Rachel's cry of barrenness in Genesis 31:1,"Give me children, or I'll die!" is a wail that still echoes around the world, as one in six couples experience infertility. Infertility statistics are staggering: nearly 6.1 million women and 2.1 million married couples inthe United States will experience difficulty having a child.
Onlookers, and sadly even churches, often treat these "empty arms" couples with indifference, platitudes, criticism, or minimize the pain of miscarriages and stillborn babies. Couples struggling with infertility say they often feel alone and ostracized in their own churches and families. As a result, many infertile couples grow desperate, and some like Rachel, even feel suicidal when denied the one dream they have had since childhood-having a baby.