Parenting After Infertility
In most ways, parenting after infertility is no different from general parenting. Your life is filled with getting your kids to sleep, maybe try new foods, and succeed in school. However, you are a different person and a different parent because of your struggle with infertility. It is worth thinking about some of the unique ways that infertility affects your parenting style.
Parents who conceived with the help of sperm donation, egg donation, surrogacy, or embryo donation (third party reproduction) also need to decide how and when to talk with their children about their conception. We have a separate section with many resources to help you.
Creating a Family has many resources for Parenting After Infertility. Here are a few more we think you will find particularly helpful:
- I Want to Adopt. My Partner Does Not. (article)
- How Do You Tell Your Friend with Infertility You Are Pregnant? (article)
- Transitioning from Infertility Treatment to Adoption (article)
- Adoption After Infertility: Does the Sadness Go Away? (article)
- Infertility After Adoption: Weighing the Issues (article)
- Coming to Terms with Infertility Grief Before You Adopt (1 hr. podcast w/ expert)
- Living With Infertility (1 hr. podcast w/ expert)
- Suggested Books for Older Parents by Adoption and Fertility Treatment (curated book lists)
Many more Creating a Family podcasts, articles, fact sheets, and Q and A’s with Experts on how infertility can affect parenting can be found at the icons below.
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