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Preparing for Infertility Awareness Week and Advocacy Day
a blog by Fran Meadows, March 21, 2013
April 21-27th is National Infertility Awareness Week. Get creative with raising infertility awareness in your community! Like last year I have once again put together my video movement for others to share their stories of infertility with mentioning Resolve, The National Infertility Association. Share along what you will be doing to raise awareness. Let's join together for this movement! For information on how to get involved visit my website.
Also, my local library in Connecticut will have a book display to be featured during April 21-27th for NIAW with books on infertility and adoption. Since the library in town does not have many books on this topic, I thought why not support other authors in the infertility community. The display will contain my book as well as the books of many other great authors who donated a copy of their book to the library. I have also reached out to neighboring town libraries to see if they want to get involved with raising awareness with additional book displays.
Many thanks to the authors below for donating a copy of their book:
Elizabeth Swire Falker, Esq. P.C. - The Ultimate Insider's Guide To Adoption and The infertility Survival Handbook
Helen Adrienne, L.C.S.W. - On Fertile Ground: Healing infertility
Dr. William Schoolcraft, MD, HCLD - If At First You Don't Conceive
Krissi Marie McVicker - Ordinary Miracles: A Journey Through Primary and Secondary infertility
Diana Palmentiero and Lenore Pranzo of Fertility Wellness Group LLC - Your Fertility Story: A Guide To Writing About Your Experience
Another event that is approaching fast is RESOLVE's Advocacy Day. It will take place in Washington, D.C. on May 8, 2013. Last year I attended and met so many great women and a handful of men who joined in our efforts to speak out on the Family Act Bill and on the continuation of the Adoption Tax Credit. Being in the presence of so many brave men and women set the scene for the day to go out and let your voice be heard. It empowered you to be confident and share your story with all!
Advocacy Day 2013 will include the Family Act Bill which will create a tax credit for out-of-pocket costs associated with infertility medical treatment. This bill will potentially help thousands of people seek medical treatment that otherwise would be out of reach for them. Also included for the day on Capitol Hill will be The Women Veterans and Other Health Care Improvement Act which will improve the reproductive assistance provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs to severely wounded, ill, or injured veterans and their spouses, and for other purposes. This bill will provide access to fertility treatment for seriously injured veterans and their spouses, adoption assistance, permanent authority for VA to provide child care, and other elements.
I hope to join RESOLVE and the advocates this year on Capitol Hill. I am still arranging plans for the trip. It is difficult to work around family and finances to get there this year, but I am focused to try to do my best to get there. I hope that you too try to join the advocates speak out on infertility.
How will you raise infertility awareness for the month of April and week of National Infertility Week? I would love to hear it and if I can help you get the word out please let me know.