By: Andy Schwarz, Director of Public Relations

It’s a big week for Coulter client RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association. This week is National Infertility Awareness Week® (NIAW), when millions of women and men fighting the disease of infertility, healthcare professionals, psychologists and other thought leaders come together promote greater awareness about infertility. NIAW is a federally recognized health observance by the Department of Health and Human Services.

The week is off to a great start!  NIAW was announced on the Real Simple blog, infertility was covered in today’s issue of USA Today, and RESOLVE’s Executive Director Barbara Collura will appear on today’s broadcast of The Diane Rehm Show.  And we are just getting started!

This year’s theme is “Don’t Ignore Infertility.” We chose this important message because every voice that speaks out about the realities of infertility, and every act that acknowledges infertility as a medical condition with far-reaching social and emotional implications, helps tear down the wall of ignorance and silence that surrounds this devastating disease.

As a key event during NIAW, RESOLVE will welcome more than 75 women and men from across the country to Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, April 25, 2012, for its Advocacy Day.  Infertility advocates will meet with Members of Congress to gain support for the Family Act of 2011, S 965 / HR 3522, a bill that will provide eligible taxpayers a tax credit for the out-of-pocket expenses associated with infertility medical treatment.  Advocates will also discuss the need for permanent renewal of the Adoption Tax Credit in 2012.

One in eight U.S. couples of childbearing age is diagnosed with infertility.  On Advocacy Day, the RESOLVE community, including volunteers, patients, physicians, and friends and family who care about people with infertility, will meet with Members of Congress to share their personal experiences and educate our elected officials about the disease of infertility and the needs of the people who are diagnosed.

 National Infertility Awareness Week