Like many middle class educated professional women, I was unable to find a suitable mate. I spent my 30s pining for Mr Right, so I could get on with creating a family much like the one I grew up in. After some challenging relationships my 40th birthday marked a turning point in my search. I was no longer going to look for “him” I was going to create my own family. I had saved eggs already when I was 37 (thanks to a CBC radio program, Olive and the wisdom and support of my mom), so all that was left to do was to “shop” for my donor.


At this point, without trying I had met a delightful man and he was supportive of my chosen path of single motherhood. He was welcome to come along for the ride, but I was no longer on any man’s schedule. I had shed my desire to please another person in order to get the family I dreamed of. My life and my family was mine to create. It would take a special man to not be threatened or scared by this reality.


This September 2018 my embryo was implanted and I became pregnant. Over the 9 months that Arieh grew inside my belly, Philip and I also grew closer. He asked me to marry him this March and when Arieh was born his birth certificate has both our names. Arieh Gustav Grunberg-Ferreira was born May 29th at 11:33AM. This summer I will marry my soul mate and Arieh will be there under the chuppah (Jewish marriage canopy) with us. Our son is a miracle to both of us. Every day we are grateful I saved my eggs and that Olive was able to help us create the family we both dreamed of. I have a second embryo and we hope to one day soon add a brother or sister to our happy house.

Inclusion of all gender and sexually diverse people is an important value of Olive Fertility Centre. We are continuously striving to create an environment of compassionate belonging where all of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community are supported, valued and respected.

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