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Conversations with Stephanie Levich

Today we’d like to introduce you to Stephanie Levich.

Hi Stephanie, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
My consulting firm, Family Match Consulting, helps clients find outstanding egg donors, sperm donors, and surrogates as quickly as possible while providing guidance and advocacy throughout their family-building journey. My passion for the work began out of a deep-seeded need to help people who were unable to conceive become parents. My mom suffered from an infection in her abdomen when she was 13 years old and underwent a hysterectomy. As a result, she was unable to conceive. Years later, she met my dad and they went on to adopt me and, soon thereafter, my brother and sister.

After already working in the field for ten years, my husband and I were ready to start a family of our own. After unsuccessfully trying to get pregnant on our own, I was unexpectedly diagnosed with “unexplained infertility”. Like so many of the clients I have assisted over the years, I soon found myself in the throes of endless doctor visits, ultrasounds, invasive procedures, and countless hormone injections. In-vitro fertilization was what ultimately worked for me and I am eternally grateful to be “mom” to my 7-year-old daughter and my 9-year-old son.

Working in the field, I am often asked by clients how they should share with their children their birth and conception stories. I believe that children have the inherent right to know the story of how they came into this world but noticed that while there were children’s books on the market that described singular ways a family can be created, like adoption or surrogacy, there were none that encompassed the many beautiful ways that families are made. I wanted to create the first children’s book on the market that helped kids understand their own stories in the broader context of family building by encompassing many of the ways that people start or grow their families.

I teamed up with my best friend of over 25 years, Alana Weiss, who is also a mom through IVF and one of the most creative people I know. After more than three years of countless late-night writing sessions and illustration meetings, we are thrilled that our book, From the Start: A Book About Love and Making Families is available for purchase on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
The writing process took more time than I could have imagined. Alana and I meticulously labored over every word for almost two years. Once we had a final product, we needed to learn how to bring it to market, as neither of us had any experience in the world of publishing. We submitted to various publishers without getting any bites, which at times felt discouraging, but we stayed the course and finally found a partner who believed in our book as much as we did. Finding the right illustrator was a challenge because we had a clear vision of what we were looking for but we were so fortunate to find Darren Gate, an illustrator out of Glasgow, Scotland, who did an incredible job of bringing “From the Start” to life.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
“From the Start” is different from any book on the market. Not only does it incorporate the various ways families can be made in a loving and inclusive way, but its message helps to normalize the conversations surrounding family-building. When children understand their birth stories in a healthy and positive way, they can become more comfortable and confident people, carrying with them a deep understanding and appreciation of who they are and how they came into the world.

Can you talk to us a bit about the role of luck?
I have been incredibly lucky to have had such a long and fruitful career in this field. When creating a business or in any personal endeavor there can always be an element of good or bad luck involved but I believe that consistent hard work over time will help you to ultimately persevere.

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  • From the Start: A Book About Love and Making Families is available to purchase on Amazon and Barnes and Noble for $14.95.

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