National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW) is a movement that was founded in 1989 by RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, an organization that works toward “ensuring that all people challenged in their family building journey reach a resolution through being empowered by knowledge, supported by the community, united by advocacy, and inspired to act.” A federally recognized health observance by the Department of Health and Human Services, NIAW seeks to empower others and change the conversation around infertility.
As defined by The International Committee for Monitoring Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ICMART), infertility is a disease characterized by the failure to establish a clinical pregnancy after 12 months of regular, unprotected sexual intercourse or due to an impairment of a person’s capacity to reproduce either as an individual or with his/her partner.
Anyone can be challenged to have a family, no matter what race, religion, sexuality or economic status. Change begins with being part of a national movement such as National Infertility Awareness Week.
Alife is proud to support the infertility community and help educate others about the challenges many face when working to build a family.
As it stands, there are many, many myths surrounding infertility. These myths and misinformation regarding infertility can create stigmas that negatively affect those who experience it or influence lawmakers and companies to enforce policies that create barriers for people who need help building their family. For example, in a study conducted by Fertility Network UK, 50% of women receiving infertility treatments chose not to tell their employers due to concerns that their employers did not take them seriously. In comparison, 40% believed disclosing that information negatively affected their careers.
Fundamentally, the goal of NIAW is to spread awareness of infertility and help people understand it better so that more effective and appropriate policies can be developed. Specifically, that includes:
There are several ways to get involved with NIAW. You can start by downloading the official National Infertility Awareness Week Toolkit available on their website. This toolkit contains campaigns, initiatives, and events hosted by NIAW and is happening now. Here are some additional ways you can get involved:
For too long, infertility has been a topic that people shy away from. But, with ever-increasing misinformation spreading about infertility, organizations like RESOLVE are raising their voices to bring an end to how people talk and think about infertility. Now is the time to become a part of the change.
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