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A Little Thought…

DATE : October 10, 2020 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

It’s weird. Being pregnant. Being on the ” other side of infertility,” but still not being normal. I struggle with the same feelings I did before. I hate what my body has put me though. I hate that I still feel sad when someone else got pregnant so easily. I still cry at gender reveals […]

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October President’s Letter

DATE : October 3, 2020 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

The air turns crisp, leaves begin to change color, and people everywhere are obsessed with pumpkin spice. While we throw on our flannel and knee high boots, look for fun Halloween activities that are worthy of our adulting status, 1 in 4 women are secretly hurting….secretly remembering their pregnancy loss. Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness […]

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Male Factor Infertility: One Man’s Perspective~By Leah and Stephen

DATE : September 28, 2020 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

In the United States, 1 in 8 people will experience infertility. Within this group approximately 1/3 of cases are male factor infertility. There are numerous kinds of male factor infertility with different causes and treatment options. One patient, Stephen R. has come to Conceive Nebraska to provide some personal insight. In 2016 Stephen was diagnosed […]

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Fall Fiesta Update

DATE : September 18, 2020 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

It has been quite the year for fundraising as a non-profit. We’ve had to reimagine our Walk of Hope and Fall Fundraiser and boy, did our board volunteers rise to the occasion! We cannot thank our community enough for showing up-virtually of course-for our Fiesta Fundraiser earlier this month. We had a fun night playing […]

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September’s President’s Letter~Kassandra Mayo

DATE : September 9, 2020 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Imagine this, another visibly pregnant woman with a young girl holding her hand. They are laughing and enjoying their time walking along the park path. The woman stops, puts her hand on her belly and smiles a wistful smile. Your eyes connect and immediately you are filled with anger, a deep sadness, and a twinge […]

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Infertility….the Second Time Around~by CN Board Member Julie Richt

DATE : August 27, 2020 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

If you have dealt with infertility or going through it now, you understand the fear, pain, and distress that comes during that uncertain time.  I want to be upfront with all of the readers when writing about secondary or second time infertility struggles.  I have been torn in how I should write about this topic […]

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August’s President’s Letter

DATE : August 12, 2020 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Conceive Nebraska is growing and we need your help! This coming November is a BIG month for voters and for our board as well. We are in need of a few individuals who would like to volunteer for the Conceive Nebraska board. It’s a year long commitment where you engage in the going on’s of […]

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My Rainbow Baby and the Potential of a Genetic Disorder~A Mama’s Thoughts

DATE : July 17, 2020 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Every pregnancy has this beautiful beginning. Those moments after those two lines pop up is perfection. A perfect life. A perfect family. A perfect Baby. Recently, our genetic tests came back for a high possibility for a congenital disorder. I was blown away. But this is my rainbow baby! My rainbow babies always come back […]

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July’s Presidents Letter

DATE : July 1, 2020 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

It’s been a crazy couple of months and through it all, I have come to value community. The people who create a safe place for me to live, work, and play while being my authentic self. One of the communities that I have come to appreciate is my “infertility crew.” The people who know what […]

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Sometimes, Treatments Fail~ By Leah O.

DATE : June 8, 2020 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : 2 Comments

Writing this post today I find myself surrounded by a half dozen cats and dogs, my Starbucks cups dripping with condensation. Outside of the occasional bark or meow my home is quiet. I suppose for many this would be a peaceful place – but often it feels like a dark reminder of the holes within […]

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June’s President’s Letter

DATE : June 6, 2020 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

This month, I’m reflecting on how everyone’s story matters. If you’re beginning you’re “infertility journey” or 12 years deep, how you feel and what you have to say about your experience should be valued and heard. Which is why this month, I would like for us to encourage the men in our lives to share […]

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Infertility: A Grandparents Story~by Linda McDowall

DATE : May 22, 2020 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

I am a grandma of infertility; I am my daughter’s mom. I have watched my daughter and son-in-law try to have a little one. For years I watched as my own daughter arms ached to hold one of her own. I seen her each Mother’s Day so desperately wanting to be called “mom.” I watched […]

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Omaha Gives!

