21 - Shelby Rideout on struggle with infertility, motherhood and entrepreneurship

Mar 26, 2018, 06:00 AM

Shelby Rideout is the creator and founder of Bright Signs Learning, a program that introduces young kids to sign language and basic reading concepts in a fun and interactive way.

She and her husband have four children and are currently in the process of adopting a fifth child.  

When they first got married, however, they started trying right away to have children but were unable to get pregnant. They tried several rounds of IVF and had multiple miscarriages during the experience.  

Shelby spoke very openly about her struggle with infertility and what it was like interacting with other expecting parents during that time in her life. 

Simultaneously, they went through the adoption process. Shelby eventually went to Ethiopia to meet her baby daughter Tensae, which she describes as a "life-defining moment" when she finally became a mother.  

And as the universe would have it, she also found out around the same time that she was pregnant with her son Jack.  

She joined me on Olympic & Bundy to talk about her background as a tutor and actress, the adoption process and simultaneous struggle with infertility, eventually becoming a mother to multiple, beautiful children and developing an idea into a successful business. 

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Thank you to Shelby!   

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