National Infertility Association Asks Canadians to Conceive the Dream, Week of May 17th

    Infertility Awareness Association of Canada Announces its 3rd Annual
Awareness Week

    MONTREAL, May 14 /CNW Telbec/ - The Infertility Awareness Association of
Canada (IAAC), a national body representing Canadian infertility patients,
announced the launch of the upcoming Canadian Infertility Awareness Week,
which will honour those pursuing the dream of starting a family while
struggling with infertility. Canadian Infertility Awareness Week will run from
May 17- 23, 2009.
    "For too long Canadians facing infertility have done so in silence," says
Jocelyn Smith, President of IAAC. "With infertility issues so prevalent in
today's society, and thousands of Canadians having problems conceiving a child
naturally, we felt it was the right time to stand up and loudly and publicly
recognize the strength, courage and integrity of infertility patients
    No fewer than 17% of Canadians - over 700,000 couples- are unable to
achieve a pregnancy naturally and suffer from infertility during their
childbearing years. Unfortunately, only 22% of couples receive the medical
assistance they require.
    Beverly Hanck, IAAC's Executive Director says that the prevalence of
infertility in today's society is overwhelming. "The statistics demonstrate
that nearly 1 in 5 Canadian couples will face infertility issues," she says.
"And yet, despite the numbers affected, most individuals and couples facing
infertility do so silently, unwilling or unable to share their experiences
with friends or family.
    "That's the primary reason for the Canadian Infertility Awareness Week;
to raise awareness so that couples diagnosed with infertility will know that
there is support and education available to them. IAAC has 28 support groups
across the country and publishes its magazine, Creating Families, quarterly."
    Events will be held across Canada to raise public awareness of the
struggle of those who are experiencing difficulty conceiving or carrying a
pregnancy, including the Second Annual Walk to bring awareness to infertility
in Canada, in Victoria BC. Taking Place on Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 2 pm, the
walk will begin and end on the Parliament Buildings lawn. Beverly Hanck will
join Dr. Stephen Hudson (Director of Victoria Fertility Clinic) and Clementine
Hudson (Director of LIFEstreams) in addressing the crowd following the Walk.
    Events to mark Canadian Infertility Awareness Week are being planned by
infertility patient groups and individual clinics in cities across the

    About the Infertility Awareness Association of Canada

    The Infertility Awareness Association of Canada (IAAC) provides
assistance to Canadians who are experiencing difficulty conceiving or carrying
a pregnancy. For these people, the inability to conceive a child may be the
most profound medical and emotional challenge they ever face.
    IAAC has helped thousands of women and men make careful, well-informed
decisions about fertility treatment, adoption and childfree living.
    As the voice of the community for family building and fertility awareness
in Canada, IAAC is the only established patient advocacy group with a
nationwide network of support groups mandated to promote reproductive health.
Through information, advocacy and research, IAAC helps patients to embrace the
limitless possibilities before them.

For further information:

For further information: Beverly Hanck, Executive Director, Infertility
Awareness Association Of Canada, (514) 484-2891, 1-800-263-2929, Fax: (514)

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