When you sit in a movie theatre and look around in the audience, you can count, one…two…three… four….five…..six….seven…..<bam> eight and that couple will have fertility challenges. Infertility does not discriminate based on race, religion, sexuality or economic status. I have seen everyone sitting at the clinic, really young and older couples, all races from around the world. You never know how badly you want something until you are told that it may not be possible and have no control over the outcome. With infertility we think we can control the outcome with a clinic, but that is part of our disconnect, we can’t make things happen, life always has its own agenda.
It is up to all of us to transform how others view infertility and get to the bottom of what is actually happening that is causing this public health issue. “One that will help educate and provide resolution to the millions of people who are impacted”. On my own street where there are 6 houses with six couples. I’m aware of four couples that have had trouble conceiving. I ask the question, what is in the water? What is it that we are eating that is causing this epidemic?
“Be part of a movement that wants to remove barriers that stand in the way of building families during National Infertility Awareness Week®”
Become interested in someone’s story and learn what it actually means. It’s not as simple as, “I’ll got get IVF and have a baby”. There are many steps to this. For us its now been almost one full intense year, not counting the other two. It’s a lot of waiting and a lot of wanting and a LOT of fear.
This week I celebrate ALL those that have and are dealing with infertility. I do believe that we need to sow the soil before we plant the seed. I do believe that we need to talk about this more and raise tons of questions. We need employers to not be afraid of a women who is faced with infertility. She just needs your support. I have found that as an employee, I’m even more faithful and loyal, when an employer is supportive of me.
Listen up! How does infertility affect you?
You could be the manager of a person going through it.
You could be the one discovering the news about not being able to concieve.
It could be your co-worker or friend who all of a sudden withdraws and you don’t hear from them.
It could be the person sitting next to you in the coffee shop or in that borning meeting.
Listen Up! People with infertility matter. Join the movement to help build a community that understands their needs and supports their efforts to build a family.
Its not good enough to say, “I guess you were not meant to have kids”, or “You should adopt”, or “Just relax”. It take a vilage to raise a child, sometimes it take a village to raise a child. Understand that cost and bio-psycho-social effects that infertility has on a couple.
Listen Up! Policies and legislation can impact access to many family building options.
This is the first year that the Ontario Government is offering funding to couples with infertility, seeing that one treatment (that doesn’t gurantee results) costs up to $25,000. Many couples take loans to pay for these treatments. The challenge now is how to do you roll this program out to couples, as often its become a first come first serve lottery system. How does one create integrity in this system? Help shape this conversation and tell the government you care.
National infertility week is April 23-27 in the USA and May 7-13 in Canada.
This year, RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association wants you to “Listen Up!” when it comes to issues around infertility and family building. This public awareness campaign is created so anyone who cares about the infertility community can feel empowered to do something that makes a difference, either in your own family building journey or to help someone else. Infertility impacts millions of Americans and does not discriminate based on race, religion, socioeconomic status or sexuality. “Listen Up!” and become part of the movement.
How can you help spread the message?