‘Nobel Conference 53’ Category


The “Honoring the Stories” blog is affiliated with the Gustavus Adolphus College 53rd Annual Nobel Conference on Reproductive Technology. This blog is a place to share your stories of reproductive journeys, struggles, and successes, and the insights you have gained about reproduction as a result of your experiences.

To share your story, click on the link to the submission form below in the top left column of this page.

Stories may be submitted in a variety of formats:
An essay of no more than 500 words
A visual image – photograph, painting, drawing
Video of those included and/or of photos and dialogue- at least 45 seconds, max three minutes
Audio of 45 seconds to three minutes
*Photo, video, and audio submissions must include a short written description*

Submissions may address topics such as, but not limited to:
Stories from doctors, nurses, health care providers, and social workers;
Personal and professional stories about topics such as fertility, pregnancy, loss, adoption, surrogacy, contraception, and family planning.


Nobel Conference 53 “Honoring the Stories” : Gina LaCombe

He is currently in my arms, my testament to persevering through the difficult journey of infertility. Without science, hard earned money, and sheer determination our beautiful 12 week old son would not exist. Marrying later in life, and delaying trying to conceive due to a diagnosis of Lyme disease, by the age of 38 I […]

Nobel Conference 53 “Honoring the Stories” : Carly (Johnson) Erickson

My husband, CJ and I are both Gustie grads and have our time at Gustavus to thank for being blessed with our now 1 month old son, Jack. 10 years ago I had the opportunity to shadow a Reproductive Endocrinologist, Dr. Randle Corfman at Midwest Center for Reproductive Health in Maple Grove as part of […]

Nobel Conference 53 “Honoring the Stories” : Barb Larson Taylor

The fact that my brother and I were adopted was a celebrated part of our family history. Feelings of gratitude that my parents could have a family seemed to radiate through my whole childhood. When I asked my mom about trying to become pregnant, all she said was that she was not able to have […]

Nobel Conference 53 “Honoring the Stories” : Brita DeRemee Taracks

Two weeks after pushing out Son No. 3, I found myself in a barn at the Minnesota State Fair. My parents had come to assist with the adventure. Holding the hands and cajoling the wonder of their ambulatory grandsons No. 1 & 2 on a trip to the Fair was their sheer delight. They bought […]

Nobel Conference 53 “Honoring The Stories”: The Nemmers Twins

  Hayley Nemmers was a surrogate mother to twins. Through the love of Hayley, Ryan, and Amber, and the support of reproductive technology, they welcome Asher and Zoey to the Nemmers family! Their personal blog, taking you through their journey, can be found at http://anemmers.wordpress.com.   Created by Hayley Nemmers, Class of 2016