This week is National Infertility Awareness Week, a project of RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association. The goal of the week is to raise awareness about infertility, to encourage grassroots advocacy, and help couples and individuals cope with infertility. It provides a time for those with infertility to "come out" to their friends and families, if they wish, and encourages the fertility challenged not to feel ashamed. About Health
Wanting to have a child or start a family is a primal desire. For most of us, it comes with the territory of being human. That is essentially how and why we persist as a species. The desire to procreate, to hold and nurture our babies, to raise them and pass the baton to the young is the story of mankind. When someone is frustrated in that desire, and unfulfilled, the psychological need becomes even more intense and consuming. Dealing with infertility is a grief-filled process. It impacts relationships, self-esteem, and well-being.
This year RESOLVE is urging the infertility community to spread the message “You are not alone.” Infertility impacts 1 in 8 couples of reproductive age and can be very isolating to face. Just hearing “You are not alone” can help in so many ways. Consider showcasing this theme and important message in your RESOLVE, The National Infertility Association efforts.
Here are some examples:
- You are not alone. 1 in 8 is someone you know.
- Don’t let infertility leave you feeling isolated. You are not alone. We are here to help.
- You are not alone on your infertility journey. Find a support group near you.
- Because no one with infertility should walk alone.
Just today I was telling one of our Worldwide Surrogacy intended parents, “You are not alone.” This couple, trying to become pregnant with a surrogate actually had a pregnancy, betas doubling as they are supposed to, only to get to the ultrasound and finding out that the heartbeat was not strong and not fast enough. Next to find out that the heartbeat of the fetus was gone. A miscarriage. Grief. And a search for the will and strength to carry on, to march forward, to diligently follow the dream to have a baby. The intended father said to me, “I just want to know that this happens and that we are not an isolated example.”
So I would like to thank Resolve for all of the work the organization does to take the mystery and secrecy out of infertility, to affirmatively give permission to those struggling intended parents to “come out” and discuss their hopes and dreams of having children, and to have the support of all of us in helping them to realize those dreams.