updated 10/06/2003 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/06/2003 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Thanks to Brooke Shields for sharing so openly her personal battle with infertility. I have also struggled through the IVF process and can relate to all of her emotional highs and lows. Did her financial situation help her ease her monetary woes in the IVF process? Sure. Did her wealth lessen her pain and the emotional turmoil that infertility brings? No way. Congrats to Brooke and Chris!
J. Hayden
Owensboro, Ky.

Hooray for Brooke Shields for taking the difficult step of going through the emotional pain of fertility treatments and not giving up. She makes us regular people realize we aren't so alone in this battle.
Desiré Dewell
Chesterfield, Va.

Infertility is a painful, physical and emotional experience. How each couple, rich or poor, fertile or not, create their family is a highly personal choice. As a woman who thought she would never have children and is now the proud mother of four, I had a lump in my throat as I looked at the beautiful photos of Brooke and her husband, Chris, and their miracle baby.
Trisha York
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Most working-class people do not have $100,000-plus to go through IVF seven times. And health insurance companies do not pay for fertility treatment procedures. Brooke and her husband are fortunate they were not prisoners of the health-care industry.
Tracey J. Choplick
Halifax, Pa.

Kudos to Brooke Shields for putting her name and face on a disease that affects millions of people in this country. I admire her honesty and congratulate her on the birth of her beautiful daughter.
Madeline Shanahan
Broken Arrow, Okla.

Like millions of other viewers, I witnessed the Madonna-Britney kiss on the MTV Video Music Awards. There was Madonna, a married woman with two young children, French-kissing Britney Spears, a pop singer who is idolized and emulated by millions of teenage girls. Is this an image we want our children to see? I could have stomached Ellen DeGeneres and Rosie O'Donnell better!
Pamela A. Hairston
Washington, D.C.

Every person who read your Sept. 15 issue should be outraged over the photo of Snoop Dogg and his "dates" at the MTV Video Music Awards. I don't see dates but rather two half-naked women being led by a collar and chain that is reminiscent of the way slaves were transported and auctioned 150 years ago. Dogg's actions only humiliated women and blacks who have fought so hard for equal rights.
Marlene Kabza
Saranac Lake, N.Y.

Since when did petite people become a minority who were not taken seriously because of their height? Parents who want their children to take growth hormones to become taller, although well-intentioned, are not teaching self-worth. Good things, of course, come in small packages.
Katherine McArthur
Cleveland, Ohio

I am a successful, well-adjusted 26-year-old woman who happens to be 4'7" tall. Has Dr. Counts ever considered teaching her patients that a person's happiness comes from within, not from the length of their inseam?
Jennifer Todor
King of Prussia, Pa.

For those of us who have suffered a miscarriage, Brooke Shields's determination to become a mother is inspiring. The joy of motherhood is well worth the wait.
Lee Ann Laird
Suffolk, Va.

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