Collectively Curated: Support for Moms Walking Through Infertility

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Few topics in the motherhood sphere are more tender than infertility. We all know someone who has struggled to conceive or has lost a pregnancy. Many of us have struggled ourselves. And even though 1 in 8 women’s lives are marked by infertility, this is still a difficult subject to talk about.

City Mom Collective values conversation and listening to the perspectives of moms who have been through really hard things. By sharing the stories of moms who have experienced infertility, we hope to help and support moms who are struggling in silence.

Seeking Infertility Treatment

None of these posts should be considered medical advice. Women should always consult medical professionals when seeking and making decisions about treatment for infertility. However, it is always valuable to read the stories of women who have been in the same or similar circumstances.

I Cannot Afford to Have Another Miscarriage

5 Reasons to See a Fertility Specialist, Even Without Obvious Fertility Issues

Infertility: IVF Q&A From a Mama Who Has Lived It

Is It Endometriosis? One Mom’s Real-Life Journey to Diagnosis

What I Didn’t Know About IVF

What an IUI Cycle is REALLY Like

Male Infertility: A Fertile Wife’s Greatest Fear

Struggling Through Infertility: You are Not Alone

If you are struggling with infertility, it can feel like you are the only woman in the world without a baby in her arms. Sometimes it can be helpful to read other women’s stories about the pain and heartache- but also the hope.

National Infertility Awareness :: Marked by Infertility

Infertility: You Never Know How Bad You Want Something Until You Ugly Cry in Chili’s (Part 1)

Welcome to the Sisterhood of Infertility

From Needles to Natural: God’s Plan in Our Infertility Journey

Secondary Infertility

Secondary infertility is a unique pain, and yet, it rarely comes up in the conversation surrounding infertility and loss. But we need to be talking about the experience of trying and struggling to have another child after a successful pregnancy.

Dreams on Hold:: Secondary Infertility, Pandemics, and my IVF Journey

10 Perfectly Normal Emotions Felt When Dealing With Secondary Infertility

Second Time Around: Infertility Doesn’t Get Easier

This Is the Face of Secondary Infertility

What I Wish You Knew About Secondary Infertility

Supporting Friends Through Infertility

We all want to be a trusted friend. We want to be the one our friends come to with their grief and frustrations. And yet, sometimes we struggle with what to say and do. These resources all offer great suggestions on what to say, what not to say, and how to be most helpful to our friends walking through infertility.

What to Do (and What Not to Do) When Your Friends Are Dealing with Infertility

When Your Friends Say the Wrong Thing :: National Infertility Awareness Week

When Your Friend is “Infertile”

Infertility: Supporting the 1 in 8

Supporting Your Loved One Through Infertility

Pregnancy and Parenting After Infertility

Women who have walked through infertility will tell you that the experience of loss and/or struggling to conceive marks their subsequent pregnancies and parenting in many ways.

Wishing We Weren’t Done: Letting the Baby Things Go after Infertility

Pregnancy After Infertility

Additional Resources for Infertility Support

RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association offers resources, education and support for those walking through infertility. National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW) was founded by RESOLVE in 1989 and works to empower women to change the conversation about infertility and loss. They have a great list of podcasts and books on the subject, as well as many, many other resources and ways to find support.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has a helpful FAQ page with answers to questions about evaluation and treatment for infertility.

The Hope for Fertility Foundation offers grants to families to families across the US struggling with infertility. They offer financial assistance to help pay for treatment, surrogacy, and adoption.

The Tinina Q. Cade Foundation also offers grants in the form of financial assistance to families going through infertility.

You’re Allowed to Complain About Your Kids, Even After Infertility from The New York Times

At some point, everyone will be touched by infertility. If you are walking this painful road or have a friend or family member who is, we hope these resources from City Mom Collective and others will be a source of infertility support, hope and healing. 

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Elizabeth was raised in Houston and met her husband Ryan shortly after graduating from Texas A&M with a journalism degree. A few years later, Grayson {Sept 2010}, turned Elizabeth’s world upside down, not only with his sparkling blue eyes and killer smile, but with his profound disabilities and diagnosis of Mitochondrial Disease. After two years of navigating the world of special needs parenting, Elizabeth and Ryan were blessed with Charlotte {Jan 2013} and Nolan {Sept 2015}, perfectly completing their party of five. Elizabeth and her crew live in Katy, Texas, and when she can steal a few moments for herself, she can be found out for Mexican food and margaritas with girlfriends, binge-listening to podcasts and audiobooks, or trying once again {unsuccessfully} to organize her closet. In addition to her role with City Mom Collective, Elizabeth is the Managing Editor for Houston Moms. You can connect with Elizabeth on Facebook, Instagram or elizabethkbaker.com.

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