DATE : May 18, 2020 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

“Omaha Gives! is a year-round online giving platform organized by the Omaha Community Foundation to grow philanthropy in our community. The goal of Omaha Gives! is to inspire our community to come together for 24-hours to give as much as possible to support the work of public 501(c)(3) nonprofits in the metro area. Since 2013, Omaha Gives! has […]

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May President’s Letter

DATE : May 8, 2020 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

May 1st came and went and here we are 8 days in. Time is blur as I’m still trying to figure out a “new normal.” However, the calendar doesn’t stop and the days keep ticking off. Imagine my surprise when I realized that this weekend is Mother’s Day! Between my husband and I, we have […]

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Walk of HOPE

DATE : April 28, 2020 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

We raised over $1,300 and had 76 participants for our first ever VIRTUAL walk!!! Wow you guys rocked it! We thank all of you for participating and would like to give a huge thanks to our Sponsors. Their sponsorship helps us continue the Conceive Nebraska mission further. Methodist Reproductive Health Specialist: https://www.bestcare.org/womens-hospital/services/reproductive-health/ Heartland Center For […]

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National Infertility Awareness Week

DATE : April 17, 2020 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : One Comment

This week kicks off the National Week of Infertility Awareness. What does this mean? It’s a chance for those of us who struggle with infertility to help change the conversations going on about the trials associated with trying to conceive. It’s an opportunity to shed light on a taboo subject that millions of individuals are […]

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Dealing with Infertility as a Stepparent~By Lydia Loewenstein

DATE : April 11, 2020 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Let me first start off with saying that you are all amazing, strong and wonderful women. And you should NEVER feel guilty for wanting a child of your own flesh & blood. Being a stepparent and co-parenting is already a challenge without adding the extra stress and enormous bag of mixed emotions to the infertility […]

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2020 Walk of HOPE

DATE : April 2, 2020 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

As many people and organizations try to navigate this “new” temporary normal, Conceive Nebraska is doing the same.  Conceive Nebraska’s mission is to support individuals and couples facing fertility challenges in the greater Omaha area by increasing and improving educational resources and to raise awareness by changing the conversation surrounding infertility.  With our mission in mind and […]

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Knowing When Your Done

DATE : March 16, 2020 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

How do you deal with infertility when you are no longer trying to conceive? I have always wanted a minimum of three kids. This was something my husband and I both agreed on long before we were even married. Here I am now with two perfect children. I know I have more than many others who are […]

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March’s President’s Letter

DATE : March 2, 2020 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : One Comment

Sitting in the fertility clinic waiting to hear my name get called for what seemed like the hundredth time in our 12 years of TTC, I noticed the waiting room to be a little more crowded than normal. Couples clasping hands, guys shaking their legs so hard they look like their gonna take off, individuals […]

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From a Friends Point of View

DATE : February 13, 2020 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

One of my best friends has tried to have babies with her husband since they married many years ago.  They were never able to conceive.  She has considered adoption – and would love to adopt. But I know her heart is set on creating her own life.  I understand this feeling as I feel the […]

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February’s President’s Letter

DATE : January 31, 2020 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

While most tend to put an emphasis on flattering their significant others with chocolates, flowers and love letters around the middle of the month, I wonder what it would be like if we celebrated every day of the month with just as much enthusiasm. Most of us would fess up and say that our relationships […]

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How We Came To Choose Donor Egg Path

DATE : January 26, 2020 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

by Anonymous Contributor When I found out my best egg from IVF was missing chromosome #2, I realized I didn’t want to throw more good money at more potentially bad eggs. Months later, that sentence still raises grief. But I knew then the practical decision on a financial and emotional level was to get a […]

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(Re)productive Journey

DATE : January 19, 2020 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

by Anonymous Contributor If you are starting out on the assisted reproductive journey, I want to tell you what I didn’t know when I started: gather the troops. Be ready to say the words “I need.” Also, this reproductive journey may not be as smooth and quick as you may hope and expect. Try to […]

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January’s Presidents Letter

DATE : January 5, 2020 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Were you one of the many that was glad to see 2019 go? As I look back at what Conceive Nebraska achieved, the work we did, and the relationships we made in 2019, I can’t help but be thankful and excited at what’s to come! So thankful, that as I look to 2020, I envision […]

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~The Year of Hope~

DATE : January 1, 2020 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Every year we mutter, “where did the time go?” and we take a minute to ponder how we spent the last 365 days. I’ll be honest, when I look back at this last year, I find myself exhaling a HUGE sigh of relief. So many things changed and yet stayed the same. One thing that […]

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December Presidents Letter

DATE : December 5, 2019 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

As I reflect on my first year as president, I can’t help but feel grateful for all of you. Without you, Conceive Nebraska couldn’t exist!  Whether you donated to the cause, were one of the 300 individuals who personally attended one of our events, volunteered on our board, started a conversation in one of our […]

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Holiday Time While Trying to Conceive ~by Heather Hochstetler

DATE : November 26, 2019 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

This is the time of year that we are all “merry and bright”! At least that is how it feels, right? Everyone is running around shopping, or paying it forward in the coffee lines. But when you are trying to conceive and have been for a while this time of year can be downright painful. […]

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Our Adoption Story

DATE : November 19, 2019 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

~By Amber Owens Failure after failure is what describes the last 4 years of our lives. My husband and I started trying to have a baby a year after our marriage. Nine months went by and still no baby. I am impatient and went to my doctor. This is a time when my impatience was […]

