Since 2008, Rachel has written hundreds of articles on just about every facet of living with infertility, from the concerned-but-unsure stage, to navigating treatment options, to coping with the daily stress.
In 2014, Rachel received The Hope Award for Achievement, from Resolve: The National Association for Infertility. The award is given to "an individual and/or organization/corporation whose accomplishments are worthy and whose actions are socially commendable which result in a material contribution to the lives of those diagnosed with infertility."
Rachel’s personal experience with infertility began in 2003 with a series of three miscarriages and a diagnosis of secondary infertility. It would be seven years before her story would get its happy ending, with the birth of her twins in 2010.
Rachel remembers vividly her concerns when struggling with infertility, and she uses those experiences to write compassionate articles that both answer practical questions and offer support.
A professional member of the Association of Health Care Journalists, Rachel has been writing about women’s health since 2001. She is a coauthor of Birth Plans for Dummies (Wiley, 2012) and the author of The Doula Advantage: Your Complete Guide to Having an Empowered and Positive Birth with the Help of a Professional Childbirth Assistant (Three Rivers Press, 2003) and FabJob Guide to Become a Doula (FabJob, 2009).
The Doula Advantage received several endorsements, most notably from "America's Pediatrician" Dr. William Sears, and is also listed as recommended reading by the American Pregnancy Association. Both of Rachel's doula books are included on required and suggested reading lists for doula certification programs across the country.
Learn more about Rachel's current and past work on her personal website: http://www.rachelgurevich.com/
Rachel has a bachelor's degree in pure mathematics, along with a minor in psychology, from the University of Pittsburgh.
"My husband and I always talked about having a family of five kids. When starting to try for a third child, I didn't expect any problems. My first two kids came easily, so I assumed things would be easy again.
In 2003, when my second son was just over a year, I got pregnant -- and then, quickly miscarried. We were upset, but reassured that miscarriages are common. Eventually, I got pregnant again, but seven weeks later, experienced a traumatic miscarriage.
Then, for reasons not understood, I stopped ovulating. After blood work, my doctor made a diagnosis of PCOS and told me I probably would not get pregnant on my own again
Our doctor recommended Clomid and progesterone supplements. I got pregnant (again!). But, it didn't stick. I miscarried for a third time.
Thankfully, this story has a happy ending. After six years of trying, we finally conceived with the help of gonadotropins, and 36 weeks and 6 days later, I gave birth to beautiful twins."