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Infertility isn’t small talk

June 10, 2021

“When will you have kids? When will you make me a grandmother? You’re not getting any younger!” 

The pressure to start a family can be overwhelming for many couples, especially at family get-togethers like Father’s Day and Fourth of July. 

About one in eight couples struggle with infertility.

This week on the Mindful Headlines podcast, Dr. Lora Shahine, a Seattle-based fertility doctor with Pacific NW Fertility, explains why infertility isn’t small talk. She gives helpful advice on how to navigate uncomfortable situations, explains why stress and infertility often go hand-in-hand and offers tips on how to deal with the financial difficulties of paying for infertility treatments.


Read the KING 5 article on this podcast.


Additional resources

Fertility Out Loud

RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association

Dr. Shahine’s website and blog

Pacific NW Fertility


Infertility funding resources

Baby Quest Foundation: A nonprofit organization providing grants twice a year. More than 100 babies have been born through this organization to date. Shahine has been on the board of Baby Quest since 2015 and witnessed firsthand how hard founder Pamela Hirsch and her team work tirelessly to help recipients meet as much of the cost of the cycle as possible.

Apply for a grant with Baby Quest.

Tinina Q Cade Foundation (Cade Foundation): A nonprofit organization that was started in 2005 to provide information support and financial assistance to help needy infertile families overcome infertility.

The Hope For Fertility grants: This group established their national grant to help couples overcome the financial difficulties that come with infertility treatments. The frequency and amount of grants is based on the availability of funds raised throughout the year. Typically grants are awarded twice a year but may be more or less frequent. Grant amounts typically range from $250 to $5,000. A $50 application fee is required and is considered a donation, which may be tax deductible.

Learn more about applying for a grant with The Hope for Fertility Foundation.

Parental Hope grants: Their mission is to raise infertility awareness and provide emotional and financial support to hopeful couples battling infertility. They have grants for different types of treatment.

Apply for a grant with Parental Hope.

Aneden Gives: A nonprofit organization that believes fertility treatment should be accessible to all and that they are helping one family at a time.

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