WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2018

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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wellness vitality condition strengthen nutrition diet stamina fitness & health Infertility One woman's quest to help couples facing this widespread medical issue E L I Z A B E T H S U N E B Y writer at the proverbial water cooler, Lee Rubin Collins learned great news from a fel- low woman lawyer in the Boston office of the global law firm, Ropes & Gray. After bat- tling infertility, Lee's colleague was finally pregnant. It was during this happy exchange that Lee learned about RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, an organization that didn't cross her mind again for a couple of years — that is, until Lee and her husband, Jarrett Collins, were having difficulty con- ceiving their second child. Infertility is a pervasive medical issue. According to the Centers for Disease Control, one in eight couples, or twelve percent of married women, have trouble getting preg- nant or sustaining a pregnancy. And second- ary infertility, the type Lee and Jarrett experienced, when it's difficult to conceive a second child, is even more common than primary infertility. It took two years and five grueling cycles of in vitro fertilization (IVF) for Lee to get pregnant. After giving birth to her second child, Lee decided to give up her partnership at Ropes & Gray and dedicate herself to helping others when they faced trouble having a baby. Lee first joined the board of the New England chapter of RESOLVE, and one year later, the national board. "RESOLVE had changed my life; now it was my time to pay it forward," explains Lee of her decision to leave her corporate life to become an infertility coach. Among other RESOLVE and volunteer advocates like Lee are dedicated to ensuring that all people challenged in their family building journey reach resolution. C O U R T E S Y O F L E E R U B I N C O L L I N S 132 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 8

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