Mother's Day can be a particularly difficult time for individuals and couples who struggle with infertility. I am one of those individuals (1 in 6). I have been trying to conceive for 4.5 years, and I’ve done ALL.THE.THINGS. The holiday is designed to celebrate and honor mothers, but for those who are unable to conceive, it can bring feelings of sadness, loss, and even guilt. Another year has passed, and I’m still not a mom. My feelings towards this day have grown and changed as I’ve gotten older. Instead of focusing on what I don’t have, I focus on celebrating my own mother (she’s the best), and feeling compassion with the new and expecting mother’s I work with in my career as The Mama Coach. My private struggle and my career are separate entities. I will always feel a burning passion for supporting new moms with their babies, no matter the outcome of building my family.
I have been very public and transparent with my journey with multiple IVF failures (we’re on round 6!). I am happy to bring attention and understanding to those with infertility in a candid way. Infertility on Mother’s Day means someone you know might be struggling in private, feeling overwhelmed or experiencing a sense of loss. On this Mother’s Day I am delighted to be a part of this campaign to see all women on Mother’s Day - including my infertile sisters. For all of you who have been trying to conceive, had a failed treatment, had a failed cycle or miscarriage along your journey, you’re not alone. Do not let this define you, you are more than your reproductive system; I see you, I hear you, I feel you and I am one of you. I send baby dust to all of you this Mother’s Day.
This year for Mother's Day, we want to emphasize the importance of motherhood, in its many shapes, sizes, and circumstances. We will be showcasing a few of the various types of maternal love we are privileged to witness in our Stitch World. While there are so many ways to mother, we're shining a spotlight on the magical moms around us.