Fertility Journey Survey: Findings

Many women would have liked the support of a fertility coach from the beginning of the fertility journey and believe it would have reduced much confusion, fear, frustration, overwhelm, and the slide toward depression. In February, I began surveying women about their experience with the pursuit of parenthood and the fertility challenges that came up for them. […]

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Fertility Awareness: Am I Infertile?

April hosts National Infertility Awareness Week. What exactly are we talking about here? As a general rule, the medical community considers a couple to be infertile if they have not been able to conceive after one year of regularly trying without contraception. If a woman is 35 or older, six months without a conception under these […]

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Survey Closing

The time has come for me to bring the survey process to a close. I am awaiting a couple more responses, and then it will be final. Overall, I have collected over 40 surveys and interviews through this effort and had the pleasure of connected with wonderfully candid and open people. Each story is unique […]

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Fertility Journey Survey: Status Update

Thank You Again Thank you, everyone who has responded and participated so far. I am approaching the end of the survey process. Then it will be time to review all the information I’ve gathered, sort it, and draw some conclusions. I’ll be posting an overview summary of findings here once I get to that point […]

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Fertility Journey Survey: Wonderful Response

Thank You I am so inspired by the response to my request for survey participants. Thank you everyone who made referrals and who came forward to participate. The response is truly beyond my expectations. How wonderful! I am doing the interviews by phone, in-person, or via an electronic version of the questions. And then there’s […]

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Request for Help: Surveying Challenges

As many of you are aware, I’ve taken a very long and winding road to motherhood. I know, first hand, this time of year can bring an even heavier emotional weight with it when a woman is working towards creating a baby. For example, it’s hard to see everyone making merry with the egg nog while you are […]

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Acceptance: A Game Changer

As you continue your journey towards gaining and sustaining a healthy body image, healthy self-esteem, and practicing nurturing self-care, it’s worthwhile considering the powerful practice of self-acceptance. Self-acceptance is a conscious action motivated by a desire to feel a deeper sense of peace with your self and in your life experience. It’s not about pretending […]

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Part 3 – Healthy Body Image: 6 Places to Start

In Part 2, we looked specifically at just six areas of life experience that are influenced by body image and self-esteem. We closed this examination with the hopeful idea that accepting self as is today is the place to start, even if there are things we want to change. But how do you accept your […]

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Part 2 – Your Body Image: Healthy or Harmful?

In Part 1, we considered the general impact of body image. Even if it seems that body image doesn’t have an impact on your day-to-day life, take a closer look and you’ll notice that it is an underlying element in virtually every area of your life. Relationships with friends and family While you’re focused on […]

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Part 1 – Your Body Image: Healthy or Harmful?

Do you ever have thoughts like these? I am fat. I am scrawny. I hate my _______. It/they is/are so ugly. My life would be better if I looked better. If I were better/younger looking, I would ___________. I will never look as good as _____________. ________ would love me if I were taller/thinner/more muscular. […]

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