64,000 women experience pregnancy loss through ectopic pregnancy – 3%
  • 6,000 women experience pregnancy loss through molar pregnancies – .3%
  • 26,000 women experience pregnancy loss through stillbirth – 1.3%

Source:  American Pregnancy Association,


Mourning a Pregnancy Loss: Steps to Help Move You
Through the Grief Process

by Lesley Vance

Click the magazine cover to read Lesley’s article on pregnancy loss.