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National Adoption Month-Our Open Adoption Story

DATE : November 8, 2019 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Infertility treatments, miscarriage, foster care, failed adoption, open adoption. All of these things have been apart of my life that last 12 years. I had always wanted to be a mother and when I finally met the man of my dreams we started trying a year after marriage. After a missed period and negative tests […]

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November Presidents Letter

DATE : November 1, 2019 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

November is here which means, the holidays are upon us. So many who are TTC (trying to conceive) find themselves dreading this time of year. Yet, here I am trying to find some encouraging word to share with you and remind you that even though the leaves change color and fall to the ground, we […]

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Pregnancy/Infant Loss Awareness Month

DATE : October 30, 2019 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

As we end National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month, we want to acknowledge and honor those who are grieving and offer our support. Statistics tell us that 1 in 4 pregnancies end in loss so chances are, you know someone if you haven’t experienced it yourself. While talking about it is still considered taboo, […]

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October’s President’s Letter

DATE : October 2, 2019 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Last month, the Conceive Nebraska board held a tailgate fundraiser at Kros Strain Brewing to celebrate another awesome year and raise funds for upcoming projects. 70 individuals came together to cheer on the Huskers, chow on BBQ, and support the on-going work Conceive Nebraska provides to our community. We are so thankful for our underwriter: […]

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Date Nights On A Budget

DATE : September 22, 2019 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Written by CN Secretary~Megan Dalton-Gifford During your infertility journey you begin to feel alone, frustrated and even separated from your significant other. Spending time together either intimate or not can begin to feel like a chore. You may begin to feel disconnected and that you are on a schedule for everything. With all of this […]

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Life with PCOS~By Megan Gifford

DATE : September 4, 2019 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : 3 Comments

Missed periods, mood swings, strange cravings, unexplained weight gain… No I am not pregnant, I have PCOS. What is PCOS you may ask, well it is polycystic ovary syndrome. It is one of the leading causes of infertility in women 18-44 years old. It is a hormonal imbalance caused by an excess amount of male […]

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Exciting News For You!

DATE : August 22, 2019 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

We at Conceive Nebraska work hard to find you free to low-cost resources to help you on your journey through infertility. We understand the costs that come with infertility due to appointments every day, treatments, medications overnighted, and the procedures that it all requires. We also understand the emotional and mental toll it takes on […]

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August President’s Letter

DATE : August 4, 2019 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

When going through the infertility journey, it’s hard to not curl up within our emotions and hide the truth from the world around us. It’s totally normal to want to be private with this specific topic and as we have learned from generations past, it’s just too difficult to talk about. But is it? Conceive […]

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What I Wish I Had Known….by Julie Richt

DATE : July 27, 2019 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

The journey of infertility – what I would have wanted to know.  This blog is not necessarily here to provide you concrete “facts” about infertility, but rather, my truths.  If I could go back and do things differently, would I?  The answer to that question, is absolutely YES!  Infertility got the best of me for […]

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Infertility After Kids

DATE : July 16, 2019 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

by Sheena Stafford The truth is…I look normal. Husband. 3 kids. 2 dogs. Cozy apt. Nice car. Strikingly Normal. Then, theres the ugly truth. The stuff that no one can see. The invisible reason my life changed. INFERTILITY. It’s silent and hidden. I find myself screaming from tall buildings ” Im infertile” I’ve had a […]

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The ABC’s of Infertility: Here’s How People are Getting Pregnant in 2019

DATE : July 8, 2019 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

ABC News' Dr. Ashton shares the latest technology helping women get pregnant.http:// http://ABC News' Dr. Ashton shares the latest technology helping women get pregnant.
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July’s President Letter

DATE : July 6, 2019 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

July is sizzling with opportunities for Conceive Nebraska. With such a festive start to the month, we decided to keep the party rolling with several events for you and your significant other to partake in this summer. We know that finances can be tight when you’re trying to conceive so, we do our best to […]

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Welcome

DATE : January 29, 2019 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Do you or someone you know suffers from infertility? While infertility knows no bounds, we are a volunteer non-profit located in Nebraska. Our goal is to provide resources, events, and encouragement as you navigate your journey. Thanks for visiting us and we would love to hear from you!

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My Rainbow Baby and the Potential of a Genetic Disorder~A Mama’s Thoughts

DATE : July 17, 2020 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Every pregnancy has this beautiful beginning. Those moments after those two lines pop up is perfection. A perfect life. A perfect family. A perfect Baby. Recently, our genetic tests came back for a high possibility for a congenital disorder. I was blown away. But this is my rainbow baby! My rainbow babies always come back […]

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