For many women struggling with infertility, or those who are childless by circumstance and not by choice, Mother's Day can be one of the hardest days of the year. On and around Mother's Day, we are inundated with messages about how mothers are the most wonderful, special people in the world - indeed, how being a mother is the most fulfilling goal a woman can aspire to in her life.
But what about those women who would wish nothing more than to be a mother, but can't? Those who have battled infertility in the past and not been able to build a family through treatment or adoption; those currently coping with an infertility diagnosis; those who simply by circumstance (a partner who doesn't want children, or remaining single) end up living a life with no kids involved? There are ways you can remember and honor these women too on Mother's Day, particularly those whom you may know are having difficulty coming to terms with the prospect of never getting to experience motherhood. You can give them gifts of hope, comfort, support and maybe a bit of much needed laughter. Let me share a few ideas with you here.