With infertility affecting 1 in 8, it's likely that everyone has at least one friend or family member living with infertility.
- Ensure that people trying to conceive know the guidelines for seeing a specialist when they are trying to conceive.
- Enhance public understanding that infertility is a disease that needs and deserves attention.
- Educate legislators about the disease of infertility and how it impacts people in their state.
The THEME for this year’s NIAW is “#StartAsking” and is intended to motivate all that are part of the infertility community to commit to the cause, which includes asking:
- Employers for insurance coverage.
- Lawmakers and legislators to support issues important to the infertility community.
- The media to report on the real challenges of infertility.
- Friends and family to support the cause.
- Infertility specialists, OB/GYNs, primary care physicians and adoption agencies to support the cause.
- Those who have resolved their infertility to stay involved.
When the general public and general medical community understand infertility better, fertility challenged couples will be freer to talk about their condition, possibly experience less shame, and receive more support and more effectively access appropriate care in a timely way.
In the spirit of NIAW, I am asking you to take action by reading, learning and participating in this movement to build and sustain healthy families; this is in keeping with our mission as health care providers.
Michigan is in the forefront as a national leader in family building advocacy through efforts by the Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and its Michigan Infertility Advisory Committee (MIADCO) collaborating with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Upcoming relevant events and resource links available to you are as follows:
This is a great opportunity to be part of the conversation that molds public policy for infertility care here in Michigan.
The focus of the summit is as follows:
Date: Friday, May, 20, 2016.
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Place: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Novi, MI
Register on-line by May 2nd: http://goo.gl/forms/2y55PRFUBZ
Mike is a Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility specialist, founder and medical director of Michigan Reproductive Medicine and the Michigan Egg Bank. He shows his commitment to community service as Co-Chair of the Michigan Infertility Advisory Committee for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services; President of the Michigan Society of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility; President of the Michigan Oncofertility Society and Associate Professor, OB/GYN, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. Mikemb@mireproductivemedicine.com.