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NEXTGen Detroit and JCC’s Jbaby Present

Real Conversations about Reproduction: Navigating Infertility and IVF

  • Virtual Event
  • Tuesday, January 26th at 7:30 pm
  • Hannah Berger

January 26, 2021 @ 7:30 PM 8:30 PM

Many young adults struggle with reproductive issues, but all too often these challenges are deemed taboo or shameful and are kept private. NEXTGen Detroit and Jbaby invite you to join us for our second installment of this two-part series on reproduction issues as we start a conversation about infertility and IVF. Our goal is to bring people together and normalize these issues so that those facing challenges know what their options are and that they are not alone. Our infertility and IVF panel of experts and peers will share personal stories, resources and details about the IVF process and answer all of your questions.

Please note: While we want to normalize the conversation around reproductive issues, we also realize that this can be a sensitive topic. If you would like the option of attending anonymously, you are welcome to keep your camera off and/or change your name on Zoom.

This online event is intended for young adults ages 21 to 45.

Questions? Please contact Hannah at

Please register in advance by Monday, January 25.

More about our infertility and IVF panel of experts and peers:

Dr. Mike Mersol-Barg
Dr. Mike Mersol-Barg is the Medical and Laboratory Director of Michigan Reproductive Medicine. Having been through secondary infertility and miscarriages in his own life has added to the empathy he has for patients who have suffered the same. He will be sharing information about navigating the IVF process.

Brany Rosen
Brany Rosen will be representing A Time, an organization that is devoted to supporting Jewish childless couples through the medical and emotional problems associated with pregnancy loss and infertility. Brany will be sharing ideas and resources on how to support the people in our lives going through this struggle.

Rachael Gerstein, Event Co-Chair
Rachael Gerstein lives in Commerce, MI with her husband Jonathan, daughter Madison and goldendoodle Winston. She will be speaking about her personal experience with infertility, IVF and secondary infertility. She hopes that this panel and sharing her story will start to help normalize conversations about pregnancy issues and lessen the stigma.

Michelle Younger, Event Co-Chair
Michelle Younger grew up in Woodmere, NY. After attending law school at Fordham University, she lived and worked in New York for eight years before relocating to Michigan. She is currently a lawyer at Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss. Michelle lives with her husband and three children in Southfield. She will be moderating the panel.

Thank you to all the co-chairs for the Real Conversations about Reproduction series:
Ryan Warsh (NEXTGen Detroit), Michelle Younger (NEXTGen Detroit), Erica Wedes (Jbaby) and Rachael Gerstein (Jbaby)


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