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Episode 14: Making a Family

“I think people need to talk about how families are created and there’s so many different ways, and there’s more every day. And it’s not easy and it’s not a given.” In this month’s episode, we tell the story of a Jewish couple who struggled with infertility for years, then decided to hire a surrogate to deliver their children. They talk about the emotional trials of infertility, what it was like to be part of a family-centered Jewish community while they struggled to have children, and the surreal experience of watching another woman give birth to their babies. This moving episode hopes to honor and create conversation around non-traditional family making, as well as to remind potential parents who are having trouble conceiving that they’re not alone.

Also in our series on infertility in the Jewish community: TRYmester: Lifting the Silence on Infertility.

Released May 11, 2017
  • Newborn twins' feet. The babies were born to a childless couple with the help of a gestational surrogate, as chronicled in Can We Talk episode 14, "Making a Family."

  • Newborn Baby Feet

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Episode 14: Making a Family." (Viewed on December 11, 2023) <https://jwa.org/podcasts/canwetalk/making-a-family>.


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