As awareness around infertility and fertility treatment grows, many people are becoming more familiar with In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). But what about all the other ways to make a family? While IVF is a great pathway to parenthood for many parents, it's not the only one!
Have you been impacted by infertility, struggled to grow your family, or simply know someone else who has? As co-chair of RESOLVE's 2022 Advocacy Day, Illume Fertility's Patient Advocate, and a former fertility patient myself, I am passionate about increasing access to fertility care and supporting families. Read on to learn why Advocacy Day is so important and how you can get involved from the comfort of your own home! Skip to section: What is Advocacy Day? When is Advocacy Day 2022? How to Get Involved in Advocacy Day Infertility & Reproductive Autonomy Why participate in Advocacy Day? Be an Advocate for Change More Infertility Advocacy Resources
As anyone who's been through in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment will tell you - it's no walk in the park! It's an amazing process that results in the birth of thousands of beautiful, long-awaited babies each year, but it's also very physically and emotionally taxing. We asked IVF veteran Katie what she would recommend as the best gifts for those going through treatment, and she helped us compile this ultimate gift guide for IVF warriors! Whether you're looking for must-have items for yourself as you start a cycle or want to show someone how much you care as they navigate their own IVF journey, there's something for everyone on this list. Skip to a specific section: Meet IVF Warrior Katie IVF Protocol & Planning Gift Ideas Embryo Transfer Day Gifts Gifts for Getting Through the Two Week Wait More IVF Resources
Pie: good. Pie for charity: delicious! For the sixth year in a row, our very own Dr. Ilana Ressler, a board-certified Reproductive Endocrinologist, will spearhead the Pies for Prevention program to help promote ovarian and breast cancer awareness. This has been a cause near and dear to her heart for quite some time. Each November, she devotes time and effort to baking delicious pies to help Sharsheret spread awareness and education, as well as support to patients battling cancer and their families.
Going through fertility challenges or losses can often leave you feeling very isolated. We're here to remind you that no matter what stage of the journey you're in, there is such a beautiful community ready to embrace you. Whether you're looking for financial grants to help you access fertility care, emotional support surrounding a loss, or other community resources, these organizations and advocacy groups are ready to meet you right where you are. Note: As some of these organizations deal directly with supporting families through loss, there are mentions of pregnancy and child loss that may be difficult to read. Please use your own discretion and take care of yourself by skipping over them if these topics are too tough for you at the moment.
Looking for some amazing products that will make your fertility journey a little bit easier and more comfortable? Or maybe you're simply searching for gift ideas for a friend or family member going through fertility treatment. No matter the reason, this fertility gift guide offers up some genuinely helpful suggestions - and bonus: all of these purchases go directly towards supporting Black small business owners! Here at RMA of Connecticut, we recognize the importance of uplifting and supporting the Black community, as well as helping to keep wonderful small businesses afloat. If you're looking to support small business and buy from Black-owned companies, we have some great ideas below. Read on to find out our top 12 recommendations!