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Three Little Birds Perinatal has received numerous requests for support from families in our community diagnosed with infertility or who have experienced loss after a failed fertility treatment. In an effort to effectively support our families, Three Little Birds conducted a confidential voluntary survey for families to provide input regarding their struggles, what was helpful and supportive and how we can support them during this difficult and stressful time. We are seeking to develop a complete support subcommittee focused solely on supporting families who reach out to us for support during their diagnosis, treatment or pregnancy after treatment.
Primary Infertility is a condition of the reproductive system that prevents the conception of children. It affects approximately 10-15% of couples throughout the United States. The diagnosis of infertility is usually given to couples who have been attempting to conceive for at least 1 year without success. Secondary infertility is the inability to conceive a child after previously given birth.
The struggle of infertility, whether or not the couple has had previous children, is one that is commonly misunderstood by society, family and friends. It is a not only a physical struggle but an emotional and spiritual journey for both parents as they work to understand their bodies, relationships all the while maintaining hope that they can grow their family.
This month, we will be sharing articles detailing the struggle of infertility, provide resources for those unable to conceive and be a source of inspiration to our families as we support them.
National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW) is 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 with infertility cope with their disease. The week provides a time for those with infertility to "come out" to their friends and families, if they wish. It encourages the fertility challenged to not feel ashamed. RESOLVE typically hosts a number of activities, both online and off, for those that wish to participate. Most activities focus on advocacy and public education. NIAW will be honored on April 22-28, 2018.
In support of NIAW, Three Little Birds will be releasing our Infertility Support Box for sale through our Etsy page. This box was developed based on input from our survey participants and families who are helping launch this iniative. The goal of this Support Box is to validate, provide comfort and a nest of support around them.
Additionally, Three Little Birds has launched our closed Facebook Support Group, the HOPE Nest, for our families to unite, communicate, support and encourage each other. Click here to join!
Click here to read more about our infertility support services and let us know if you would like to join to help develop this program more!
Kristen Samuelson, SBD, Founder & Director