Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Repost: Ending shame and secrecy about infertility

I've contributed to the Orlando Sentinel's Moms at Work blog since 2010. The blog is changing content management systems and my old posts will no longer be available to the public, so I'm reposting them here, in the order that they were originally posted.


Oct. 19, 2011

Each year, thousands of American women seek medical attention after realizing that their efforts to conceive a child naturally have been unsuccessful.

Many bear the scars of their battle with infertility in silence, wondering when or how they will become parents, often while enduring hurtful comments from loved ones and strangers alike.

This week, Redbook magazine launched a campaign to end some of the secrecy -- and the shame -- women feel about dealing with infertility.

The campaign includes regular women and celebrities alike discussing adoption, medical treatments and all the ins and outs of coping with finding that their desire for parenthood has been thwarted by their own bodies.

It's estimated that 12 percent of women in the U.S. find themselves battling infertility, which is defined as failing to get pregnant after a year if you're younger than 35, or six months if you're older than 35.

I'm among that 12 percent.

I fought a long battle to conceive kiddo and bear her to term. I am actually one of the women interviewed for Redbook's campaign and story. I'm quoted near the end of the story, and if you read to the end and click on the videos, you'll also see a video I did about the subject. My video is called "You don't have to go through it alone."

Have you or someone you love been affected by infertility?

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