February 05, 2021 ART Law & Practice

Wellness in the Midst of a Global Pandemic

Judith A. Hoechst

I was a registered nurse before I became an attorney. As a nurse I had the good fortune to work in highly respected pediatric and neonatal intensive care units at large university-affiliated children’s hospitals before and while attending law school. I began my legal career as a medical negligence attorney and over the years moved into family formation and assisted reproductive technology (ART) law after my own struggles to have a family. While practicing law full time I continued working in a Level IV NICU for a number of years on weekends. As part of my required yearly continuing nursing education I was taught that a viral pandemic would likely come about in my lifetime. For many years, the prediction never came about, and then, in 2020, it did—with a vengeance. March 2020 is when life as we all knew it changed due to the novel coronavirus COVID-19.

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