It’s the final day of National Infertility Awareness Week in the US and there are still lots of ways to get involved. Check out the website for events like the Walk of Hope if you live in the States, but those who don’t you can still support the week on social media using the hashtags #ListenUp #NIAW to help raise the profile of the week and the cause.
This year’s theme is “Listen Up!” and RESOLVE, the US support network, is hoping that anyone who cares about infertility can feel empowered to do something that makes a difference, either in your own family building journey or to help someone else. They are calling on everyone to “Listen Up!” and become part of the movement.
As part of National Infertility Awareness Week in the States, the national fertility support organisation Resolve has come up with the brilliant idea of ranking each state according to how fertility-friendly it is. The scores were based on a number of factors including relevant state legislation, the number of fertility clinics relative to the infertile population, the number of support groups and the insurance mandate climate in the state. They have produced a wonderful State Fertility Scorecard which gives each state a grade from A (most fertility-friendly) to F (least fertility-friendly).
Looking at the map, it seems that you are best off having a fertility problem on the East Coast with Massachusetts toping the table and New Jersey, Conneticut and Maryland in the top five states along with Ilinois. Meanwhile at the other end of the scale, Louisiana, Georgia. North Dakota and Kentucky all came out with very low rankings.
It’s a brilliant idea, and will help people with fertility problems push for better acknowledgement, help and understanding in the future. We have had a similar map in the UK with Infertility Network UK’s Funding for Fertility project, but this has changed with the introduction of the Clinical Commissioning Groups and it still isn’t quite clear what the map of the UK will look like in the future.