Encouraging Women in Infertility
(FYI - this post does include an affiliate link which may result in me earning money.)
Let me ask you something: have you ever had a group of girls that supported you when things were rough, whether it be in church, in business, in recovery, even just at work? If so, then you know that great feeling that comes in not suffering through something alone.
I want to tell you about a group that I am SO genuinely excited for moms and hopeful moms to take part in. Here's their welcome message:
"Welcome to Moms in the Making, a non-profit faith-based fertility support group. Moms in the Making exists to support and encourage women on their journey to becoming a mom by sharing the hope and truth of God’s Word. If you are looking for support on your infertility journey, we are glad you found us!"
They're actually holding a conference this fall in Dallas! It's open anyone who is or desires to be a mother, and it will include breakthrough sessions, worship, prayer, speakers, giveaways, an after-party and more. (I've dropped a discount code below for those that want to attend!) You can view more about it on the Moms in the Making Group website.
As, I'm sure, have you, I've known several people who have struggled in having babies. Some are able to find the underlying cause; for others it's a mystery. Many keep trying and most succeed in the end. But it's a painful, long process nevertheless.
Here is a definition of the affliction from the Office on Women's Health:
"Infertility means not being able to get pregnant after one year of trying (or six months if a woman is 35 or older). Women who can get pregnant but are unable to stay pregnant may also be infertile. About 10 percent of women (6.1 million) in the United States ages 15-44 have difficulty getting pregnant or staying pregnant, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)."
Infertility isn't just a woman's problem, though. Fertility Answers states that 1 in 8 American couples are affected, and 40% of those couples can attribute the issues to to the male in the relationship.
I recently decided to become an affiliate with Moms in the Making, not because I have experienced problems with child-bearing personally, but because I think of all the loved ones and acquaintances in my life who've gone through or fear this pain. It's also very important, I feel, that this group is supporting women from a foundation of the Gospel.
I think of one sweet couple, in particular, who have experienced repeated complications with pregnancy: my dear friend Darsi and her husband, Alton. They were brave enough to post a raw and emotional video on YouTube about their journey, which really opened my eyes and my heart. The video gives an honest inside look at what it's like trying your utmost to have children successfully, and not knowing for sure if infertility is an underlying problem. I wanted to share their testimony here, in the spirit of spreading knowledge, support, and togetherness. While no two stories are exactly the same, none of us are truly alone. You can watch their video below:
These two beautiful people have miraculously been able to keep pushing forward in their pursuit of peace and search for medical answers, saying to me, "God is continuously providing for us." Does their struggle resonate with you?
The good news is that not only can we as women be there for one another, but the Huffington Post says that at least 85% of infertility cases can be treated with conventional methods. To find out how, check out this article at WomensHealth.gov.
As I mentioned previously, I am honored to spread the word about the upcoming Moms in the Making Conference. If you would like to meet other women going through a similar crisis, and hear from those who have survived it, get your ticket here, and use my personal discount code through September 15th: emilyjane. It will be a time of making real friends, collecting all the advice and encouragement you can take, and learning to find joy in the tough times. Let's battle this together!