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From If to When: Wo/Men’s Infertility Education Event
August 23, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pmFree
National Infertility Awareness Week took place in April, but for those struggling with infertility, awareness of the issue is an everyday event. One in eight couples deals with infertility issues, and the demographics encompass all socioeconomic, racial, ethnic, and religious groups. If you haven’t experienced infertility yourself, most likely you have a friend, relative, or neighbor who is attempting to cope with the medical and emotional aspects of infertility. The media report on medical advances, publicize new statistics, and spotlight the importance of a healthy lifestyle, but the science can be confusing, the numbers can be misleading, and guidelines are always changing. Nobody should have to face infertility challenges alone. Answers to your questions are available.
An expert panel of medical and legal experts will speak at a community-wide Wo/Men’s Infertility Education Event on Sunday, August 30, 2015, at 7:00 pm at Temple Sinai, Atlanta, GA (5645 Dupree Drive, NW, 30327). Panelists include: Dr. Daniel Shapiro, a reproductive endocrinology and infertility expert with Reproductive Biology Associates; Dr. Angela Arnold, a psychiatrist specializing in infertility issues, post-partum depression, and psychopharmacology; and Lynn Holland Goldman, an attorney specializing in adoption and surrogacy. They will be joined by expectant mom Jenn Hobby, local radio host with KICKS 101.5, co-host of Atlanta Falcons Playback on CW69, and former co-host of The Bert Show on Q100, who will share her personal struggles with infertility. These panelists will provide important information and resources to support your family-building journey. A Q&A will follow the presentation, and the panelists will be available to answer personal questions after the program.
This community-wide event was inspired by a group of women from Temple Sinai who have faced challenges trying to create a family and know how vital it is to share information and provide support for others experiencing infertility. It is the inaugural event for a new WISH Support Group (Wo/Men’s Infertility Support Havurah) that will meet monthly at Temple Sinai to provide education and support on topics such as traditional and alternative medicine, legal issues surrounding adoption and surrogacy, matters affecting single-gender couples or singletons, and dialogue about what Judaism has to say on fertility, ritual and loss. As Jaime Gimpelson Ackerman, our moderator, expresses, “I always knew it was going to be hard for me to have children, but I never knew how hard. Infertility affects every aspect of your life and can make you feel so insecure and guilty about experiencing it. It is one of the hardest things a person can go through, and no one should ever go through it alone. I found asking questions and talking about it helped me understand it more and made me realize I was not so alone. We should all help and support each other!”
There is no cost to attend this event or the WISH support group. Everyone is welcome!
Please RSVP online at www.wishatlanta.org, or call Temple Sinai at 404-252-3073.