Black families are almost never depicted on billboards or in informational brochures on infertility. Yet Black women are 1.5-2 times more likely to experience infertility than all other women. The myth of Black women’s hyperfertility, a product of Black enslavement, continues to be perpetuated in our society while, at the same time, being the root cause of many of these factors for infertility. Factors, such as fibroids, make getting pregnant and having a successful pregnancy more difficult — Black women experience these complicating conditions 3 times more than other populations.
It’s time to break the silence about fertility in our Black communities. Together with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (Delta Zeta Omega Chapter), this Collaboratory will increase awareness about Black fertility concerns. Reverend Stacey Edwards-Dunn will begin by sharing her personal experience with infertility, and how it led her to create the organization Fertility for Colored Girls (FFCG). FFCG provides education, awareness, support, and encouragement for African American women and couples experiencing infertility and seeking to build the families of their dreams. After, a panel of speakers will tell their stories, debunk myths, share resources, and discuss much-needed policy changes. To conclude, the audience will be invited to “Asking Your Reproductive Questions” any questions that a Black woman or couple might have throughout their fertility journey. Join us and be informed, get your questions answered, and learn how to support Black fertility. Because Black fertility matters.
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