Supporting the 16% of Canadians Who Experience Infertility
Sixteen percent of people in Canada have some experience with infertility. These three Canadian women aim to take the shame out of that experience.
Allison McDonald Ace, Caroline Starr & Ariel Bourbonnais Ng met when they worked together in publishing. Over the course of five years, they each experienced challenges with miscarriage and infertility and wrote about them. Caroline wrote about her experience with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and miscarriage. She was featured on Global News and Metro News. Ariel wrote about discovering she had low AMH (low egg reserve) after losing her baby at 8 weeks pregnant. Her article "Infertile at Thirty-Three" was published on She Does the City. Allison wrote about her late-term miscarriage with her daughter at 5 months pregnant for LoveMom.ca & Green Moms Collective. Each woman read about the others' experience and reconnected through the idea of providing a platform to share stories about infertility. They knew first-hand how crucial writing, sharing, and community was to the healing process after miscarriage and infertility.
Sharing Stories of Miscarriage, Infertility and Baby Loss
After their difficult experiences, Allison, Caroline, and Ariel were inspired to launch The 16 Percent, an online initiative dedicated to providing a safe space for people to share their stories of miscarriage, infertility and baby loss. It's also a place to read other people's stories of loss and to learn how they learned to live and find joy and purpose in their lives.
Their instincts proved right. Since launching in September 2017, not only has The 16 Percent created a positive impact in the community, but they've also signed a book deal. They'll publish a collection of personal essays on the topic of miscarriage and infertility with Dundurn Press (coming out in Fall 2018).