We want to express respect, honor, and love toward all mothers on this day. We know the road to motherhood can take many different paths, so we talked to two Schwabbies about their unique journeys.
Q: What was your path to motherhood?
Miranda Rospond: My husband and I tried to start a family for a few years and realized it wasn't going to happen on our own. That's when we explored infertility treatment. After about a year of trying different treatments, we ended up getting pregnant with our son, Leo, in our first round of IVF.
Angie Liuzza: I always wanted to be a parent, but not necessarily to give birth. My wife and I went through two-and-a-half long years of infertility treatment culminating in six miscarriages, before we got certified as foster parents. In August of 2017, we received a call about a three-day-old boy. We had less than 24 hours to pick him up at the hospital, and 10 months later we adopted our sweet boy, August.
Q: What helped you on your journey?
Miranda: Schwab’s benefits covered most of the cost of our fertility treatment, and we were grateful not to have to worry about that. I also had a high-risk pregnancy and a premature birth which resulted in the need for flexibility, but I never worried about my job. Even now, I feel like I can balance what I need to do as a mother with the support of my manager and teammates.
Angie: When we found out, I went to my manager to let her know I’d be picking up a baby that afternoon—no prior notice. I was told to take the rest of the week off, to call HR to discuss my options for parental leave and not to worry about work. We didn’t even have a nursery set up, but Schwabbies collected donations to help us buy supplies. My colleagues picked up my projects and I was able to take the first two months off with my son. I couldn’t have felt more supported.
Q: What do you want people to know about your experience?
Miranda: Infertility can be isolating, so I'm always trying to destigmatize it. Most people know someone that has gone through it or have gone through it themselves. There are a lot of resources and information, and I also found it helpful to find someone that has also gone through it to talk to.
Angie: How anyone makes a family isn’t as important as having a family. Every child needs just one trusted adult in their life to feel loved, so if you are single and want to have children, or you are struggling with infertility, consider fostering to adopt. The kids who need you the most are out there.