“‘Do you believe in an afterlife?’ the [fertility specialist] asks”

Zahie El Kouri’s new Brain, Child piece–”Adventures in Fertility and Mortality“–is well worth a read. An excerpt:

It’s not that I think my vagina is anything special, or that I don’t appreciate the square of paper or the fact that my doctor will spend the extra ten minutes talking to me about my IVF cycle or inquiring as to my state of mind and grieving process. I respect the Swedish position on nudity and the time-honored tradition of skinny-dipping. It’s just that I miss the days when the only naked conversations I had about the afterlife were with my husband. I am tired of being physically and emotionally exposed. I don’t know how to talk about my feelings about death while trying to create new life.

Also, here are two pieces from earlier this year that I forgot to share (oops):

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