I found myself struggling to write this blog post. My first indication being my day-long procrastination and letting myself be easily distracted by other tasks. Don’t get me wrong, I love this topic – creating families – and I could talk and write about it endlessly! But today I struggled to find the right entry point into what I wanted to express.
That is, until I saw a post on our Facebook wall by On Infertile Ground – The Documentary, produced by Misconceived Films, Limited.
On Infertile Ground hopes to become a crowdsourced/funded documentary on the journey which so many people and couples silently face alone; infertility. It’s an impressive undertaking; the topic is not all that popular in the film genre and its fruition is largely dependent upon the financial contributions of others. And as stated on their website and funding page, some of the documentary team staff are personally experiencing infertility.
The project has a funding page which outlines the levels of contributions being accepted and shows the time remaining until the end of the fundraising campaign. Sadly, the countdown clock shows 30 days left, and funding is less than 50% of the goal. However, its noted that the corporate seed funding was supplied up front, and their current campaign is set up to help fill some gaps between the corporate and public funding they expect to receive.
Back to why this attracted my distracted mind. There were so many people that my partner and I met and got assistance from during our quest, our journey, for a family. Not that the twins were crowd-sourced, but in a way, perhaps they were. Our experiences, our
disappointments, led us to decisions and choices and people. And through this process, we eventually came to our surrogate and ended up joyously in love with our twins. So I suppose, yes, in a way, the twins were crowd-sourced. I can’t help but see parallels between the movie and our personal experience.
The topic of infertility is most certainly painful to someone who is diagnosed as such, and oftentimes they are sadly cloaked in shame. I see a need to talk openly about infertility insomuch that its non-discriminatory in its affectations. Its through open discussions, meeting new people experiencing the same, hearing about new options, choices and the paths those choices lead to, that we will continue to push and lean on science and medicine alike to find ways to bring infertility solutions into the forefront and make family a reality for many.
For that reason, I hope the movie On Infertile Ground reaches its goal; that the documentary team is successful in all its funding and filming. If it comes to Georgia, you can bet that I’ll be standing in line for a ticket. Check out their website to see who the sponsors are that believe in this effort – and you can find out the ways in which you can help too, if not through a donation or an encouraging word on their Facebook wall, but perhaps you could simply spread the word of this ambitious project. Like they said on their website, “Odds are you know someone who is facing infertility… and odds are they haven’t told you”.