One Couple’s Journey Through Infertility Helps Others Understand Options and Cope with Feelings of Isolation, Shame and Stigma During National Infertility Awareness Week

Noah Moskin and Maya Grobel share story of infertility in One More
Shot documentary

Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology
reports that more than
eight million babies have been born through in vitro fertilization (IVF)
since the birth of Louise Brown, the world’s first “test-tube baby” in

Each of these couples has a story to tell, as approximately 12% of
married women have trouble getting pregnant or sustaining a pregnancy.
Noah Moskin and Maya Grobel are one of those couples. And they share the
intimate details of their tumultuous journey to parenthood in a
self-made feature length documentary film, One
More Shot
. The film has been seen in more than 40 countries and
maintains a Facebook
with more than 2,500 followers, a two-time RESOLVE Hope
Award-nominated blog,
and a Google hit count of about 22,000. One More Shot can be
accessed via Netflix, iTunes, Vimeo On Demand, Vudu, and Amazon.

“We hope that our story can normalize the different ways a family can be
created and decrease the feelings of isolation, shame or stigma often
associated with infertility,” says Maya. “After years of going through
cycles of hope and disappointment with each new effort to become
pregnant, we finally succeeded through embryo donation, in which a
remaining frozen embryo produced by another couple during their IVF
process years earlier was donated to us. Our mission through this film
is to show what infertility really looks like behind closed doors and
instill hope in the multiple paths to parenthood.”

defines infertility as not being able to conceive after one year or
longer of unprotected sex. Because fertility in women is known to
decline steadily with age, some reproductive health professionals
evaluate and treat women aged 35 years or older after six months of
trying. The reasons couples have trouble conceiving are many, and the
scientific research on this topic has continued unabated for decades.
Today, numerous options are available to couples.

Here are a few basic facts
about infertility from Resolve.org

  • A couple between the ages 29-33 with a normal functioning reproductive
    system has only a 20-25% chance of conceiving in any given month.
    After six months of trying, 60% of couples will conceive without
    medical assistance.
  • 7.4 million women, or 11.9% of women, have received infertility
    services in their lifetime.
  • Approximately one-third of infertility is attributed to the female
    partner, one-third attributed to the male partner, and one-third is
    caused by a combination of problems in both partners or is

“We relied on First
pregnancy test kits along our journey to inform us quickly
as to whether or not we had become pregnant,” adds Maya. “Couples who
are having difficulty should consult a reproductive health professional
as there’s a great deal of new reproductive science today, and many
solutions are available for TTC couples.”


Sara Schwarcz
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