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Thursday, 21 February 2019 05:50

Gabrielle Union is 1 in 8 Struggling with Infertility. Discovers the Joys of Parenthood through Surrogacy

"I'm so glad I got over myself and my fear of what people would think of me if I did not carry my own child." Gabrielle Union had not given up hope. Despite years of failed IVF cycles and around nine miscarriages — she confesses she lost count — the “Being Mary Jane” star remained determined to have a baby with her husband, NBA player Dwyane Wade. Sometimes, though, optimism was in short supply. “On those days where I felt like I was circling the drain emotionally, physically, spiritually, I allowed myself to have a freaking moment,” said Union, 46,…
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 05:48

Research Uncovers New Reason For Male Infertility

By Jennifer Rey A University of Nevada researcher has revealed a new source of male infertility. According to School of Medicine Professor, Wei Yan, M.D., new research as uncovered efferent duct obstructions as a new cause of male infertility, correcting a long-held concept regarding sperm transport. “Men produce millions of sperm daily,” he said. “When sperm are produced inside the testis, they cannot swim. They have to be flushed out by testicular fluid, which carries them further to the tiny efferent ducts that are smaller than the sperm themselves.” There was a perception that motile cilia, or eyelash-like extensions of…
Sunday, 17 February 2019 11:16

#3 “You Should Try…”

By Kelsey. T. Chun MFT I know that giving a friend unsolicited advice on what to try or which doctor to see is absolutely well-intentioned. We hate to see our loved ones suffering, and we want to do whatever we can to alleviate their suffering. But when people offer unsolicited suggestions, it not only leaves those suffering from infertility feeling unseen and unheard (yet again), but such comments also fail to recognize how much emotional energy and effort any attempted solution takes. Well-meaning tips can’t just be implemented at the snap of her fingers. Each doctor or medical procedure, however…
Friday, 15 February 2019 13:01

How to Support a Friend Struggling With Infertility. What You Should Do #1 LISTEN

By Kelsey. T. Chun MFT Your friend or sister or whoever is trying to conceive might not want to talk about it—but she might. The journey of infertility can be not only painful, but isolating, especially if it seems like everyone else is getting pregnant (or, if no one else she knows is even trying to). She might feel hesitant to share her story if she’s experienced others giving advice or reassurance in response to her sharing her pain. It likely feels validating to her just to have someone listen and bear witness to the pain she’s in. As uncomfortable…
Wednesday, 13 February 2019 07:10

Ricky Martin Brings Positive Awareness to Surrogacy

After his third child was born recently through gestational surrogacy: Ricky said: ‘I want people to look at me and see a family and say, “There’s nothing wrong with that.” It’s part of my mission.’ From article by Becky Freeth Consider surrogacy to grow your family! Contact us to find out more! Learn More About International Surrogacy In Ukraine: Delivering Dreams helps couples throughout the world struggling with infertility have children. Located in NJ and Kyiv and Lviv, Ukraine, our amazing medical facilities and professionals, surrogates and donors are in Ukraine, because Ukrainian law protects the rights of parents and…
Monday, 11 February 2019 11:25

Fertility Fest UK April 23-May 18 Announces 2019 Program

Fertility Fest, London, UK, the only arts festival devoted entirely to the subject of the science of making babies and modern families, is now in its third year. This latest, expanded edition of Fertility Fest runs from 23 April - 18 May and is presented in association with the Barbican as part of the 2019 season, Life Rewired, exploring what it means to be human when technology is changing everything. Fertility and infertility take centre stage in a four-week international programme of theatre, film, visual arts, literature, workshop and debate bringing together leading artists, specialists, patients, and audiences to explore…
Saturday, 09 February 2019 13:36

What You SHOULD Do #2 Tell or Show Her How It Feels to See Her in Pain

By Kelsey. T. Chun MFT The antidote to the first three invalidating responses of trying to take away or minimize her pain? Sitting in the muck of it with her. Instead of running from her pain or trying to make it go away, tolerate the inevitable discomfort of seeing someone you love in pain and even try to feel what she feels—empathize. You don’t have to experience infertility yourself to do this. I’m sure you know what it’s like to have an important hope or dream not come to fruition—tap into that experience. The most validating response I ever received…
Thursday, 07 February 2019 10:25

#2 “This One Couple I Know…”

By Kelsey. T. Chun MFT Giving your friend examples of a couple you knew who tried for three years and then miraculously got pregnant naturally after adopting, or how your parents struggled to conceive and now have five kids, might instill hope in her—but it also might not. For one, these anecdotes imply—that it will happen eventually. (And, unfortunately you can’t assure that, even if it happened for your mom or best friend that way.) Also, such stories might actually feel like a reminder to your friend that seemingly everyone else is able to conceive except her (and every pregnancy…
Tuesday, 05 February 2019 11:17

#3. Tell Her You’re Sorry

By Kelsey. T. Chun MFT After admitting honestly and with a heavy heart, “I hate seeing you in pain” (validating option #2), you can add, “I’m so sorry you’re going through this.” If that is all you can think to say without resorting to one of the three invalidating comments, that’s okay! You can simply admit that you don’t know what to say, but if she wants to talk, you’re here to listen (validating option #1) and if she needs anything, to let you know. (That way, if your friend wants to know what helped your sister overcome infertility or…
Sunday, 03 February 2019 12:35

Another First Lady Leads Campaign To Break Stigma Of Infertility

Recently Michelle Obama spoke about her struggles with infertility and desire to spread awareness and break the stigma of infertility. Now Ghana’s first lady does the same. Merck Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck Germany, in partnership with Ghana’s First Lady, Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo, has launched a campaign to overcome the stigma associated with infertility among women. The "Merck More Than a Mother" campaign would leverage on the power of the mass media to educate and help everybody to have better understanding of fertility issues. It would also assist in identifying interventions to improve fertility care, access to information by…
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