I started becoming active in various Facebook Groups around the time we “went public” about our surrogacy journey in January 2014. I joined several MRKH groups, as well as surrogacy groups and learned a great deal about the process. But there was no place that was just for us MRKH ladies trying to become mothers, sort of a combination of both types of groups. I found several MRKH girls were also starting their journeys this year, or had recently completed theirs (how exciting!!) and started chatting with them all on a regular basis individually but wanted to find a way to have group discussions so we could learn from each other’s experiences, and provide support and encouragement for each other. I
decided it would be a great idea to start a Facebook Group.
So on March 20, 2014, I created a Secret group on Facebook called “MRKH Mothers” a secret group means no one can see it exists (you can’t search for it), no one can see if you belong to it, or what you post in it. You can only be invited by current members and approved by admins. This safety was important to me, the topics we discuss are personal and emotional, and many of the ladies are very quiet about their journeys. Since it is secret, recruiting members was a concern of mine, I made an announcement on the main MRKH pages about the group, and within 2 days we had over 50 members! I was completely surprised and now less than 3 weeks later we have 68 members, and get new requests to join almost daily.
It continues to amaze me how supportive and understanding all the ladies are, and it’s incredibly comforting to be surrounded (virtually) by other women in a similar situation. I have learned so much from everyone, some of the women are expecting children currently, through surrogacy or adoption, and we even have a Grandmother or two in the group! What great knowledge and wisdom they can provide us.
If you’re interested in joining the facebook group, send me a message :-) we’d love to have you!
I recently met with Amy Lossie, the founder of the Beautiful You Foundation (who I recently found out works less than a mile from me!!) and discussed the group and how we can work with BYMRKH to hopefully increase donations. I thought it would be cute to have baby onesie’s available for new mothers with the BYMRKH slogan “My Mom is an MRKH Warrior” we also now have shirts “I’m an MRKH Warrior MOM” That I hope to get the chance to wear one day.
Check out our store: http://www.zazzle.com/mrkhmoms
Bram's Birth Story
Ways to Save Money
Things not to say to IPs
Tips for newly diagnosed
Mothers with MRKH
Our Gender Reveal
2000- Chrissy dx w/ MRKH
2002- Chrissy & Lee meet
2007- Chrissy & Lee Marry
2009- Chrissy 'hysterectomy'
2013- Awarded Cade Grant
7/3/14- IVF egg retrieval (5)
1/18/15- Embryo Transfer (1)
9/29/15 - Bram born!