By Dalia Davis, UPROOTED: A Jewish Response to Infertility
This past month has been a time of birth. My venture began with its conception which occurred in the privacy of my own thoughts after trying for a few months. After the thrill of a successful conception and discovering a positive response in my email in the form of an acceptance letter from PresenTense, the gestation period began. During this time my vision for this venture grew and developed, and was impacted by the advice of those in my inner circle—my mentor, coach, colleagues, and cohort. However, after carrying this venture close to my heart for many months, it came time for my venture to enter the world. I realized I need to experience birthing pains and allow others to meet my venture, secretly hoping they will treat her with compassion and love. As I created my website and put my thoughts in the public domain I found myself experiencing both excitement and anxiousness wondering how my venture will fair in the world.
While she was coming into the world I found myself rethinking the name I had picked out for her months ago--The Akara Project. I realized that I wanted her name to be universally understood and to express her essence in a deep and resonant way. So, I named her UPROOTED: A Jewish Response to Infertility. Her name conveys the meaning of the root of the word Akara—one who is barren—while also expressing the emotional state of couples struggling with infertility who may feel uprooted from their family, their community, and their world.
As I now enter the stage of caring for my newborn venture, I am seeking presents. Not onesies, toys, or board books, but rather, personal stories. To help UPROOTED develop into a project that includes the perspectives of a wide range of individuals who struggle with fertility, I am in the process of collecting personal fertility narratives. These stories can recall a past struggle that ended with a child, current struggles that are as of yet unresolved, recollections of a story that does not end with parenthood, or any other thoughts one wishes to share on this topic. Both men and women are invited to share their thoughts. All stories can be shared anonymously on UPROOTED’s website: www.WeAreUprooted.com.
I am greatly enjoying this new experience of motherhood, and can’t wait to see what my little UPROOTED does next!
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