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Let’s take the fear out of fertility 🙌

This week, we’re all about National Infertility Awareness Week.

Here’s what we’re covering today 👇

  • #WhatIWantYouToKnow about fertility issues and finding help

  • Mental health & fertility: An interview with the Chair of the Mental Health Professional Group at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine

  • 5 ways to get involved this National Infertility Awareness Week

  • Fertility clinicians and clinic staff: Have you joined our Whole Patient Care Initiative? Make your voice heard this NIAW.

  • Thought for the day: Laura Bush writing on infertility.

📣  This week is National Infertility Awareness Week and the theme is #WhatIWantYouToKnow. Here’s some things worth knowing:

More than 1 in 8 of us will face fertility problems

Data suggests one in eight couples will experience problem getting pregnant or staying pregnant. But in reality the number of people facing a difficult journey to build a family is far higher: including those with chronic health challenges, single people, the LGBTQ community and people without access to quality reproductive healthcare. We’re going to be hosting stories, expert advice and events that tell the wider story and uncover ways to drive better patient experiences. See below for how to sign up to attend.

Stigma, silence and suffering go hand in hand with fertility struggles. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Patients knowing where to turn for exceptional care and support is vital. We are raising legal, social and medical awareness of the often unspoken pain of fertility fears, and making it easier for people to find clinics that promise whole patient care. Stay tuned for an exciting announcement on how we are bringing patients and clinics together.

Not all care is created equal

Through our Whole Patient Care Initiative, we’re celebrating great patient care where we see it. This week, when it matters most, we’re asking every reproductive health worker to take the ELANZA patient care pledge and show you care about providing respectful, responsible and responsive care. If you know someone who works in reproductive health: forward them this email so they can join others from across the USA and around the world by taking the Whole Patient Care Pledge!

#WhatIWantYoutoKnow #NIAW2021

🗣️ Here’s What the American Society for Reproductive Health’s Chair of the Mental Health Professional Group Wants People to Know:

“The rates of anxiety and depression are very, very high in fertility patients. It is such a stressful process and it taps down into the most primal part of us that yearning to build a family. And so when it doesn't work or when there's obstacles or snags, it just grabs hold.”

Read, listen or watch our full interview with clinical psychologist Dr. Lauren Berman:

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🟠 5 Ways to Get Involved With NIAW 2021:

  1. *TODAY* - “Getting Real About IVF - Why You Might Need More Support Than You Think.” Join us to hear from former patient Emma Menzies who will be generously sharing her own experiences of 6 years undergoing IVF, what she learned, and her subsequent transition into helping other people through fertility coaching. Monday 19 April, 11am PT / 2pm ET / 7pm GMT via Zoom. Free sign up.

  2. “Beyond the Stereotypes: How Clinics Can Better Meet Patients’ Needs.” We’re excited to hear from the incredible Professor Marcia Inhorn from Yale University about how fertility clinics can be more patient-centric and meet different patients’ needs, drawing on findings from her decades of academic research and patient interviews. Tuesday 20 April, 11am PT / 2pm ET / 7pm GMT via Zoom. Free sign up here.

  3. Let’s Fix Fertility! We’ll be asking *you* to join us in amplifying the message of National Infertility Awareness Week by sharing a post on your social channels. You can also tune in to our live patient-council conversation online - details to follow! Wednesday 21st April, throughout the day. Further details to follow.

  4. White, Straight, Rich: Does Fertility Have a Diversity Problem? Gabriel Bogner, founder of MATE Fertility, will be talking about access to fertility care and how he plans to shake up the industry. Friday 23rd April, 11am PT / 2pm ET / 7pm GMT via Zoom. Free sign up here.

  5. Join the Whole Patient Care Movement. If you’re a patient or former patient please consider sharing your story to help further research - you can do this anonymously here. If you work in reproductive health, join your colleagues in the USA and around the world by standing up for patient centric care by taking the “pledge” today!

    To keep up to date with our full plans for the week as it unfolds - and find out more ways to support NIAW, visit here.

🖊️ ATTENTION: Fertility Clinicians and Clinic Staff - don’t miss out on a chance to stand up for fertility care today!

Clinics everywhere are advocating for respectful, responsible, and responsive care. Patients want clinics committed to providing exceptional patient care - get your clinic on the list by taking 2 minutes to pledge your values. We are celebrating those who join the movement: JOIN US in taking the Whole Patient Care Pledge today. If you’ve already signed it, hit reply to ask about more ways to get involved with ELANZA.

This National Infertility Awareness Week, together let’s dial up patient-centric care in the fertility industry!

💭Thought for the day

"The English language lacks the words to mourn an absence. For the loss of a parent, grandparent spouse, child, or friend we have all manner of words and phrases, some helpful, some not. Still, we are conditioned to say something, even if it's only, ‘I'm sorry for your loss.’ But for an absence, for someone who was never there at all, we are wordless to capture that particular emptiness for those who deeply want children and are denied them. Those missing babies hover like silent ephemeral shadows over their lives. Who can describe the feel of a tiny hand that is never held?" - Laura Bush [shared by Dr. Lauren Berman]

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