What exactly is infertility? Infertility affects the reproductive system and is often diagnosed after a couple has gone a year of trying to get pregnant, or if the woman has suffered from multiple miscarriages and the woman is under the age of 35. If the woman is over 35 years old, it is diagnosed after 6 months of unprotected, well-timed intercourse.
Ultimately, there isn't one reason as to the underlying cause of infertility for both men and women. There are many conditions, some which can be diagnosed with the help from an OB/Gyn. But other times it requires additional testing and specialists.
This year, infertility awareness week is April 18-24, 2021. Did you know that...
1 in 6 Canadians experience infertility.
1 in 4 pregnancies experience a loss.
Since becoming a maternity and newborn photographer, I've become very aware that many clients, family & friends have or still are struggling with infertility. This month, newborn photographers around the world will be sharing photos of empty buckets in honour of you.
We understand seeing all of the beautiful newborns we share can be heartbreaking when you're waiting for one of your own. These photos are meant to honour the families still hoping/praying for their little miracle and to raise awareness on how often women struggle in silence. They are also a gentle reminder that we will be here to celebrate with you and create meaningful, timeless images for you when your baby does arrive.
You are not alone. This week, and every week, I'm thinking of you and praying that you'll soon be able to have your little miracle. When your time comes, there will be a bucket waiting for you.
Clients / followers, feel free to share these posts to your timelines, favorite mom groups, share your personal stories, or share your favorite resources. If you would like to share your story but are hesitant about people in your life knowing, you're welcome to message or email me and I will be there to listen. You do not have to struggle in silence. You are not alone, and you never will be alone.