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Miracles and Memories Pins
Help support the infertility community with the Miracles and Memories Pins. Read about the three colored lapel pin representing all aspects of family-building.
The Octuplet Debacle: Where do we go from here? by Geoffrey Sher, MD
The entire debacle surrounding the IVF “Octuplets” raises serious ethical issues. .At the same time, it sounds an alarm that it is time for all well intended people involved in Reproductive Health Care, to take action.
Infertility - Medical Forums and Bulletin Boards
Get your questions on infertility, pregnancy loss and adoption answered by therapists, doctors, attorneys and other professionals on INCIID.
Memorial Gardens: Introduction
A place to find peace and create a memorial to those who have been taken from us too soon and/or moved on before us
Women's support Group to Begin in February 2008-- New York City
A new women's support group begins meeting in February in the New York City area.
SEE the Video Web Cast with Geoff Sher, MD: New Breakthrough in IVF. Study Doubles IVF Success
A process that could markedly improve pregnancy rates from In Vitro-Fertilization (IVF) was reported in a study published in the prestigious medical journal Fertility and Sterility (F&S).
Infertility: the musical that's hard to conceive
Infertility: the musical that’s hard to conceive makes a very good start at removing the terrible stigma and taboo surrounding infertility. If ever there is a chance for those who don’t understand the pain to become sensitized to it, this play just may be the ticket they need. Warm-hearted and funny! This poignant off broadway musical written and composed by Chris Neuner follows the compelling, and heartfelt true-life stores of five “would-be” parents (more).
THE PAIN OF THE "PARENTING HOLIDAYS" FOR THE PRE-PARENT by Helen Adrienne
Reproduction is germane to being alive, human or otherwise. It sometimes seems that you are surrounded by babies: birds, bees, dogs, sloths, and more galling than anything, your friends or neighbors who aren't sure that they want a baby but find themselves pregnant by accident. That is, everyone and everything reproduces but you. Helen Adrienne gives insight into the emotional plight for those affected by infertility.
An Intimate Look at Intimacy
Intimacy is a powerful antidote for the many dimensions of the stress of infertility. Intimacy is palliative. Intimacy is satisfying. Intimacy provides comfort. Many if not most couples report that they feel much closer, much more intimate, by the time that their infertility is resolved. But the road to resolution can be filled with potholes.
The Sounds of Silence
Simon and Garfunkel sang of the “words of the prophets being written on subway walls and tenement halls” and prophetic words being “whispered in the sounds of silence.” As prophets themselves, they sang of “people talking without speaking, people hearing without listening.” This article is an invitation for you to ponder what “vision might have been planted in your brain [which] still remains…within the sound of [your] silence.”
Dealing with the Stress of the Holidays
The stress of the holidays is a topic that has appeared with regularity in articles and newsletters since 1979 when I began working as a psychotherapist with infertility patients. Rightfully so. Infertility is demanding and stressful. The Holidays are demanding and stressful. And in this case, one plus one equals way more than 2.
A list of abbreviations and internet acronyms frequently used.
A Grab Bag of Coping Skills by Helen Adrienne
Coping can be thought of as learning to get out of your own way. We all get tossed around in life and we all form defenses which make it possible to live in our early environment. When something as painful and demanding as infertility hits, we are called upon to adapt to an unwanted reality. Helen offers suggestions for new and more sophisticated coping styles which go beyond what we have had at our disposal.
INCIID Insights December 2006: A Grab Bag of Coping Skills for the Holidays
Coping skills are important at this time of year.
INCIID Insights Nov. 2006: Oh No Not the Holidays by Helen Adrienne
The holidays can produce some strong feelings which is absolutely normal if one is at any stage of diagnosis or treatment for the difficulty you are having in trying to conceive. Any and all feelings and their intensity at this time of year can be boiled down to a predominant issue: I don’t want to participate in forced gayety.
Assessing Information on the Internet
Although patients frequently visit consumer-related internet sites to help them make informed decisions about treatment, there is no clear way for these consumers to evaluate content within these sites. This article reviews the problem and offers suggestions to remedy the situation.
Breathing in the Now: Creating an Eye in the Storm
by Helen Adrienne, MSW, ACSW
Infertility is an emotional hurricane. And hurricanes wreak havoc. While it is not irrational to think and behave as if the only choice is to ride out the storm, it is not the only choice.