Continuing the Conversation

I want to keep sharing other people’s stories or articles from around the internet this year, so here are three new posts to share.

3 Things to Say (and Not to Say) to Friends Experiencing Infertility

An article from Marriage and Family Therapist Kelsey Chun. She gives some really good advice on what not to say to someone experiencing infertility. I like that she encourages us to tap into our empathy by connecting their grief with how we feel in the moments of grief in our life. I would place a caveat in some of her what to say advice because sometimes tapping into our empathy will tempt us to share our own experiences and sometimes that’s not always appropriate. But a good article.

You’re not alone: Women share powerful stories of infertility and pregnancy loss in this new book

This is exciting because it combines two of my passions – Opening up the Conversation on pregnancy loss and infertility and books. Ariel Ng, along with Caroline Starr and Allison McDonald Ace, started a new website called The 16 percent that interviews women who have experienced pregnancy complications which eventually launched this book, Through, Not Around. I love that title. It comes out this month (Feb 19th) and it’s one I will keep my eye out for.

Miscarriage shouldn’t be the ‘Voldemort’ of pregnancy — thanks Kelly O’Dwyer for naming it

The title of this article got my attention. Kelly O’Dwyer left her political position in Parliment, in part, due to a miscarriage that she experienced. It makes headlines because this, along with menstruation and breastfeeding are apparently traditionally taboo subjects. But she brings light to it by this public statement. And the fact that she compares it to Voldemort (That Which Shall Not Be Named) is simply perfect for my nerdy heart.

If you have never experienced pregnancy loss or infertility, I can guarantee there is someone in your life who has.  While the above stories may not be the same experiences for everyone, they can definitely open that window to more understanding and empathy for what everyone goes through.  And for those of you who are in the midst of these unknowns or losses, you are not alone.  May these words uplift and encourage you today.

Do you have any posts or articles that have touched you or compelled you to share?

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