WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2013/2014

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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VERONIKA MARKOVA / DREAMSTIME.COM fitness & health "science can help the body complete a process" "We make an exhaustive effort to make sure we have the diagnosis … [that] we have all the data points," Ashby said. She works with a team of doctors to review each case and then collaborates with the patient about next steps, be it further IVF cycles, various ART procedures, or other avenues for building a family. "What I tell my patients is that there's not a clear decision tree, that there are many other options such as adoption, egg donations, surrogacy… it's a dialog over time," she said. We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 3 / 2 0 1 4 Ashby helps patients understand that infertility is a medical condition first and foremost. "It is not a sign that they are not meant to be parents," she said, or are somehow being punished for behaviors such as voluntarily having terminated a pregnancy in the past. 154

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