A self-proclaimed teenage journal junkie, Victoria Hopewell wrote about unrequited crushes and social climbing peer groups, as well as death and dying after a camp friend was run over while riding her bicycle. When she went off to college, she bid good bye to her Dear Me-Mory prose. Twenty-six years later, IVF brought Victoria back to her diary. Ultimately, it was her journey inside the fertility business, its unforeseeable ups and downs, that was the catalyst for Grade A Baby Eggs: An Infertility Memoir.
Remarrying later in life, Victoria was intent on conceiving a baby with her once confirmed bachelor husband—a man who also happened to be the last in a long line of descendants of an illustrious Jewish scholar. The initial premise prompted a number of questions, everything from satisfying the dream of 90-year old in-laws, who anxiously awaited an heir, to navigating the feelings of two young daughters from Victoria’s first marriage. Neither was an easy fix, but only the beginning of a maze of information and issues that Victoria and her husband, Gabriel, would encounter. From egg harvesting and in vitro fertilization (IVF) through the hidden world of egg donation, Victoria Hopewell lived a gamut of outcomes and emotions, gaining invaluable insight. Her story is a sharing of information, an insider’s perspective and a fascinating account, making Grade A Baby Eggs, an infertility memoir well worth reading.