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In 2018, Three Little Birds launched our Infertility Support Services after receiving numerous requests for support. Through research, connection and help from our volunteers, we have launched our Infertility Support Box to assist you during the physically, emotionally, spiritually and financially draining treatments, doctors appointments and the roller coaster that is infertility.
The Infertility Support Box is a gift for that special friend or family member struggling with infertility or undergoing treatments to bring comfort and help facilitate healing. Here is an overview of what is included in our box:
The purchase of this box will benefit Three Little Birds Infertility Support Program we provide to support families in the Philadelphia/South Jersey Metro area. Three Little Birds Perinatal & Palliative Care Advocacy & Support Center is a non-profit, fiscally sponsored by Federation of Neighborhood Centers (FNC) Philly. Our organization provides all of our social services at no cost to the family. We also do not directly solicit for support to the families we serve, however, we greatly appreciate the support of our families with whom choose to give back to us after we have walked their journey. Our volunteer-based non-profit depends on the support of the local community to continue to keep our services for free to everyone. Thank you for your on-going support, kindness and sharing of our information and resources! Donations can be made via check (payable to: Federation of Neighborhood Centers/Memo: Three Little Birds) or via the PayPal link on our website.
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Three Little Birds planned to launch our Infertility Support Services when our paths crossed with Lynn Polin, a local mom with an incredible journey with infertility. As we got to know Lynn, we could feel the passion she has for supporting other families like her, who face uncertain futures as they try to grow their family naturally.
Lynn's story is unique, but shared by so many. Over the past five years, she has chronicled her journey in a blog, as well as volunteering with the national non-profit, RESOLVE, whose mission is to ensure all people challenged in their family building journey reach resolution. She has also launched a Peer-led Infertility Support Group, hosted on the first Wednesday of every month at Virtua Voorhees Hospital, from 7-8:15PM.
Lynn and her husband Drew struggled to conceive when they sought medical treatments. Lynn endured nine IVF cycles, four retrievals with over 50 eggs retrieved, 13 that made it to embryo, six PGS tested, four fresh transfers, six frozen transfers, one pregnancy loss that almost took her life, and one sassy, imperfectly perfect miracle baby girl, named Kayla. She is now entering her 10th IVF cycle in hopes of bringing home a sibling for their daughter.
Understanding firsthand the physical, emotional, financial and spiritual effects of infertility, Lynn has made it her mission to make a difference for the next family facing similar treatments who feel unsupported. "It's hard. It's emotional. It's lonely. It fills you with shame and sadness and heartbreak. My mission now is to promote advocacy, awareness and education in our communities to help support us more. We all have a journey; a story.", says Lynn.
Next weekend, on Sunday, April 15, Lynn and more than 300 walkers/runners will participate in the Walk of Hope to take place at Washington Lake Park in Washington Township, NJ. “Locally, there has actually not been any walks in our area — we are the first walk ever in our area. The closest one to us was up in North Jersey, and they since have moved it over to New York,” explained Lynn.
"After my ninth round of IVF, I kind of called it quits for a bit, and then decided over the summer that I really just wanted to give back and support people that are going through it — because, unfortunately, there’s just not lot a lot of support out there for people traveling through the infertility journey,” she continued.
In addition to her support group and Walk of Hope advocacy, she and her husband are creating a documentary of their 10th attempt at IVF. She has found a director and people who are helping them tell their story so that they can validate, support and provide hope to families like theirs.
Lynn has joined forces with Three Little Birds to support families who seek support for infertility or who have experienced a loss after a conceiving via treatment. We are so grateful to have Lynn's passion, enthusiasm and support as we grow this initiative!
For more information on the Walk for Hope Event click here!
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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