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  • Writer's pictureMahaley Patel, LMFT

Empathy and Understanding: A Parent's Role in Helping Daughters Cope with Infertility

By: Mahaley Patel, LMFT, Clinical Director


Infertility can be a challenging and emotionally draining journey for anyone, and supporting a loved one, particularly your daughter, through such a difficult time requires empathy, understanding, and support. In this blog post, we'll explore ways you can support your daughter, or loved one, emotionally, communicate effectively, and help during this sensitive period.



Open Communication


The first step in supporting your daughter through infertility is establishing open and honest communication. Create a safe and non-judgmental environment where she feels comfortable expressing her emotions, fears, and frustrations. Encourage her to share her thoughts and concerns, and actively listen without offering immediate solutions. Acknowledge her feelings and validate her experiences, letting her know that you are there for her, no matter what.


Educate Yourself


Infertility is a complex issue, and understanding the medical, emotional, and psychological aspects is important. Take the initiative to educate yourself about infertility treatments, procedures, and the emotional toll it can take on individuals and couples. This knowledge will not only help you empathize with your daughter's situation but also enable you to have more informed discussions about her options and decisions.


Be Empathetic


Infertility can be isolating, and your daughter may feel a range of emotions, including sadness, guilt, and frustration. Show empathy by acknowledging her pain and being sensitive to her feelings. Avoid offering unsolicited advice or making dismissive comments, as these can unintentionally add to her distress. Instead, offer a listening ear, a shoulder to lean on, and a supportive presence.


Offer to Attend Appointments Together


There are many appointments leading up to and during fertility treatments. Offer to attend appointments with your daughter if she would like additional support. If she prefers to go alone or with her partner, that is okay too. Knowing she has the option for additional support is still helpful. 


Encourage Self-Care


Infertility can take a toll on both the body and mind, and it's crucial for your daughter to prioritize self-care. Encourage her to engage in activities that bring her joy and relaxation.  If there are barriers to get prioritizing self-care, such as caring for other children, finances, time, etc., explore if there are ways you can take something off her plate so she can prioritize self-care. 


Respect Privacy


While open communication is important, it is also important to respect your daughter's privacy. Infertility can be an intensely personal experience, and there may be moments when she needs time alone or with her partner. Let her take the lead in deciding how much information she wants to share with you or others. Let her know that you are there but do not pry for information or take it personally if there are things she wants to keep to herself. 


Celebrate Achievements Beyond Motherhood


Remind your daughter that her worth goes beyond her ability to conceive. Celebrate her achievements, both personal and professional, and emphasize the importance of who she is as a person, not just her ability to conceive. Reinforce the idea that motherhood is just one aspect of a fulfilling and meaningful life.



Supporting your daughter or loved one through infertility requires empathy, communication, and offers of assistance. By creating a safe space for open dialogue, educating yourself about infertility, and actively participating in her journey, you can provide the support that she needs during this challenging time. Remember that your role as a parent is not to fix the problem but to be a source of love, understanding, and encouragement as she navigates the path towards building her family.


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If you find yourself in need of support, don't hesitate to reach out and schedule a session. Our dedicated team at Empty Nest Counseling is here to help you navigate life's challenges and transitions with care and compassion. Whether you're experiencing difficulties related to the milestones of becoming an Empty Nester or new grandparent or finding balance in how you relate to your adult children, our therapists are ready to support you. We offer both in-person and virtual therapy. Schedule a therapy or vitality coaching session with us today and take the first step towards a healthier you. Remember, you don't have to face it alone – we're here for you.


If your daughter is in need of professional help or community support, please let her know that she can reach out to us as well. Our dedicated team at Ready Nest Counseling is here to help her navigate life's challenges and transitions with care and compassion. We offer both in-person and virtual therapy. She can schedule a therapy session with us today as we have counselors with immediate availability.


Ready Nest Constellations are specialized spaces for your daughter to connect in a new way and find community and support along her journey. We have a six-week Infertility Unexplained support group led by a counselor with specialized training to support her. Encourage her to join the Infertility Unexplained waitlist today by emailing groups@readynestcounseling.com with Join the Waitlist: Infertility Unexplained in the subject line. She'll be contacted when the start date is set for the Constellation to launch the next round of the group. We have several other Constellation groups that may be a fit. You can read more about our Constellations on our website.


Through this group format, your daughter will learn how to process where she's at in her journey, how to survive in the present, and how to cultivate and sustain coping tools for the future. Meeting online, she'll be able to connect with others from all over the world, bringing a sense of unity and diversity to her experience. Prior to the group's start date, she'll receive a beautifully curated box of resources and tools to use through the six weeks.

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