Infertility: The Child Who Might Have Been


National Infertility Awareness Week begins today. It’s been 30 years since I performed the first in-vitro fertilization in Massachusetts, one of the first in the country. I wrote this poem then as a tribute to infertility patients and the invisible loss they experience.


Infertility: The Child Who Might Have Been


The simple union of man and wife

In love creates a brand new life

A child to cherish, play with and be

Their link with immortality

What bliss and joy they anticipate

Unless infertility becomes their fate

And buries dreams which die within

As they mourn their child who might have been

© Mache Seibel, MD

Have you had infertility or know someone who has? Share this poem and post a comment below. Are you planning a pregnancy? You will enjoy this interactive planner and journal called Journal Babies. It provides tips on how to improve your chances for getting pregnant, what to expect during your pregnancy, questions to ask your doctor and afterwards, a keepsake of your experience.


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