“Infertility” is such a strong and intimidating word. The word “infertility” implies that a woman might never get pregnant. We should always try to make space for the possibility of future pregnancy!
Fertility is a topic that is near and dear to my heart because of my own journey. I was dedicated to my education, training, and career for 15+ years, got married at the age of 39, and began trying to start a family at age 40. After five failed cycles of IVF, I was able to become pregnant via egg donor and delivered my twins, Sydney Renée and Rémy Vaughn, in September 2016. It took courage, persistence, determination, and a lot of support from those around me to get through it all.
My experience, along with the stories of so many women I have cared for as a medical provider, are what inspired me to start the Babies After 35 website and Facebook community. Speaking of the Facebook community, if you aren’t yet a part of our group, click here to join. It is a very supportive community!
Through my work and presence on social media, I hear the stories of many women who experience difficulty getting pregnant. If this is you or someone you know, one of the best things to do is to become more educated on the topic of (in)fertility. It’s not typically a subject readily talked about until one is experiencing it, but where should you go to find trustworthy information?
Here are some great resource websites I recommend:
- Resolve: The National Infertility Association
- NIAW– Infertility Awareness
- Babies After 35– You can find a variety of articles in the “fertility” section to learn more about this topic.
There are also several great books on this topic!
Some of the community favorites in the Babies After 35 Amazon shop are the following:
I hope these resources are helpful. If you are currently on your own fertility journey, stay hopeful. If you know someone on that journey, please share this info! Also, be sure to join us over in the Babies After 35 Facebook group for more resources and to connect with other women on their fertility journeys.