Writer, Editor, and Community Builder in San Diego, California
Lauren Cross is a writer, content editor, graphic designer, community builder, and reproductive warrior.
Lauren writes about miscarriage, infertility, egg donation, high-risk pregnancy, traumatic delivery, what it means to be a non-genetic parent, and how she talks to her children (and other people) about egg donation. She also promotes the concept that having a baby cures childlessness—not infertility.
Lauren’s essay, 'Dear Little Mizuko Bean', was included in Three Minus One, an anthology of pregnancy loss accompanying the Hollywood film, Return to Zero. In 2017, her blog, On Fecund Thought, was nominated for Best Blog by RESOLVE, the National Infertility Association. Other articles have been published by The Seleni Institute, The ART of Infertility, and in The Donor Conception Network’s members-only newsletter. She was content editor for Let’s Talk About Egg Donation, a forthcoming book written by two experts in the egg donation field. Lauren is currently writing a memoir about her tumultuous journey to motherhood, a chapter of which was published in the San Diego Writers 2018 'Year in Ink' anthology.
A while back Lauren reasoned that if a baby born after a pregnancy loss is a 'rainbow', then a baby born after infertility must be a 'unicorn'! Recognizing the importance of human connection, she co-founded Rainbows & Unicorns, an online support group for people parenting after reproductive trauma. Most recently, she launched THE TRYING TIMES, a monthly e-newsletter by and for the reproductive trauma community. Lauren also serves as an advisory board member of Parents Via Egg Donation (PVED).
When she’s not tinkering with words, you can find Lauren working on graphic design projects for creative individuals and socially conscious organizations. And when she’s not maxing out her trusty computer’s CPU, she’s usually eating something delicious, listening to music, or talking about alternative family-building.
Originally from London and Southern Spain, Lauren now lives in San Diego with her husband and their rainbow unicorns—the most wondrous little creatures her heart has ever known.