Infertility Awareness Week: Chattanooga woman uses struggles and pain to empower others
More than six million women in America battle infertility issues, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.
One Chattanooga woman is using her struggle to empower others.
“This was the hardest thing that we’ve ever had to deal with in our lives," said Brittney Lord.
That is how she described six long years of her life.
Lord faced infertility problems, gave birth to twins, had two miscarriages, then lost a newborn son.
“We like to say that we’ve come out on the other side stronger and better than ever," Lord said.
All of that inspired her to become a counselor and start “Enduring Hope." It's a group for those experiencing the same pain.
“It’s enabled me to be able to pour into other people and be able to help them," she said.
“It’s given me more of a sense of purpose through the pain that I’ve experienced."
The group meets at the Fertility Center in Chattanooga.
Dr. Joseph Bird said this is not just a woman’s problem.
“40% of the time it’s a combination problem," he said on Tuesday.
"A little problem with the woman and a little problem with the man."
But there is help for almost any problem.
“The biggest challenge is to help people believe that there is hope," Bird said.
One of the most common forms of treatment is in vitro fertilization. It is typically a five to six-day process.
The development of technology over many decades has solved problems to millions.
"It makes it possible for anybody to become parents," Bird said.
Lord uses her work to encourage others.
“Their journey is common to other people," she said.
"The grief experience that they’re having does not make them odd, does not make them weak. It makes them normal."
Enduring Hope typically meets on the first Tuesday of every month at the Fertility Center.
Lord said plans for the future may include inviting men to join the group and starting a separate group for them.