The first mitzva in the Torah is to be fruitful and multiply but to some people, this is easier said than done. There are many couples for whom the dream of starting their family is a cause of anxiety and pain when things don't go as planned.
This week's guest, Dr. Bat-Sheva Maslow, MD works closely with couples facing difficulties in their journey to starting their families, with women looking to prolong fertility and, as an orthodox Jew and the Director of Medical Curriculum at Nishmat's Miriam Glaubach Center for North American Yoatzot Halacha, she works with halachic advisors and decision makers to look after, not just her patient's physical welfare, but their spiritual wellbeing as well.
If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues talked about in this episode, please find a (non-exhaustive) list of resources below.
Yesh Tikva - Free, professional psychological services and resources for those struggling with infertility.
ATIME - Providing personal guidance and support to couples experiencing fertility.
Bonei Olam - Providing means and resources to allow childless couples facing infertility the opportunity to pursue medical fertility treatment.
Chana (UK) - THe leading UK fertility support organization for the Jewish community providing emotional, practical, halachic, and financial assistance to couples facing challenges of infertility, baby loss, miscarriage, and any reproductive issues.
Puah (Israel) - Providing guidance, support, and resources to Jewish couples with their dreams of building a Jewish family.
Small Wonders (Canada) - A not- for-profit charitable organization whose mission is to provide emotional support, education, and financial assistance to Jewish couples experiencing infertility.
The Koren Podcast was written and hosted by Aryeh Grossman and Alex Drucker and is edited and produced by Alex Drucker. Artwork by Tani Bayer.
The Koren Podcast is part of the Koren Podcast Network, a division of Koren Publishers Jerusalem.
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