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Many people dream of one day having a child, and when that proves to be difficult or impossible, it can be a tumultuous journey. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 12 percent of women have difficulty getting pregnant or carrying a baby to term. And of men seeking help, 18 percent were diagnosed with infertility.
For couples or single folks hoping to one day raise a child, infertility can be disruptive and heartbreaking. But having online communities of people going through the same thing can make a major difference. The following bloggers speak to men and women who need their support the most. For anyone dealing with infertility, these blogs are worth a read. They offer hope, advice, comfort, and most importantly, honesty.
The Infertility Voice
Keiko Zoll is a professional writer. In 2009, as a 26-year-old newlywed, she was diagnosed with premature ovarian failure. She had begun blogging anonymously, but that all changed when her “What If" video went viral in 2010. In 2012, The Infertility Voice was born, and Zoll has since taken on several contributors. On the site, you’ll find stories and information from several women who live with infertility — all inspiring, engaging, and real. There’s even a column from the other side of infertility, called “Ask an Egg Donor.”
Dreaming of Diapers
Dreaming of Diapers kicked off in 2013. For three years, this blogger posted updates about the fertility treatments and trials she was going through with her partner. But in October 2016, their son was born through a surrogate, his own aunt. Now, the blog bounces back and forth between motherhood and reflections on infertility. In a recent post, the blogger acknowledges that women seeking support for infertility might be discouraged by her success. So, in an effort to be true to her audience and offer continued support, she will refrain from posting baby photos and continue to be a voice of comfort.
Life Without Baby
Many women who struggle with infertility have to make peace with living without a child. That’s Lisa Manterfield’s story. She struggled with infertility for years, and blogged about it for five, before deciding motherhood simply wouldn’t be for her. In 2010, she wrote a book about it, which she followed with this blog. For women who have decided it’s time to make peace with their infertility, or for those who simply want to know what life is like on the other side, this blog is all about feeling the freedom to decide when it’s time to stop “trying.”
A Cup of Jo
Joanna Goddard has had a fruitful career in journalism, working for magazines like Cosmo and Glamour.com, among others. Now, A Cup of Jo is her full-time gig when she’s not busy raising her two sons. Though her interests are eclectic, Joanna has written a number touching personal stories about her infertility journey. The blog also has numerous other contributors, offering a variety of perspectives on fashion, food, women’s health, culture, well-being, and so much more.
Bubbles and Bumps
Camella and Simone are best friends who met through their husbands, who are also best friends! When they met, the duo had no idea just how much they would have in common. That is, until both couples began trying to get pregnant. Discovering their shared struggles with infertility, the women decided to blog together at Bubbles and Bumps about their experiences. Camelia and her husband have since had a baby, whose adorable photos you’ll see on the blog. But you’ll hear from both women that the journey to parenthood isn’t always easy. You’ll read their personal stories as well as educational posts, like a recent one on a typical timeline for artificial insemination.
Starbucks, Peace, and the Pursuit of a Baby
Chelsea and Josh have been married for over 10 years. For much of that time, they’ve been wishing and hoping for a baby. But they haven’t only been wishing and hoping — they’ve been going through fertility treatments, too. On her blog, Chelsea has documented their whole journey. She’s currently pregnant with twins, but pregnancy isn’t the end of the journey. In recent posts, Chelsea is very open about her worries and fears after some test results showed potential complications. Read her story, and send her your thoughts and prayers.
Melissa Ford has been blogging about infertility since 2009. She and her husband, Josh, have twins who were conceived with the use of fertility treatments. The family of four is trying once again for an addition. Besides sharing their new journey, this blog is a great resource for women going through infertility. It offers links and information on adoption, infertility diagnoses and treatments, and living child-free.
Don’t Count Your Eggs
Maya is 35 and married to Noah. For several years, the couple tried having a child, with no success. During that period, Maya began writing about their experiences on Don’t Count Your Eggs. The couple welcomed a child in 2015, but Maya’s experiences with infertility have forever changed her. Unlike some infertility bloggers who’ve had children, Maya is dedicated to continuing the infertility discussion. On Mondays, she blogs about parenting after infertility, and on Fridays, she posts about infertility itself.
Since May 2012, Our Misconception has been an outlet for Candace and Chris. But more than that, it’s been a place for other couples dealing with infertility to seek support. Candace and Chris began actively trying to have a child in 2007. They would attempt nearly every fertility treatment possible before finally having Jellybean through a surrogate in 2014. Since adding a little one to the family, the blog has evolved, naturally. However, the couple is committed to advocating for those who still face infertility. Their posts always tie parenthood and infertility together in a compassionate, thoughtful way.
Lisa Newton and her husband Tom have lived through infertility and come out the other side with their daughter, CJ. But Lisa’s dedication to the cause means she maintains this blog, writes for other sites, and continues to advocate for others dealing with fertility struggles. There’s a lot of content worth checking out on Amateur Nester, but we really like the Infertility Stories section filled with personal stories from more than 80 people who have one to tell.
The Path to Fertility Blog
The Path to Fertility Blog is run by the Reproductive Medicine Association of Connecticut, a specialty clinic. But what you’ll find on their site isn’t medical jargon and dry content. Instead, the clinic goes out of their way to serve up engaging posts. They post everything from the latest treatments to relatable humor articles, like their “Effing Funny Fertile Friday" series.