It must be human nature to get caught up in the details of a journey and sometimes lose sight of the destination, no matter how glorious it may be. The same could be said of parenthood. Virtually every prospective parent has a vision of how their family is going to start. None involve an IVF […]
Telling your family and friends that you are infertile and going through the roller coaster of IVF may not be a walk in the park, but most people are fairly open with their infertility struggles. When they move to egg or sperm donation, however, many people become a lot more private and may not even be […]
One of the most challenging aspects of the infertility experience is dealing with the emotional ups and downs relating to medical treatment, the uncertainty about outcomes, and the challenge of having to make important decisions. Infertility can be one of the most distressing life crises that a couple experiences together. The inability to conceive a […]
Turning our attention inward is the gateway to learning another tool within the toolbox of resiliency. As we go through a family-building journey, it’s easy to be overcome with emotion. We want to slow down the process; keep our thinking from running away and creating anxiety, stress, and sadness. In order to be able to […]
What is ‘resiliency’? According to the American Psychological Association, resiliency is “the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress — such as family and relationship problems, serious health problems or workplace and financial stressors. It means “bouncing back” from difficult experiences”. Resiliency is not ‘a […]
So, how many times has someone said to you, “Just relax. When you can finally relax, I’m sure you’ll get pregnant!” Too many, I’m sure! That’s because people really don’t understand infertility. And that’s why RESOLVE developed National Infertility Awareness Week 24 years ago. Each year they focus on a different theme, with this year’s being ‘Join the Movement’
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RMANJ’s licensed clinical social worker Bette Galen, LCSW offers Holiday Coping Tips for couples trying to conceive. Holidays are stressful under the best of circumstances – shopping, baking, and planning family gatherings are just a few of the added stresses this time a year. Add to that the stress that comes with infertility and it […]