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Coping with the Emotions of Infertility and Pregnancy Loss

Highlights from November 18, 2009 Creating a Family radio show

 

Our guest was Martha Diamond, a psychologist that specializes in infertility and loss, a survivor of infertility herself, and co-author of Unsung Lullabies: Understanding and Coping with Infertility.

  • Infertility affects so many layers of your life including your relationship with your spouse, friends, and extended family.
  • Everyone has a story of how their life will turn out, including a reproductive story. What happens when that story goes awry?
  • How to cope when surrounded by pregnant woman and new parents when you’re struggling trying to conceive.
  • Prepare in advance how to handle baby showers, the holidays, and family gatherings?
  • Deciding whether to go or skip the event.
  • How to be self protective without cutting everything and everyone out of your life.
  • Suggestions on what to say when people are fishing around trying to find why you don’t have kids.
  • The stages of grief and how they apply to infertility.
  • Why do some marriages get stronger when faced with infertility and others fall apart?
  • Why “unexplained infertility” is so hard to deal with?
  • Does the diagnosis of the cause of infertility affect how people are able to cope?
  • How do the financial worries over fertility treatment affect spouses differently?
  • How to handle pregnancy loss in a society that doesn’t recognize this loss?
  • How to create a way to honor prenatal loss.
  • How do you know when to try again after a miscarriage?
  • How to find a therapist that specializes in infertility and pregnancy loss?

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