#youarenotabadmother if you can´t conceive a child. Infertility is neither a punishment nor a sign.
Infertility is a distressing process that generates tension in women and their partners. They do not need advice or empty words, just support – let´s care for women.
Our society sends contradictory messages to women – on the one hand, it shows a romantic hearts-and-flowers portrait of how lovely maternity is, but on the other hand, it favors postponing maternity and prioritizes professional development, it is unsupportive of young women who wish to be mothers, it does not educate on the risks of maternity at a later age, and it does nothing about the environmental toxins that are the cause of many infertilities.
Women (and their partners) who do not achieve motherhood are often subject to judgmental comments that make it difficult for them to speak up about their feelings of pain or guilt, their grief. In many cases, infertility is compounded by the pain of one or more gestational losses and a great emotional and psychological exhaustion. They are painful, lonely processes.
Desire for motherhood, decision to become a mother, gestational losses, repeated fertility treatments are all part of a woman´s intimacy. Do not ask unless she wishes to speak about it, do not comment and, mostly, do not judge.
Mental health care providers trained in perinatal mental health can offer support. You are not alone!