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Support During Mother’s Day

When you love someone with infertility, you know that part of this disease is enduring an emotional roller coaster. Often certain holidays or social situations can be a trigger for women and men.

With Mother’s Day on the horizon, we asked women living with infertility to offer some tips for how to handle this time with your friend or loved one. Join the conversation on our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter for more ideas.

1. Acknowledge this day may be difficult for her. Ask what she needs for the day to be easier.

2. Ask her to pick a day where you and your friends can shower her with some special attention.

3. Educate yourself about her condition (if you know), what family building option she’s pursuing, or infertility in general. This website has information on all of that—use the search box.

4. Suggest that Mother’s Day celebrations for your family can be done at home instead of in a crowded restaurant with a ton of people celebrating.

Kim, RESOLVE Walk of Hope Chair and volunteer and her mother Kathy

5. Remember, she’s trying so hard not to take joy away from the mothers in her life that are deserving of a celebration, but sometimes the grief of her infertility is overwhelming

6. Just tell her you care about her and her journey. Start asking what you can do to help

I have donated to RESOLVE as a way to show my daughter, Kim, that I stand by her side and believe in the organization that has helped her walk this difficult path of infertility. Her hopes have turned into reality, and I believe that RESOLVE played a big part in supporting her in the goal of creating her family.”-Kathy Butler