Infertility: A Poem For National Infertility Awareness Week

This week is National Infertility Awareness Week. It’s hard to believe it has been 30 years since I performed the first in-vitro fertilization in Massachusetts, the third in the country. I wrote this poem then as a tribute to infertility patients and the invisible loss they experience.


The simple union of man and wife
In love creates a brand new life
A child to cherish, play with and be
Their link with immortality

What bliss and joy they anticipate
Unless infertility becomes their fate
And buries dreams which die within
As they mourn their child who might have been

© Mache Seibel, MD