In April, the Centers for Disease Control declared that racism is a serious public health threat. The inequities of systemic racism have contributed to disparities in housing, education, family wealth, and employment. These issues are critical elements of the health inequities that put communities of color at additional risk for poor health outcomes. Women of color need evidence-based resources that will help change those poor outcomes – but how do they find them? We are not qualified to speak to every health issue a woman of color might face. However, we can offer support and information to women of color who are facing infertility.
We’ve created this resource guide for women of color who are facing infertility. While many of these resources speak specifically to Black women, we are confident that there will be reliable information for many of our other BIPOC readers, as well.
Government Sites To Educate Yourself
The sites below are government sites for the education of citizens who are seeking information. The information within is not meant to diagnose medical conditions. Instead, the sites are designed to help you educate yourself and give you data-driven support for conversations with your medical providers.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Health Equity initiative
- CDC, on Racism and Health
- CDC, on Diversity and Inclusion
- CDC, on Minority Health
- CDC, on Women’s Health
- US Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health
- OWH, on Infertility
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Websites for Women of Color Facing Infertility
These links represent some of the most active voices in the infertility space for women of color. The community of infertility advocates of color is multiplying rapidly! Their resource lists and connections change regularly as a reflection of that growth. You can find their social media icons on their home pages if you want to connect on their social media platforms, too.
The Broken Brown Egg is a resource site created by a woman of color, for women of color, who are facing infertility. In their own words, “The Broken Brown Egg exists to empower, inform, and advocate for those questioning or experiencing the impact of infertility, with an emphasis on the Black experience of it.” Their resource page is updated frequently to help you network with other like-minded resources.
Fertility for Colored Girls “seeks to provide education, awareness, support and encouragement to African American women/couples and other women of color experiencing infertility and seeking to build the families of their dreams. Additionally, FFCG seeks to empower African American women to take charge of their fertility and reproductive health.”
BMMA (Black Mamas Matter Alliance) is a “Black women-led cross-sectoral alliance. We center Black mamas to advocate, drive research, build power, and shift culture for Black maternal health, rights, and justice.” Their resources cover a broad spectrum of maternal health issues and advocacy tools.
OSHUN Fertility exists specifically to help people of African and Latino descent build their families. In their own words, their mission is to “Educate and Empower People of Color by helping each Individual experiencing Fertility Challenges navigate through Family Building options without sacrificing Heritage, Cultural Needs or Gender Identity.” In addition to fertility services and medical care, they offer educational resources through a grassroots initiative to educate people of color about fertility health.
The Sister-Girl Foundation is a non-profit organization “geared towards providing awareness, education, support and advocacy for women with Endometriosis, Breast and Ovarian Cancers. We are committed to helping women who are suffering in silence find their voices and advocate for their healthcare.” They offer educational resources, advocacy tools, workshops, and much more.
The Tinina Q. Cade Foundation (Cade Foundation) is a non-profit organization that provides information, support, and financial assistance to help families overcome infertility. While providing resources to all people struggling to create a family, the foundation was founded by a woman of color and they provide some resources specific to women of color. They maintain an extensive list of grant programs to help families find help with adoption and fertility treatment costs. They also offer educational resources to share information about different pathways to parenthood throughout the nation.
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Additional Resources for Women of Color Facing Infertility
Finally, we’ve gathered a few additional resources from reputable sites that tackle the topic of women of color and infertility that we think you will find helpful.
- CreatingaFamily.org podcast, November 25, 2018, Why Women of Color are Less Likely to Get Pregnant with Infertility Treatment
- Audio clip from NPR, May 27, 2021, Black Women Try To Avert Medical Racism By Searching For Black Doctors
- Related story, from NPR, May 28, 2021, Trying To Avoid Racist Health Care, Black Women Seek Out Black Obstetricians
- From STAT, October 14, 2020, For Black women, the isolation of infertility is compounded by barriers to treatment
- From SELF Magazine, January 24, 2020, Infertility Rates Are Higher Among Black Women—So Why Do We Feel So Alone?
- From Resolve.org, Myths About African Americans and Infertility
- From Progyny.org, December 29, 2020, Inequality In Infertility: Black, Indigenous and People of Color
Educating Yourself about Infertility
Statistics tell us that black women are more likely to struggle with infertility but less likely to seek treatment. The resources in this guide can help you learn more about how infertility impacts women of color and what changes are happening in medicine and policy. We hope this guide is a tool to inform yourself and learn how to advocate for what you need to manage your disease and pursue a path to family-building that is right for you.
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