Five Phases of Infertility

by Adena and Amy When I was young, oh, I had plans. I was going to have six kids: three boys, three girls, each two years apart. I even had names picked out. I was going to be a stay-at-home mom and love every second of it, have the most organized house, cook the best meals and I even had a long list of things I would never do as a parent. Well, life doesn’t always go quite according to plan, does it? Let’s take a look at my list and count how many of those things actually happened. Le...
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Dealing with Infertility and Childlessness

One in every six couples will never be able to conceive a child. This can be a very painful realization for a couple who has dreamed of having offspring. The Family: A Proclamation to the World says, "We declare that God's commandment for his children to multiply and replenish the earth remains in force." Although some couples are not biologically able to become parents, they can become parents in every other sense of the word. The Hurt of Childlessness Couples who are not able to have ...
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Adoption: Building a Solid Foundation

Adoption touches most of our lives in some way. If you are not directly involved with adoption, most likely you know a neighbor, friend, or family member who is. 39% of Americans have "seriously or somewhat seriously" considered adopting. 64% have a family member or close friend who has been adopted, adopted a child, or placed a child for adoption (Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, 2002). Adoptive families have unique challenges. If they understand these challenges and learn...
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How do I Cope with Infertility?

By Krista T. My husband and I had been married about a year when we decided it was time to have a baby. It was all part of the plan I’d had had since I was a little girl. Imagine my surprise when the next step—the baby—didn’t come.  Since I have ten brothers and sisters, the idea that having children might not happen, never crossed my mind.  Years passed and it still didn’t happen. At first I was confused. Then frustrated. Then mad. Mad that I had kept my end of the bargain. I had been a ‘goo...
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