I have a heart for women and families experiencing the stress and strain of infertility and pregnancy loss through stillbirth and miscarriage. I have met many families who struggle in silence through the pain of trying to have children naturally. I read recently that having children is often cited as one of the most highly rated life goals. Given the commonality of this desire, it is no surprise that people experience a myriad of emotional reactions to infertility and pregnancy loss. Following is a list of some of the most common difficulties: not wanting to be around pregnant women or young children, feeling inadequate, relational strain, depression, isolation, feeling misunderstood, anxiety, and anger. These do not include the range of physical stressors one may experience as a result of fertility testing and treatment or pregnancy loss through miscarriage or stillbirth. Even though many women and families experience the pain and stress of infertility and pregnancy loss, people often suffer in silence. In preparation for the upcoming National Infertility Awareness Week, April 21-27, 2013, please consider supporting a friend or family member who is experiencing infertility or has lost a baby to miscarriage or stillbirth. Ask how they are doing or how you can support them. If you are a sufferer, reach out to a support group, therapist, or trusted friend to share your story and break the cycle of isolation associated with infertility and pregnancy loss.
For more information about National Infertility Awareness Week, please visit: http://www.resolve.org/national-infertility-awareness-week/home-page.html.