SEATTLE - All week we are tackling the topic of infertility, but fertility treatments aren't the only way people build their families. Below is a list of resources to get you started.
Searching for ways to build your family, whether solo or as part of a couple, can be incredibly overwhelming. Depending on your set of circumstances, you may have just one or two paths available to you; or you may choose to consider several. Either way, for us, doing our research and learning as much as we could about each option helped us to feel more confident about choosing what was best for our family.
Here are a few resources to help you get started (please note, this is not a complete list; nor does this list necessarily indicate any sort of endorsement. This is merely a way to help you get started!)
This list is meant to evolve- I want to add any links that have helped YOU so that we can spread the message and help others. Email me: Kaci@Q13FOX.com to suggest a resource to add to this page and I will happily add.
RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association
What do we mean by "fertility treatments"?
LGBTQ Family Building:Click HERE for the LGBT Foundation's "Routes to Parenthood" for same-sex and trans parents.
In addition, several local fertility clinics have a focus on LGBTQ family building (here are just a few):
Adoption and Foster Parenting:
Choosing to live child-free after infertility:
Resources for pregnancy loss and miscarriage:
Super cool blog I followed during my journey along with others that might be helpful:
Financial assistance for fertility treatments: Treatments for infertility are sometimes partially covered by insurance, but it varies by company and by state. Baby Quest Foundation is a 501 C (3) charity that grants financial assistance for those who can't afford it. Click HERE for more information.
What about the partners? We talk a lot about the treatments themselves, but what about the partners of those going through infertility, or the partners of women suffering pregnancy loss or miscarriage? These all impact our partners, too. Here are a couple of interesting articles along those lines. I encourage us all to remember the grief and loss our partners feel throughout these journeys as well.