Turning Darkness Into Light:
Giving Back through Jewish Fertility Foundation
“It was the darkest time in my life,” Vicki Benjamin remembers about her five-year long struggle with infertility in the 1980’s. “All around me everyone was having babies, and we couldn’t become pregnant. What was wrong with us? Both my mother and my sister became pregnant on their honeymoons! I couldn’t even talk to them about it.”
Infertility, defined as an inability to achieve healthy pregnancy after one year of trying — or six months for women over 35 — is a medical problem most often battled in silence. Once a diagnosis is made, couples cope with a very personal kind of pain. Stories of loneliness, shame, envy, and depression abound. “I was happy for my friends with children, but for a long time, I couldn’t go to birthday parties, baby namings, and brises. The pain ran so deep. Many marriages don’t survive it.”
Now, nearly 30 years after her own dark days of infertility, Vicki Benjamin is the mother of two young adults, Elyse and Erik. She is proud to serve on the board of the Jewish Fertility Foundation and generously supports the organization through her donor-advised fund at Atlanta Jewish Foundation.