Being a Friend When It Matters Most

 

Infertility seems to invite people to say and do unintentionally hurtful things. Maybe it's because there isn't an obvious injury or irreversible loss. Maybe it's because friends expect the situation to be resolved, hopefully in a happy way: You'll either get pregnant, or you'll adopt, or you'll learn to appreciate the childfree life. It's natural and right for parents to be captivated by their own babies and children—so much so that the pain of not having a child or knowing whether you ever will, while constantly confronted by those who do, is impossible to imagine.

Click the arrows for some Do's and Don'ts of friendship with couples coping with infertility. 

 

 

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