As the country prepares to honor servicemen and women who have given their lives, military members and veterans this Memorial Day, a veteran spending bill confirms good news for wounded soldiers and their families. A recently approved Senate bill includes a provision to allow the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to cover the costs of assisted reproductive technology, including IVF.
This week is National Infertility Awareness Week 2016, and the theme is #StartAsking. This campaign encourages anyone who has experienced infertility to do such things as ask employers for insurance coverage, call for better protections from lawmakers, and seek support from family and friends, while educating the public that infertility is a disease that affects 1 in 8 couples of reproductive age.
A blog by Stephanie Levich, Family Match Consulting, February 29, 2016
Here's the scary reality: one of our presidential candidates is lobbying to end the existence of IVF. As someone who, not only helps clients have children through IVF, but is also a parent because of IVF, I take this very personally.
Using Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) to create your family can be overwhelming, confusing and stressful. Those who enter this world enter a daunting maze, difficult to navigate and filled with pitfalls. Many spend years spinning their wheels on the wrong track, only to realize that they "did not know what they did not know".
There seems to be a direct correlation between the number of celebrities talking about their infertility struggles and the greater acceptance of IVF and fertility treatment. For years, couples have kept their visits to the fertility doctor under wraps due to the taboo of being labeled ‘infertile’. With the timing of Jimmy Fallon’s announcement that daughter, Winnie Rose, was born via surrogate after nearly five years of infertility treatment, miscarriage, and heartache, fertility treatment discussions have become all the rage!
June is World Infertility Awareness Month and we can’t think of a better time to be proactive about your fertility treatment. Here are five things you can do to take charge of your fertility and get started on the road to parenthood:
Miss USA contestant Jaclyn Schultz, a 24 year old from Michigan, is bringing more to the table than just a beautiful face and love of the arts. She is serving as the spokeswoman of Beautiful You MRKH Foundation, making it her mission to educate and empower women suffering from Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser (MRKH) syndrome- a condition which causes infertility or trouble trying to conceive. The cause hits close to home for Jaclyn because she was born without a uterus as a result of MRKH.
On Wednesday, May 8th, 2013, members of the infertility community will join staff and volunteers of RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association on Capitol Hill where they will address important fertility issues and legislation with Members of Congress.
It is the goal of RESOLVE and the infertility community to raise awareness and that by voicing concerns about infertility treatment costs, tax credits, and insurance, legislators will vote favorably on laws that can benefit men and women struggling to build their families with fertility treatment and adoption.
Current data says that 1 in 6 couples are struggling with infertility. Yet, you would never imagine such an astounding statistic given the number of women and men who suffer in silence. Despite being such a common disease, infertility is still a taboo topic. We feel shame, guilt, and embarrassment over trying to achieve something that comes so naturally to others: building a family.
RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association has organized awareness efforts around National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW) since 1989. Each year, RESOLVE features a new theme (this year is Join the Movement), new advocacy events, and creative ideas for you to get involved. Why suffer in silence when you can raise awareness, promote education, dispel myths about infertility, and share your journey? You might be surprised to find some of your closest friends and family have walked a similar path.
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.