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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…
Friday, 01 February 2019 11:12

What Not to say to someone you know, or suspect is struggling with infertility #1

“Don’t Worry. It’ll Happen Eventually!” By Kelsey. T. Chun MFT Earlier in our struggle to conceive, I ventured to share the pain of this experience with a friend. She smiled and reminded me of the afore mentioned statistic, that it takes most couples at least three months to conceive. Like many women attempting to get pregnant, I was already aware of this fact, but it didn’t lessen the emotional turmoil I experienced each cycle. While I know this friend only had the best of intentions, it made me feel like my pain wasn’t “enough”—like I shouldn’t be upset because we…
Wednesday, 30 January 2019 18:50

Through Surrogacy Ricky Martin welcomes ‘beautiful’ baby girl Lucia with husband Jwan Yosef

Congratulations are in order for Ricky Martin and Jwan Yosef, who have expanded their family just in time for 2019. The married couple announced the arrival of a baby daughter, ‘beautiful’ Lucia Martin-Yosef, on Monday night, 10 years after the singer welcomed sons Matteo and Valentino by gestational surrogacy. Ricky, 48, posted a picture of both dads holding the newborn’s tiny hands with just a glimpse at her little lips. He wrote: ‘We are beyond happy to announce that we have become parents to a beautiful and healthy baby girl, Lucia Martin-Yosef. ‘It has been a special time for us…
Monday, 28 January 2019 15:02

IVF Sparked A New Debate About The Moral Status Of The Embryo

So long as the embryo stayed out of sight, all kinds of narratives could be spun about its moral status – traditionally, for the Catholic church, revolving around the issue of when it acquired a soul. But when the biology was laid bare, new stories were required. As the political scientist Rosalind Petchesky has pointed out, anti-abortionists have increasingly framed these in biological terms. Is personhood a matter of unique genetic identity? (Identical twins pose problems there.) Is it granted when the sperm and egg combine? When the embryo begins to acquire shape in the process called gastrulation? Implantation in…
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