During the holidays, multiple sources pull at our ever-tightening purse strings and a hundred 'donate now' appeals make their way into our in-boxes. We dig deep to thank those who serve us all year round, with end-of-year tips. We wait on long lines at the cash register, to buy presents for loved ones or food to serve them at bountiful feasts. Despite the ravages of a slowly-receding recession and the considerable uptick in taxes taken from already too-small paychecks, we also look for ways to give back to those who have less than we do.
Those grappling with infertility and its heartbreak do not have the backhanded luxury of waiting on long, unending lines to buy the latest Disney flick or Fisher Price Laugh and Learn. They are waiting silently, instead, for pregnancy test results, or for anxiety-laden conversations with their partners about what to do next. Others may have been blessed with much-wanted children, yet need support to cope with the unexpected and overwhelming medical conditions they did not bank on, such as premature birth or disability.
A number of organizations work year round to support those who need information, support and guidance, in order to have the healthy babies they have dreamed of sharing their lives with since they themselves were small. All of these nonprofits benefit from financial support and volunteerism, from people like you. Won’t you consider reaching out today, in order to make someone’s tomorrow, one that includes a healthy family?
American Fertility Association – Committed to serving all people, The AFA was the first infertility non-profit to take a public stand on behalf of the LGBT community’s right to have healthy, safe families. Members of their board and staff received death threats tacked onto their doors and hate mail in their in-boxes, yet did not stop pursuing this important work. With a strong focus on going where they are needed most, this organization currently works non-stop on behalf of our military men and women, in order to educate them about protecting their fertility during combat.
Fertility Within Reach – Recognizing that knowledge is power, FWR strives to coach and educate patients to advocate effectively for themselves within the doctor’s office, at family gatherings, at their places of employment and with their legislators. Founded by a former infertility patient, FWR is run with compassion, understanding and an unrelenting focus.
March of Dimes – Despite ever-increasing efforts by infertility specialists to decrease the number of multiple births born through assisted reproductive technology, many twins and triplets are still conceived and often, born too early, with devastating results to both babies and moms. The March of Dimes works hard to decrease this number by educating women about their reproductive health and the steps they can take to ensure both healthy pregnancies and hearty babies.
Mothers of SuperTwins (MOST) – When multiple births happen, these much-loved and wanted babies may need extensive care and their exhausted parents, a strong support network which can supply emotional comfort and common sense information. MOST is comprised of families, professionals and volunteers committed to making the road a little easier for those with twins, triplets and other high-order multiples.
Giving feels good. Through giving, we replenish ourselves as well as the world. Won’t you reach out and make a difference today?