With NIAW, the organisation aims to empower people dealing with infertility and help open the conversation and break down stigma. Sometimes, an event like this can make it easier for people dealing with infertility to broach the topic with friends and family members.
According to RESOLVE, “all too often, myths and misinformation appear in media stories or influence lawmakers and companies to enforce policies that create barriers for people who need help building their family. And still people feel isolated when they struggle to build a family, so we want to empower them to share their story and find a community that cares.”
While this is an American initiative, the aims are certainly relevant in the UK and other countries around the world, particularly where infertility is a taboo topic.
National Infertility Awareness Week aims to:
Enhance public understanding that infertility needs and deserves attention.
Ensure that people trying to build a family know the guidelines for seeing a specialist.
Educate lawmakers about how infertility impacts people in their state.
NIAW uses the colour orange to represent compassion, passion, and warmth. Ideally, organisers feel like this healing colour can help people “recover from disappointments, a wounded heart, or a blow to one’s pride. Studies show that orange can create a heightened sense of activity, increased socialization, boost in aspiration, contentment, assurance, confidence and understanding.”
RESOLVE focuses on helping people find access to care, advocating for people dealing with insurance coverage and legislation, providing support and community, offering education, and raising awareness.
National Infertility Awareness Week takes place on the following dates in the coming years:
April 24-30, 2022
April 23-29, 2023
April 21-27, 2024
April 20-26, 2025
In the US, the National Infertility Awareness Week became a federally recognized health observance by the Department of Health and Human Services in 2010. If you are interested in learning more, you can follow RESOLVE on social media, or get in touch.
RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, 7918 Jones Branch Drive, Suite 300, McLean, VA 22102
Have you seen any awareness raising or information about NIAW online or on social media? Do campaigns like this make you feel supported, and would you like to see a similar initiative focused on the UK? Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
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