Honoring National Infertility Awareness Week in Pennsylvania - Speaking to loved ones about their infertility

National Infertility Awareness Week runs through April 22 - 28. Currently 7.3 million Americans are struggling with infertility. Infertility does not discriminate based on age, religion, sexual orientation, or economic status. Many couples and individuals in Pennsylvania struggle to build their families.

Often people fail to realize that infertility is a trauma that impacts Pennsylvania families. However, the experience of infertility has the potential to bring out the best in the family system, promoting growth and well-being among family members.

In honor of this week and in support of RESOLVE, The National Infertility Association, keep in mind the following suggestions when supporting a loved one who is dealing with infertility.

● Do not attempt to deny or minimize involuntary childlessness either by avoiding the topic or offering empty platitudes like, "Everything will be fine" or "Just relax".

● If it is difficult to know what to say, tell the couple rather than saying nothing. Ask them what you might say or do that would be helpful.

● Respect the boundaries the infertile couple sets regarding their infertility. Some couples prefer a high level of privacy about infertility while other couples may choose a more open approach.

● Emphasize the importance and value of the couple (and each partner) in the family. Families need to be sensitive about the needs of the infertile couple, particularly around child centered family gatherings. It is important that they understand the infertile couple's decision not to come to a particular event may be important.

Our office of western Pennsylvania family law attorneys are dedicated to helping couples and families through this difficult time. It is our pleasure to help couples and individuals grow their family. Schedule a consultation to speak to one of our attorneys today about Pennsylvania surrogacy law, IVF, Pennsylvania adoptions, or other assisted reproductive technologies.

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