Supporting a Friend Through Infertility

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Though infertility is not something that I’ve had to deal with personally, I’m sure that we’ve all known at least one person who has struggled with this sensitive issue. Sometimes, however, we may not know how to support them or we may not know what to say. Or we may think we know what to say, but then it turns out to be the completely wrong thing. So how can we be supportive to a friend struggling with infertility? Here are some tips and advice for supporting a friend through infertility.

Do you know someone that's struggling with infertility? Here are some tips and advice for supporting a friend through infertility.

First, it may be helpful to understand what infertility is.

Simply put, infertility is the inability to conceive. There are many possible causes behind infertility and it could have to do with either the man or the woman. It is certainly not something to be ashamed of, though when everyone else around them is becoming pregnant; it may be easy for a woman to get down on herself or blame herself.

So how can you support a friend struggling through infertility beyond just a simple thumbs up and “hugs” comment on Facebook?

Here are some resources to help you:

As a Supporter to Family Member(s) Navigating Infertility

 

  • A great piece from RESOLVE on how infertility might influence behaviours of all generations of families.  “Although infertility is widely acknowledged as a crisis for individuals and couples, it is less recognized as a trauma that impacts their families. Yet, involuntary childlessness is an intergenerational crisis that has the ability to strain, even damage, family relationships over time by impairing communications and interactions.”
  • Path2Parenthood’s article on how Mother/Daughter dynamics can hit a new level when trying to conceive. “Daughters often need their mothers when struggling with infertility and while many daughters are able to turn to their parent for support, others are not. In fact, the complexities of mother- daughter relationships can hit a new level of high, when fertility issues arise. Do mothers realize how powerful they are in their daughter’s lives?  Their glances, their silences, all mean something to their daughters, so naturally daughters may look to their mothers as they travel through the fertility maze.”
  • RESOLVE- “People dealing with infertility see things every day in the world that remind them of their plight. And society has formed opinions about infertility that are used in various channels. This section will share what a “day in the life of an infertile woman” is like, and discuss some societal facts that impact her.”

Above all? Be there. Be present. Let them know that you are there and available to them.

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And if you’d like to learn more about infertility issues, you’re welcomed to join The Motherhood about this topic on Tuesday, September 22 at 1PM EST. We’ll be on Twitter – follow the #TheStorkOTC hashtag to track the conversation. You can see the details and RSVP via this Vite: http://vite.io/thestorkotc

What tips or advice would you share for supporting a friend through infertility?

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Kori

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Kori is an autistic mom who also happens to have ADHD and Anxiety. She is currently located in Albany, NY where she is raising a neurodivergent family. Her older daughter is non-speaking autistic (and also has ADHD and Anxiety) and her youngest daughter is HSP/Gifted. As an empath, HSP, and highly intuitive individual, Kori brings her own life experiences as an autistic woman combined with her adventures in momming to bring you the day-to-day of her life at home. Kori provides life coaching services for neurodivergent women (and those who identify as women) as well as Oracle card reading, Tarot card readings, and energy healing.

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