After watching several friends go through struggles with infertility, my husband and I unfortunately had to jump on the ride ourselves. I decided to start a page that could offer some hope to this community of couples by chronicling our experiences in a way that would provide humor, education, and insight for both women AND men. But after a while, I realized that real hope is believing that the infertility ride will stop and that you will be able to get on the wonderful roller coaster of parenting. So I decided to change this blog to be about all of life’s little IFs, because it’s about hope and the determination to move on to the next step. And once you’re there, there are still questions, uncertainties, fears, and joys. It is my intention to make this blog into a welcoming community for anyone on any part of the ride, and for those that are in those first dark days to know that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

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About The IF Factor Contributors

Jenna Caputo – Owner and head writer at Silverpen Productions, LLC.

Jenna is a mom with extensive background teaching in daycare and preschool centers, as well as experience in the K-12 arena. She graduated with a degree in writing from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, studying with some of the country’s top award-winning teachers, including Pulitzer Prize winner, Steven Millhauser. Jenna has a varied background that allows her great flexibility in her writing. With experience in Creative Writing with works of fiction, children’s stories, and screenplays, Jenna also has enjoyed publishing articles and creating effective copy for businesses. Her experience in health, fitness, and wellness has allowed her to specialize in writing for these fields for both businesses and publications. For more information on Jenna, visit www.silverpenproductions.com/jenna.

Adam Berg – Contributor

Adam earned a BA in Philosophy from Skidmore College, where he also worked in the preschool. Before the preschool, he worked at an 8 week sleep-away camp, climbing the ladder from Leadership Trainee, to Bunk Counselor, to Group Leader, and he counseled children from the ages of 7-15. Currently, he is a writer of both children’s stories, adult fiction, and poetry, and you can see some of his work on his blog at www.peacelovebergie.wordpress.com, or you can read his short stories in literary magazines such as Blunderbuss Magazine.

Jean-Ann KublerContributor

Jean-Ann graduated as a Government major at Skidmore College, where she also served as Head Tutor at the Skidmore Writing Center. Her professional writing experience is primarily journalistic and political in nature; she served as an editor for the Skidmore News for two years, has been published by the progressive political blog Next New Deal, and has written extensively on youth civic engagement for the Roosevelt Institute. She is also interested in creative writing and pursued a minor in English with a concentration on personal narratives and lyric essays. Jean-Ann hopes to pursue a career in educational policy with the specific aim of improving both the quality and quantity of writing instruction in public schools.

Avery StempelContributor

Avery is a psycho-spiritual philosopher poet and member of the Albany Poets from upstate New York. He has been turning everyday experience, cosmic insight and philosophic questioning into lyrical portraits and sharing them in the Albany area for over 15 years.