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Woman organizes infertility conference
Family building event Saturday
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Forsyth County News

• For more information on Saturday’s conference, go online at or e-mail Kate Badey at

• Badey’s local support organization, one of four Resolve groups in Georgia, meets from 10-11:30 a.m. on the third Saturday of each month at Northview Counseling, off Ga. 400’s Exit 13.
When Kate Badey decided it was time to start a family, the choice didn’t come easy.

The Forsyth County woman and her husband were having difficulty getting pregnant.

Badey started piling up books and researching infertility.

“I was so hungry to have the information, to have the family that I’ve always wanted,” she said.

She started driving an hour each way to a support group of others going through the same experience.

Noticing many of the other women also traveled from Forsyth, Badey formed a county-centered support group through Resolve, the national infertility organization.

In a little more than a year, she’s become a Southeast coordinator for the group.

In fact, Badey and other volunteers have organized the Atlanta Family Building Conference on Saturday, which marks the final day of National Infertility Awareness Week.

The event, set for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Cobb Galleria Center, will feature 18 educational sessions led by experts and a parent panel in which five women will share their experiences.

“It’s an opportunity for people to get an entire day’s worth of information,” Badey said. “They could go to literally 12 different sessions and hit everything that they could possibly want to know about infertility.”

Topics range from egg freezing and adoption laws to relationship building.

The conference also offers the appeal of a support group on a larger scale.

Volunteer and Forsyth resident Carla Yonadi said it also gives women the opportunity to meet others experiencing infertility.

“It’s a lonely, scary process to go through,” she said. “I didn’t know where to go and who to talk to and what was available for me.”

Yonadi met Badey in the local support group, through which she learned pregnancy difficulties are more common than most would like to admit.
Four months ago, Yonadi gave birth to her first child, Paul, but she continues to be involved in the cause.

“It’s changed me forever,” she said. “It’s driven me to have the passion and go out and get the word out.”

For those going through the experience, there’s a lot of information to process. For those who haven’t, there are misconceptions.

“People who haven’t been through infertility don’t understand that it’s not as simple as walking through a door,” Badey said. “There are no guarantees to have a baby.”