The powerful documentary 'One More Shot' captures infertility on film like never before

As National Infertility Awareness Week comes to a close, we have a recommendation for your Netflix queue. Whether you are struggling with infertility or want to better understand the journey of someone who is, the documentary film, One More Shot is a powerful look at one couple's multi-year journey to becoming parents.

Maya Grobel and Noah Moskin are among the 12 to 13% of couples in the United States who have dealt with infertility. They met in a film class back in college, so it was natural for them to bring a cameraperson along to their doctor's appointments.

Watch our interview with the creators of 'One More Shot' here:

The film offers a first-hand look at what it is like to deal with the disappointment, shots, hormones, relationship upheaval and hope that prospective parents experience when using assisted reproductive technologies.

According to Grobel, the film grew from a planned five minute short for their future baby to a full-length documentary when it became clear that their journey was going to take longer than expected. They wanted to make the film to answer the question "How do you make a family when nothing seems to be working?" Grobel tells Motherly.

"We realized that it was a problem that so many people faced and our story became a version of the story of so many other people around the world," she explains.

When Moskin and Grobel began their journey to parenthood, they figured they might have to do IVF, but the journey in their head was more of a straight road to baby without a bunch of pit stops. The reality turned out to be a long and winding trip through a diagnosis of diminished ovarian reserve, intrauterine insemination, in vitro fertilization, trying IVF with donor eggs and then embryo donation.

The documentary is real and raw, and it can help people understand that dealing with infertility isn't as simple as getting some extra help from a doctor. "This expectation of how things are going to go and reality don't always match up," Grobel says.

Going into such uncharted territory with a partner can be hard on a relationship. Moskin says he needed to take a break from trying to conceive, while Grobel wanted to persevere. Understanding each other's perspectives was difficult at times, as was communicating. "Initially I was trying to fix everything or say, 'it's going to be okay," Moskin explains, "and I had to learn that just saying 'it's going to be okay'... was not helpful."

In making the movie, Moskin and Grobel worked out their communication issues. They also inadvertently built themselves an online community and support system. Their baby girl was born in 2015, and in the years since the couple has been hearing from so many people who have gone through (or are going through) their own hard but hopeful fertility journeys, even people who have seen the documentary and were willing to help them expand their family, if they wanted to. "We were offered embryos from several people from around the world," Grobel explains.

They haven't taken anyone up on the offer of embryo donation, but say it's heartening to know that there are fellow parents out there in the world who would do such a selfless thing.

Moskin wants parents who are in the middle of their own winding road of infertility to hold onto hope, because there is always hope and Grobel agrees, "Try to remember that this will not be going on forever. There is an end to this."

You can watch One More Shot on Netflix, iTunes and Amazon.

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These challenges from Nike PLAYlist are exactly what my child needs to stay active

Plus a fall family bucket list to keep everyone moving all season long.

While it's hard to name anything that the pandemic hasn't affected, one thing that is constantly on my mind is how to keep my family active despite spending more time indoors. Normally, this time of year would be spent at dance and gymnastics lessons, meeting up with friends for games and field trips, and long afternoon playdates where we can all let off a little steam. Instead, we find ourselves inside more often than ever before—and facing down a long winter of a lot more of the same.

I started to search for an outlet that would get my girls moving safely while we social distance, but at first I didn't find a lot of solutions. Online videos either weren't terribly engaging for my active kids, or the messaging wasn't as positive around the power of movement as I would like. Then I found the Nike PLAYlist.

I always knew that Nike could get me moving, but I was so impressed to discover this simple resource for parents. PLAYlist is an episodic sports show on YouTube that's made for kids and designed to teach them the power of expressing themselves through movement. The enthusiastic kid hosts immediately captured my daughter's attention, and I love how the physical activity is organically incorporated in fun activities without ever being specifically called out as anything other than play. For example, this segment where the kids turn yoga into a game of Paper Scissors Rock? Totally genius. The challenges from #TheReplays even get my husband and me moving more when our daughter turns it into a friendly family competition. (Plus, I love the play-inspired sportswear made just for kids!)

My daughter loves the simple Shake Ups at the beginning of the episode and is usually hopping off the couch to jump, dance and play within seconds. One of her favorites is this Sock Flinger Shake Up activity from the Nike PLAYlist that's easy for me to get in on too. Even after we've put away the tablet, the show inspires her to create her own challenges throughout the day.

The best part? The episodes are all under 5 minutes, so they're easy to sprinkle throughout the day whenever we need to work out some wiggles (without adding a lot of screen time to our schedule).

Whether you're looking for simple alternatives to P.E. and sports or simply need fun ways to help your child burn off energy after a day of socially distanced school, Nike's PLAYlist is a fun, kid-friendly way to get everyone moving.

Need more movement inspiration for fall? Here are 5 ways my family is getting up and getting active this season:

1. Go apple picking.

Truly, it doesn't really feel like fall until we've picked our first apple. (Or had our first bite of apple cider donut!) Need to burn off that extra cinnamon-sugar energy? Declare a quick relay race up the orchard aisle—winner gets first to pick of apples at home.

To wear: These Printed Training Tights are perfect for when even a casual walk turns into a race (and they help my daughter scurry up a branch for the big apples).

2. Visit a pumpkin patch.

We love to pick up a few locally grown pumpkins to decorate or cook with each year. Challenge your child to a "strongman" contest and see who can lift the heaviest pumpkin while you're there.

To wear: Suit up your little one in comfort with this Baby Full Zip Coverall so you're ready for whatever adventures the day brings.

3. Have a nature scavenger hunt.

Scavenger hunts are one of my favorite ways to keep my daughter preoccupied all year long. We love to get outside and search for acorns, leaves and pinecones as part of our homeschool, but it's also just a great way to get her exercising those gross motor skills whenever the wiggles start to build up.

To wear: It's not truly fall until you break out a hoodie. This cozy Therma Elite Kids Hoodie features a mesh overlay to release heat while your child plays.

4. Have a touch-football game.

Tip for parents with very little kids: It doesn't have to last as long as a real football game. 😂 In fact, staging our own mini-games is one of our favorite ways to get everyone up and moving in between quarters during Sunday football, and I promise we all sleep better that night.

To wear: From impromptu games of tag to running through our favorite trails, these kids' Nike Air Zoom Speed running shoes are made to cover ground all season long.

5. Create an indoor obstacle course.

Pretending the floor is lava was just the beginning. See how elaborate your personal course can get, from jumping on the couch to rolling under the coffee table to hopping down the hallway on one foot.

To wear: These ready-for-any-activity Dri-FIT Tempo Shorts are perfect for crawling, hopping and racing—and cuddling up when it's time to rest.

This article was sponsored by Nike. Thank you for supporting the brands that supporting Motherly and mamas.

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Our deepest condolences go out to Chrissy and her husband, John Legend (who has been by her side in the hospital for several days now).

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