Being Single Is Not Infertility - Support for ALL Family Building
Family Building for Single Women
Life doesn't always follow a pre-visualized path. And each and every human being does not have the same dream for their lives. We don't all dream of a wedding, complete with white dress and flowers and vows.
A lot of us do though.
Infertility is so challenging. So hard on us, emotionally, physically, socially, spirtually and more. And more and more and more.
The friends of mine who were least sympathetic to my infertility crisis (and it was a crisis), were actually my single friends. In their eyes, I was still one step closer to having a baby because I had a committed partner; a husband, in my case.
Being single isn't being infertile. But if your heart is longing for a baby and your vision is that you are having that baby with another adult human being, then it may very well feel the same. You may have the same longings, frustration, sense of loss, and most of all, fears, that you will not have what you want in your life.
It takes a lot of courage to change your vision of your own life and allow for new and unfamiliar options. I, personally, struggle with change on a daily basis. It's become part of my routine and practice that I stay open to change, in big and small things and ways.
Becoming a parent without a partner is a massive change if you have spent your life dreaming of a family in a certain way. Making that shift, to seeing your family differently than you've always imagined takes, planning and rethinking; those concrete things are necessary.
Finding support, from back-up if the baby is sick to someone who simply understands what it's like to be a single parent by choice is what can bring comfort when making a transformative shift.
Read below for a group that met just last week, with women coming from all over the state of Connecticut. it was so well recieved that we are planning another date for September. Stay available to opening a door. We'd love to help you explore new options.
And stay tuned as well for a new website, supported by RMACT. New choices at Single Moms to Be.
Single Women Pursuing Parenthood: Next Gathering Planned for September 2013
Join us for a discussion group and social gathering for single women pursuing parenthood…or seriously thinking about it!
This is a chance to meet other women to talk about the decisions, anxieties, excitement and opportunities that you will face along the way to becoming a mother.
Possible topics may include:
• Choosing a sperm donor
• Talking to friends, family, and co-workers
• Creating a strong support system
• What do I tell my child?
Light refreshments will be served.
It will be facilitated by Lisa Tuttle, PhD, clinical psychologist. If you have any questions, please call Lisa at (203) 852-9099.
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About Lisa Rosenthal
Lisa has over thirty years of experience in the fertility field. After her personal infertility journey, she felt dissatisfied with the lack of comprehensive services available to support her. She was determined to help others undergoing fertility treatment. Lisa has been with RMACT for eleven years and serves as Patient Advocate and the Strategic Content Lead.
Lisa is the teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a program designed to support men and women on their quest for their families through gentle movement and meditation.
Lisa’s true passion is supporting patients getting into treatment, being able to stay in treatment and staying whole and complete throughout the process. Lisa is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, which is helpful in her work with fertility patients.
Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association (now Path2Parenthood), where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director.