April 22nd through 28th is Infertility Awareness Week.
According to the CDC, 1 in 8 couples will experience difficulty getting or sustaining a pregnancy. For those with primary infertility, they are unable to get pregnant after trying to conceive for a year and secondary occurs in those who have been able to get pregnant at least once. Both can be heartbreaking.
Many people struggling with infertility experience sadness, frustration, anger, depression and disappointment. Friends and family can provide emotional resources but talking with those also experiencing infertility can be especially helpful.
Here are some resources to help you along your journey.
ObGyn Associates (319) 383-0395
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics 800-777-8442
Iowa City/Coralville General Infertility Peer-led Support Group for Women
Meets on the second Tuesday of the month from 6:30PM to 8:30PM
Location: Coralville, IA
Please contact Emily at firstname.lastname@example.org before attending your first meeting.
Parents with Empty Arms Support Group, St. Luke’s Hospital/Unity Point in Cedar Rapids, IA
This group serves families grieving a pregnancy loss through miscarriage, stillborn or death of an infant. Monthly group meetings are on the third Monday of each month at 6:30 – 8 p.m. in the Formal Lounge in the Resource Center. Preregistration is not necessary. For more information call (319) 369-7580.
Facebook Support Groups