Rachel Lehmann-Haupt is one of the nation’s top experts on the future of family life, career timing, and the influence of science and technology on fertility and pregnancy. As the author of In Her Own Sweet Time: Egg Freezing and the New Frontiers of Family (Basic Books, 2009 and Nothing But the Truth, 2015) she has influenced and been an inspiration to thousands of women who are searching for the best ways to balance their desires for a successful career, a good relationship, and children. Her articles on the topic have been featured everywhere from the New York Times to Babble.com. She has been profiled by The Chicago Tribune for her practical and brave choice to freeze her eggs; she has appeared on NPR and Good Morning America speaking on the topic, and has been quoted on the front page of the New York Times.
Lehmann-Haupt knows this topic because she is living it. In 2012, she gave birth to her son, Alexander, who she conceived via donor insemination, as a single mom by choice, or “a DIY mom,” a phrase that she coined.
The ART and Science of Family, her latest venture, evolved out of her book. It’s a growing newsletter and media platform that leads the conversation about the changing landscape of modern reproduction and family in the 21st century. Stories raise awareness about the next wave of technologies, trends, and ideas that are shaping and supporting the way we conceive and raise our children in today’s modern families – everything from advances in reproductive science to genetic testing. The goal is to connect companies, researchers, doctors and consumers in the fertility industry and start to build a future road map of the most pressing social issues and bioethical challenges we face in human reproduction.
Fertility Workshop: Why I Froze my Eggs: The Pill of the Technology Generation
Rachel will lead a fertility workshop at your organization, company or school. Maybe your organization or company just began offering fertility benefits and your employees want to know more. In this modern age, planning your life course is a tricky balancing act between career and family that often involves re-planning. In an intimate brown bag lunch style conversation, Rachel will share her personal fertility story based on her book, In Her Own Sweet Time: Egg Freezing and the New Frontiers of Family. She can describe the experience of freezing her eggs and explain the pros and cons of this choice and the cultural stir it has created. She will also speak to the new array of choices that advances in reproductive science are making available from fertility testing to genetic testing.