Our daughter Lily was conceived after about 2 years of trying. There were some breaks in there because of the miscarriages that we went through.
She was born at 36 weeks 3 days (or 4 days?) so a bit premature, after having almost been born at 30 weeks, and with me having had contractions for 8 weeks in total.
It’s NIAW (National Infertility Awareness Week) and since I realized it’s going on, I suppose I will write about it. It’s been awhile since I have written about our journey through my infertility.
1 IN 8 COUPLES STRUGGLE TO BUILD A FAMILY
The CDC tells us that is 15% of couples in America. Infertility does not discriminate based on race, religion, sexuality or economic status. You never know how badly you want something until you are told that it may not be possible.
My infertility shows up in the form of multiple miscarriages. According to Resolve: The National Infertility Association infertility is a disease or condition of the reproductive system often diagnosed after a couple has had one year of unprotected, well-timed intercourse, or if the woman has suffered from multiple miscarriages and the woman is under 35 years of age. If the woman is over 35 years old, it is diagnosed after 6 months of unprotected, well-timed intercourse. From the FAQ.
We had 4 miscarriages from 2008 – 2010. Lily was only born thanks to multiple interventions. One reason we’ve decided not to try again is because of my infertility history and not wanting to intervene again and go through all the stress again. It’s not a main reason, but it is a reason.
Infertility should matter to everyone. If you don’t believe me or don’t understand why, you should read this. I’m not going to recap it, but please read it, and please help spread awareness. Share my post, share your own story, share information from Resolve, help spread the word!