JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — More Black women are embracing a topic once considered taboo: infertility.
”I started Fertility for Colored Girls, because I struggled with infertility,” Jacksonville mother Stacey Edwards-Dunn told Action News Jax.
She found out long ago that having a child would be difficult.
“This was not an issue or concern spoken about in the African-American community. Because the myth is that Black women, and couples in particular, do not struggle with infertility. That we’re hyper fertile.”
She quickly learned that was not the truth, but felt a shame around her diagnosis as “infertile.” But Edwards-Dunn said she quickly took her pain and turned it into ‘Fertility for Colored Girls.’
”The purpose of our organization is to raise awareness, provide education, increase access, and encourage women of color to access fertility care,” she said.
The group recently partnered with Brown Fertility Clinic in Jacksonville, after opening its 16th office in the River City.
”Patients are more comfortable with talking about their problems with infertility,” Dr. Samuel Brown said.
Dr. Brown is the Medical Director at Brown Fertility and has been practicing medicine for decades. He weighed in on the two big factor why women of color have difficulty conceiving.
”An increased rate of fibroids,” Dr. Brown said. “They require more fibroid treatment, and overall just acceptance of the facility, coming in, and asking for help.”
Action News Jax reporter, Meghan Moriarty, asked Dr. Brown if COVID-19 or the vaccine play a role in infertility.
”Currently, in regard to the coronavirus vaccine, the American College of OB/GYN does recommend that couples considering conceiving or having families get vaccinated,” Dr. Brown said. “Or if they are pregnant, also get vaccinated. There’s no reason to not be vaccinated.”
Dr. Brown encourages all women to seek proper medical treatment and advice when dealing with the struggle of infertility and to keep in mind they are not alone.
Another hurdle many face is the cost of fertility treatments. Fertility for Colored Girls has a list of 50 different resources to help with costs, including grants you can apply for. You can find those here.
As for Edwards-Dunn, she was able to have her first miracle baby, Shiloh. Even more wonderful news...she’s pregnant again!
”I’m very excited to say I am 17 weeks pregnant at 50-years-old with twins—identical twins,” Edwards-Dunn said. “We are extremely excited.”
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