When a woman first discovers her infertility, she can feel so alone. There is deep grief, loss, anger, disappointment, and unfulfilled expectations. She can even feel like God has let her down just when she needed Him most. Infertility can shake your faith. So how do you trust God again after pain and loss, and how do you find hope in the middle of your struggle? Many other women have walked this difficult journey. You are not alone. The following Christian resources answer many of the heart-wrenching questions you may have. You will find websites, books and articles that will help you sort through your fragile emotions and your pain and loss while providing you with hope. Most of these resources come from the hearts of women like you who have also walked the path of infertility with all of its unique challenges and heartaches.
Hannah's Prayer Ministries provides Christian-based support and encouragement to women around the world who are struggling with the pain of infertility, pregnancy loss, early infant death, and adoption loss. Their outreach extends to those who become mothers of living children through adoption and/or foster care.
Dancing Upon Barren Land is an online, Christian support ministry addressing the needs of those suffering through infertility. They minister by: inspiring belief in Jesus Christ, which brings joy and peace along the journey; offering tools to family members, friends, and ministry leaders; and ultimately building faith that there is an expected end to the road of barrenness.
The National Infertility Association is a nonprofit organization with the only established, nationwide network mandated to promote reproductive health and to ensure equal access to all family building options for men and women experiencing infertility or other reproductive disorders.
With the warmth and compassion of a licensed professional counselor and a Christian woman who has suffered miscarriage herself, Pam Vredevelt offers sound answers, advice, and reassurance to the woman fighting to maintain faith in the heartbreak of loss. This book is the essential guidebook through the agony of losing a child.
Hannah's Hope is for all who long for a child yet to be conceived, grieve for a baby miscarried, or have lived through the anguish of a failed adoption. Using the biblical example of Hannah from 1 Samuel 1 and 2, the author directs you to the source of your strength, the God of all comfort. Jennifer Saake and her husband, Rick, are the founders of Hannah's Prayer Ministries (www.hannah.org). Since their infertility battle began in 1992, the Saakes have lost ten children via miscarriages and failed adoption attempts and have been blessed with two living miracles.
When Empty Arms Become Heavy Burdens: Encouragement for Couples Facing Infertility by Sandra Glahn, William Cutrer
In this updated edition of their popular infertility resource, Sandra Glahn and William Cutrer offer hope and encouragement to couples struggling with infertility. They focus on the emotional and spiritual issues these couples face, but also provide reproductive advice and detailed information on medical issues, fertility treatments, and alternative possibilities. The discussion questions, reading suggestions, case histories, and personal testimonies offer additional help to couples in this sensitive situation.
It's OK to Cry: Finding Hope When Struggling with Infertility and Miscarriage by Malcolm Cameron, Nick Cameron
In It's OK to Cry, husband and wife Malcolm and Nick Cameron, share their story of infertility, miscarriage, and grief over remaining childless. If you’ve had to reconcile yourself to the idea of childlessness, the single life, career loss, or debilitating illness, It's OK to Cry can help you rely on God and draw you into a deeper devotion to God.
Among the Fruitful: Navigating Infertility with Hope, Wisdom, and Patience by Amanda Hope Haley
Amanda Hope Haley had married David, the man of her dreams, and earned a master’s degree from Harvard. She and David purchased their first home and settled down to start a family. All her hopes and dreams were coming true according to plan—until the family didn’t happen. After spending seven years begging God for a child, Amanda discovered that God gives only one hope: Jesus. Amanda having a baby wasn’t to be her happy ending. Finding wholeness by hoping only in God was her happy ending!
Have you ever felt like God has let you down just when you needed him most? For Alex Gee it was the loss of his second child at birth. For others it is death, divorce, financial ruin, physical disability, or a host of other trials we face in the world. In these moments of crisis, our view of God is challenged and our faith is shaken. With refreshing candor in this book Alex Gee offers true companionship ? though not easy answers ? as you search for the way to hope.
Outside the Womb: Moral Guidance for Assisted Reproduction by Scott Rae, D. Joy Riley
According to research, the number of Americans who use in-vitro fertilization and other available means of assisted reproduction is constantly increasing ? Americans use in-vitro fertilization (IVF) at a rate of 236 per 100,000 ? for a total of more than 70,000 nationwide. And that’s just IVF; many other means of assisted reproduction are increasingly available. We can expect more and more Christian couples to make use of reproductive technologies as well.
But how ethical are these treatments? What key issues should couples wrestle with before using any type of assisted procreation? Medical ethicist Rae and Dr. Riley examine these issues in Outside the Womb and equip Christian couples to consider moral, biblical, and personal perspectives before taking the next step. The authors don't condemn assisted reproductive technologies (ART), but they do call Christians to give careful thought to what God intended for the family and to the ethical issues involved in various fertility treatments. Readers of the book will be better equipped to think morally and biblically about ART, both as a social issue and as a personal issue that affects their own friends, church members, and families.
The Infertility Companion by Sandra L. Glahn
Infertility changes everything, shattering dreams and breaking hearts. But help is available today more than ever. This book focuses on important questions including: how can we make moral, biblical decisions about medical treatment; can people of faith ethically use high-tech infertility treatments; and how the stress of infertility on marriage can be minimized.