One in eight couples in the United States and Israel struggle to conceive.
Difficulty in conceiving is a trying situation for any couple. Infertility is often especially painful for Jewish couples, because of the mitzva of having children and the centrality of children in Jewish life. Struggles with fertility can raise emotional, halachic, marital, and medical issues.
Here we’ve pooled together a range of resources for couples facing fertility challenges and for those who seek to build awareness and sensitivity.
Counselors offer halachic guidance to women and couples experiencing fertility challenges. Click here to set up a free personal consultation, in person (in Israel) or online.
A TIME (A Torah Infertility Medium of Exchange) offers numerous programs for couples experiencing infertility or pregnancy loss, including a website, a magazine, a telephone help line, local support groups and educational events, a lending library for books and tapes, medical referrals and advocacy, adoption services, national conferences, summer programs and shabbatonim.
Chana offers emotional and practical support to Jewish couples in the U.K. who are experiencing primary or secondary infertility. Services include a confidential helpline, medical support and information, and counselling for individuals and couples.
Gefen Fertility (Keren Gefen) provides emotional and wellness support to fertility-challenged women in Israel. Their programs include Fertility Yoga, Mind-Body Workshops, CBT Workshops, Transfer with Tranquility – “Individual Therapy,” Hevruta Jewish Textual Learning and Support Workshops, and the Nishmat Yoatzot Halacha Fertility Counselors Program.
Merkaz Panim uses a multidisciplinary approach – including counseling, body empowerment, and therapeutic massage – to provide emotional and physical support to women and couples experiencing fertility challenges or pregnancy loss. Located in Israel, the center also offers information and referrals to professionals in relevant fields.
PUAH offers counseling, guidance and assistance to couples with gynecological and fertility problems worldwide. They also provide full halachic supervision in hospitals and fertility laboratories for couples undergoing fertility treatments, and offer a variety of courses, seminars, study tours, and lectures.
Tefilat Chana provides support for Jewish couples in Australia who are experiencing infertility, reproductive health issues or pregnancy loss, as well as an online Ask! service.
Yesh Tikva strives to serve the emotional and physical needs of Jewish couples struggling with infertility and aims to increase awareness, empathy and sensitivity from within the community at large. Halachic guidance is available through Yesh Tikvah from two Yoatzot Halacha – Dr. Penina Dienstag and Dalia Shulman – and rabbinic consultation from Rabbi Kenneth Auman, Dean of Nishmat’s U.S. Yoatzot Halacha Fellows Program, and Rabbi Gedalyah Berger, Senior Lecturer for Nishmat’s U.S. Yoatzot Halacha Fellows Program.
Zir Chemed is a halachic fertility clinic offering a holistic approach that combines counseling, emotional support and technical expertise. The clinic is located in Israel, but consultations and assistance are also available elsewhere.