Woman struggling with infertility uses IVF needles to create art – NBC4 Washington

Trying to conceive can be an isolating and emotional process for anyone affected by infertility.

A woman from Rockville, Maryland says she found power and purpose in a tool that also caused her pain: a sterile needle used in the process of in vitro fertilization.

Jamie Kushner Blicher found solace in her art studio as she struggled for three years to start a family, undergoing multiple rounds of IVF with heartbreaking results.

“The first one I transferred was twins, and I had a miscarriage. The second didn’t work out. The third was a miscarriage,” she said. knowing that my body couldn’t do the one thing it was supposed to do was sad.”

Blicher overcame his pain with paint. In order to regain control of her life, she began to paint using the type of sterile needles she used to give herself hormone injections.

“That needle caused me pain, frustration, anger, didn’t it? It made me feel alone. It is a tool that I hope will bring me happiness in the future,” Blicher said. “But for now, I will take back the power. I’m going to take control of this needle and make something beautiful out of it.

Blicher said she finds it therapeutic to see the ink move through the needle and onto the canvas. She started sharing her work on social media.

“I was so surprised at the response,” she said. “I didn’t really know anyone who had infertility, or so I thought.”

She said women across the country have started reaching out and sharing their stories and struggles. Orders for commissioned parts also started pouring in.

One in eight American couples suffer from infertility and one in four pregnancies end in miscarriage.

Blicher said she found comfort in knowing she was not alone.

And after years of trying to conceive, she and her husband got the miracle they were hoping for.

“The doctor didn’t think either of them was going to work. And those are my 3 and a half year old twins, Ethan and Bennett,” she said. “They are two pretty little redheads, one with straight hair and the other with curly hair.”

Blicher’s path to parenthood has not been easy, but she said she hopes her artwork will help break the stigma of infertility and open up a new conversation about pain that is so often private.

“We actually put art on Shady Grove Fertility in Rockville,” she said. “When I sat there for so long, I was always looking for a sign. I was always looking for something. And I think having art in Shady Grove Fertility is going to be a sign that it’s okay. We’re all in the same boat.”

Blicher has been busy; she created 60 commissioned pieces last year and is on track to do the same this year. Not only does she create custom artwork using sterile IVF needles, but she also sells prints, headbands, and pillows. Everything is on his website and on Instagram.

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