This piece was presented to mikveh attendants and rebbetzins at Atlanta’s Infertility Sensitivity Training run by the Jewish Fertility Foundation with the goal of helping them better empathize with women that come to immerse. This “empathy” exercise is one of many ways that The Eden Center helps is partnering to make the mikveh a more welcoming place for all women, with attendants that are well trained to serve women at all stages of life.
Imagine carefully preparing and then immersing in the mikveh, heading home feeling clean, renewed and hopeful. Imagine reuniting with your husband and praying that it will result in pregnancy. Imagine the disappointment you feel when you get your period and discover you are not pregnant. Imagine this- month after month after month for six months to a year. Imagine how much the pain and disappointment increase each month when you feel the menstrual blood trickling out, when you see the telltale stain on your underwear. Imagine how mikveh night becomes more and more fraught as your growing disappointment mingles with your waning hope. [Read more…]