The stigma of shame and guilt that many African American women experience when dealing with infertility needs to be eradicated.
McLean, VA (PRWEB) April 08, 2015
RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association is pleased to announce that Tomiko Fraser Hines, model, actress, motivational coach, self-proclaimed “infertility overcomer,” and RESOLVE ambassador, has partnered with RESOLVE during National Infertility Awareness Week, April 19-25, 2015. Using the message “You are not alone,” Hines and RESOLVE seek to raise infertility awareness for the African American community; Hines will host a Twitter Chat on Thursday, April 23rd at 3 PM EST to answer questions about her experience with infertility and her family building journey.
During National Infertility Awareness Week, Hines urges African Americans in particular to seek education about infertility and family building options, as well as spread awareness of the disease to their family, friends, and healthcare professionals.
“RESOLVE is excited to again partner with Tomiko to raise awareness about the disease of infertility,” said Barbara Collura, President/CEO, RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association. “Our partnership will be especially impactful during National Infertility Awareness Week. Together we can spread the word to help people feel less isolated and provide them access to important resources during their family building journey.”
Hines is a fashion model and actress, best known for being the first African American face of Maybelline, from 2001-2007. Seven years ago, Hines was diagnosed with infertility due to premature ovarian failure, an autoimmune disorder. She and her husband began an emotionally draining journey and spent thousands of dollars, pulling from their retirement savings, on a number of different infertility treatments. After six years of trying to conceive, Hines and her husband powerfully chose to use an anonymous egg donor, and Hines gave birth to twin boys.
“I am committed to raising awareness about infertility, especially in the African American community,” said Hines. “The stigma of shame and guilt that many African American women experience when dealing with infertility needs to be eradicated. I hope speaking out about my journey, as an African American woman, will encourage others to do the same.”
For more information and to participate in the Twitter Chat, follow @resolveorg.
About RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association: Established in 1974, RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association is a non-profit organization with the only established, nationwide network mandated to promote reproductive health and to ensure equal access to all family building options for men and women experiencing infertility or other reproductive disorders. One in eight U.S. couples of childbearing age has trouble getting pregnant or carrying a pregnancy to term. RESOLVE addresses this public health issue by providing community to these women and men, connecting them with others who can help, empowering them to find resolution and giving voice to their demands for access to all family building options. For more information, visit http://www.RESOLVE.org.
About National Infertility Awareness Week® (NIAW): Founded by RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association in 1979, NIAW is a movement that raises awareness about the disease of infertility and encourages the public to take charge of their reproductive health. Each year the infertility community comes together for one week to focus on ensuring that people trying to conceive know the guidelines for seeing a specialist when they are trying to conceive; enhancing public understanding that infertility is a disease that needs and deserves attention; and educating legislators about the disease of infertility and how it impacts people in their state. In 2010 NIAW became the only federally recognized health observance for infertility by the Department of Health and Human Services. For more information, visit http://www.resolve.org/niaw.