You Are Not Alone: Turning Holiday Blues Into a Rainbow of Hope for Those Coping with Infertility

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Attain Fertility and RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association Provide Support Services Throughout the Holidays

The journey to parenthood is layered with many emotions and we want to be sure that people on this journey have all of the support they need.

The gathering of family during the holidays means many different things to many different people. While the thought of losing ourselves in the embrace of a happy and loving family can keep us buoyed at certain times, there are other times, especially for people dealing with fertility issues, when nothing feels lonelier or more isolating than being surrounded by our families. Well-meaning questions and the chaos of children underfoot, announcements of engagements, new jobs and new pregnancies can be enough to make us want to get a one-way ticket to a deserted island. No one understands this better than Attain Fertility, hosts to thriving online communities as well as providers of trusted fertility information.

“The journey to parenthood is layered with many emotions and we want to be sure that people on this journey have all of the support they need. While it can feel like the loneliest journey along the longest road, it’s important for people to first know that they are not alone. And secondly, there are many tools and tips we can offer to provide relief and even joy along the way,” says Sharon Brooks, Attain Customer Care Specialist at Attain Fertility® Centers.

Attain Fertility support services and tools include:

  •     AttainFertility.com, which provides helpful information about coping with holiday stress. Developed with the assistance of mental health professionals who specialize in working with women and men coping with fertility issues, the site offers suggestions on how to deal with grief; how to ask for support from others; seeking help as a couple; how and when to socialize; and how to maximize and maintain self care, among other important topics.
  •     A dynamic community of more than 10,000 fans on Facebook who offer support and suggestions to one another throughout their journey to becoming a parent.

The Attain Fertility blog addresses the issues people facing infertility are challenged with during the holidays, both from the medical and patient perspective. Attain Fertility Centers also support advocacy groups, including RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association who provide additional support services, including:

  •     An extensive list of state-by-state mental health providers
  •     Information and tools for coping with the holidays on their website
  •     Support Hotlines throughout the country staffed by volunteers who have who have first-hand experience with infertility and will respond to calls within 1-3 days

“It’s through the support of organizations like Attain Fertility Centers that we are able to provide support on both a national and local level,” says Barbara Collura, Executive Director of RESOLVE. “There are many ways to cope with the stress of the holidays, from deciding to forgo family or social gatherings and opting instead to spend time helping others or spending time doing something special with one’s partner. By having access to information and support, they’re in a better position to make decisions on how to manage the emotional minefields the holiday season can present. Our mission and message is one of empowerment.”

About IntegraMed America, Inc.
IntegraMed® America, Inc. manages highly specialized outpatient facilities in emerging, technology-based, niche medical markets and is the leading manager of fertility centers and vein clinics in the United States. IntegraMed supports its provider networks with clinical and business information systems, marketing and sales, facilities and operations management, finance and accounting, human resources, legal, risk management and quality assurance services. Attain Fertility Centers, an IntegraMed Specialty, is the nation's largest fertility network, comprised of 42 contracted centers with over 130 locations in 34 states and the District of Columbia. Nearly one of every four IVF procedures in the U.S. is performed in an IntegraMed network fertility practice. Vein Clinics of America, an IntegraMed Specialty, is the leading provider of varicose vein care services in the US, currently operating 36 centers in 13 states, principally in the Midwest and Southeast.

For information please visit: http://attainfertility.com/ for fertility, or http://veinclinics.com/ for vein care.

About RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association
Founded in 1974, RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, headquartered in McLean, VA, is the oldest and largest consumer-based, nonprofit group that provides education, advocacy and compassionate support for those struggling with infertility in the United States. Each year, RESOLVE and its nationwide network of affiliates and chapters handle more than 1.5 million contacts from people seeking information and help. For more information, visit the RESOLVE website at http://www.resolve.org.

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