Guest Blog written by Shari Franks from Earthside Journeys
May 7-13th, 2017 is Infertility Awareness Week in Canada. It is an opportunity to bring to light the epidemic that exists for the many men, women and couples who are faced with the struggle of creating a family.
This is the time to talk about the medical diagnosis that is often misunderstood. I share my story to bring this issue to the forefront so that those who walk this path know that they do not walk alone.
Being vulnerable is never easy yet every work day I see women, and families, in their primal and often raw state. Labour and birthing, in the newness of early parenthood or while supporting their breastfeeding journey. I see it and I am forever thankful for the privilege!
Knowing this, I thought it was high time I shared a snippet in return so last week I posted 10 Random Facts About Me.
It was only in the midst of making my list that I realized how I've become professionally shaped (not defined!) by my personal experience. Intrigued? Allow me to explain 3 of these ways.
#1 I have a passion for supporting single moms! Whether they're solo by choice or by chance I have a heart for them. Why? It's simple really. By chance, in 2003, I found myself alone with a not-quite-2 year old daughter and 5 month old son.
#2 Now that I have experienced pregnancy loss myself I am better able to understand and serve clients who have/will walk the same road. Every story is unique but regardless of details, I get it. I know loss is real. It is ugly. It changes families forever.
#3 From my experience birthing abroad, I recognize how valuable postpartum support from an experienced professional truly is. It is for this reason I became a certified postpartum doula and breastfeeding support professional. Let's face it, so much happens in the early days and months yet our society offers very little support! Families are recovering from childbirth, getting to know their new baby and trying to function on little sleep. All this takes time and the journey should be simplified, honoured and supported for optimal family transitioning.
If you, or someone you know, could benefit from support in any of the capacities mentioned please feel free to have them connect with me. I am here for you!
#1. I'm a West Coast girl!
In addition to CCS and supporting families during their childbearing year Erin is a wife, and mother of three busy children. In her spare time she enjoys the outdoors, reading, cooking, and globetrotting.