We’ve loved sharing stories and hearing our community’s stories during NIAW this week. Now that the week is coming to an end, we turn to what can we do as a community to advocate for those with infertility? There are many ways to get involved, and some are as simple as sharing your own story on social media, or educating yourself about reproductive health. Starting or joining a peer group for infertility is also an important way to gain and give support, while building community awareness. There are also good organizations out there that provide services for families facing infertility. This June 25, the RESOLVE: Walk for Hope will take place in south Denver, creating awareness and building community for the thousands of people affected by infertility in Colorado. IHR.com (Infertility Resources) has a page linking to some of the other prominent organizations supporting those with infertility. Do you have other ways …
An infertility diagnosis can be very difficult for a person or a couple. Feelings of discouragement, loneliness, and uncertainty can be extremely isolating. Being the friend, or the brother, or the mother of someone experiencing infertility can be daunting: what do I say? How do I help? Today, we encourage you to #StartAsking what is helpful for you to say to your loved one facing infertility, and what should be avoided completely. One place to start is with Rachel Gurevich on about.com: 12 Things Not to Say to Someone with Infertility and How Can I Support a Friend with Infertility? Have you had a friend who really did a great job supporting you? What did they do or say? Or have you had some well-meaning but terrible comments? Please leave your experiences in the comments or on Facebook or Twitter @trachmanlaw.
Books provide us many things: information, solace, humor and comfort. Books about infertility are incredibly important to teach about infertility, to share hard and beautiful stories that we need to hear, to allow us to laugh and find humor in the hardest of situations. Here are some books we have found especially interesting and comforting. Eggceptional Match: Inside the Miraculous World of Assisted Reproduction by Angela Bevill Why I’m So Special: A Book About Surrogacy by Carol Lewis-Long IVF: An Emotional Companion by Brigid Moss Instant Mom by Nia Vardalos Empty Arms: Hope and Support for Those Who Have Suffered a Miscarriage, Stillbirth or Tubal Pregnancy by Pam Vredevelt Please share any books about infertility that you’ve helpful in the comments.
Today we have a guest post from a woman in Denver, Colorado with infertility. Here is her story:
Welcome, friends! Trachman Law Center is a proud supporter of National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW), which starts today. Infertility affects 1 in 8 people, yet is often not spoken about or only whispered about between close friends. The silence around infertility leaves the men and women who are affected by it isolated, lonely, and often unaware that there are many others just like them, and many options for starting a family. The theme for the 2016 NIAW is #StartAsking. #StartAsking what infertility is and who it affects. #StartAsking what is a good way to speak supportively to the people in your life with fertility. #StartAsking how you can share your own story about infertility. We’d love to hear from you on social media this week. Please follow us on Twitter @TrachmanLaw and like us on Facebook. #StartAsking what Trachman Law Center can do for you.