National Infertility Awareness Week 2019
Starting a family is a very exciting time but can be met with complications and an influx of stress when things do not seem to go as planned. Infertility may feel very lonely at times and as if there is no one else experiencing similar situations. In reality, 7.3 million women and men are living with infertility. National Infertility Awareness Week is a national movement during the week of April 21-27th that unites millions of Americans who want to remove the stigmas and barriers that stand in the way of building families. This week provides awareness for a community to share stories, ways to get involved and have a platform for current news and resources.
NIAW is dedicated to providing support and awareness to any family who is in the process of building a family. While providing a community of hope and positive energy, the goal is to inspire people to take action through empowerment, knowledge and advocacy.
“National Infertility Awareness Week®, (NIAW) is not just about awareness for one week, it is much more than that. NIAW is a movement that, since 1989, has set out to reduce stigma and educate the public about reproductive health and issues, that make building a family so difficult for so many. It’s also a movement to empower those whose lives are forever changed when they struggle to build a family. This is our time to work together as a community and boldly kick down the barriers that impact millions of people each day.” -NIAW
Through organized events, fundraising and social media awareness, NIAW is able to spread a open conversation and knowledge about infertility. Advocating and lending a supporting hand can be done through many different activities, on and offline during National Infertility Awareness Week.
Walk of Hope: Is a main fundraising event for NIAW to represent the infertility journey- a series of small steps filled with hope and a reminder that no one should walk this journey alone. Funds raised from the walk support the resolve program, which includes support groups, resources, public awareness initiatives and advocacy efforts.
Social Influence Award: The National Infertility Association presents the social influence award to advocates who are trying to conceive, adopt or living child free. Use the hashtag #InfertilityUncovered during the week of April 21-27th to shine a light on your experience.
Host an Awareness Event: Participants have the option to host an event during National Infertility Awareness Week. It can be a local event or a awareness event online, but the goal is to bring people together to share their stories and spread awareness.
Advocacy: To be an advocate to the cause- there are options to donate, fundraise or be a partner. Choosing to be an advocate is vital for providing resources that will support the mission to improve all of the lives of the millions of Americans living with the disease of infertility.
“We are proud that our practice, and Dr. Mary Wood Molo, in particular, can be involved in raising awareness leading to more fertility solutions and open dialogue for our patients and families,” -Madeline Molo, Managing Director, Center for Reproductive Care.
If you are impacted by infertility or know someone who has been through this journey, remember it is a very personal one and usually navigated through silently, but that doesn’t mean it should be. NIAW is designed to combat the secrecy of infertility while providing a safe space to share, advocate and support anyone who has been impacted.