The Grief Cycle

Oct 15, 2019

Many women are not strangers to the ups and downs in mood that occur during the monthly cycle, but the intensity and all-encompassing nature of fertility concerns can amplify these emotions. Obviously, each individual’s experience is different, but there are many feelings that can come up at each stage of fertility treatment. The beginning of treatment can be marked by (renewed) hope as the month/cycle begins. Though, this also may be a time with many medical appointments and “interventions,” all of which can be taxing emotionally and physically. The next stage can be filled with anxiety and/or anticipation as one endures the “two-week wait.” During this time, it can be challenging to concentrate on work or other aspects of life due to being hyper-focused on “signs” that the treatment has been successful or unsuccessful. At the end of the two-week wait, the arrival of a period can be devastating for many women. The grief one experiences at...

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New to journaling?

Oct 08, 2019
We gotcha. We’ve laid out three simple steps for getting into the habit of journaling regularly.

 

Step #1: Start by finding a journal that you actually want to write in. 

Here are some tips on how to choose a journal. Everyone has their own personal taste when it comes to buying a journal. Lines or no lines. Spiral-bound or not. Inspirational cover art. Maybe you prefer high-quality paper or a ribbon page divider. You might even want to find a journal with an inside pocket to store small mementos. Whatever it might be, take some time to find a journal that speaks to you. Target has a great selection of affordable journals, as does World Market and Barnes & Noble. 

Not too keen on writing. It’s ok. Maybe recording voice memos is more your style. Use an app on your phone or purchase a voice recorder. Find the kind of journaling apparatus that makes the most sense to you.

Step #2: Don’t overthink it.

Journaling doesn’t have to be as...

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Gather Your Tools

Oct 01, 2019

Select a Journal

Everyone has their own personal preferences when it comes to selecting a journal. Lines or no lines. Spiral bound or not. Inspirational cover art. Maybe you prefer high-quality paper or a ribbon page divider. You might even want to find a journal with an inside pocket to store small mementos. Whatever it might be, take some time to find one that speaks to you. Target has a great selection as does World Market and Barnes & Nobles.

FIND A JOURNAL

 

Make Time Just for You

We know you’re busy. We also understand how difficult this time is, and we want you to have the best experience possible, which is why we encourage you to carve out up to one hour per week just for you. Here are three guiding principles to set yourself up for success:

1. Make Your Self-Care Practice a Priority

It’s easy to let the to do list get in the way of taking care of you. But we’ve all heard the “put your mask on before you help someone else with their...

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Create Your Space

Sep 30, 2019

How to Choose a Space

Choose a quiet and ideally secluded space for your weekly practice. Consider all of the areas of your home. Do you have a spare bedroom or loft area? Or maybe your bedroom is large enough to set up a permanent self-care area just for you. Pick one that feels the most inviting to you.

 

Set Up an Inviting Space

Now that you have a space, let’s make it a comfy one. Gather all of your props and set them within reach. Make sure your journal is handy. And add any additional touches that speak to you. What would make the space more inviting to sit a little bit longer?

 

Create an Altar

Setting up an altar is certainly not necessary but highly encouraged. Think of it as a space to collect special mementos or little reminders of your intention or mantra. Items you might include are: candles, crystals, fresh flowers, trinkets, a mala necklace, a singing bowl, or maybe even some sage.

 

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Infertility Etiquette

Sep 28, 2019

Someone you know is going through some family planning challenges.

Here's a list of things you should consider:

  • Have an honest, private (no one either of you knows within earshot) conversation on how often (if ever) the subject of future families should come up. Know that this conversation can be revisited.
  • Listen. Don’t say “I know how you feel.” Even if you have gone through the infertility process before, remember that everyone’s situation and reactions to the circumstances are different.
  • Listen. Really listen and be present. If you have been given the privilege to hear the story, or hear about the struggle, honor that privilege and just be silent. 

  • Don’t give false hope. You don’t know what the future holds, so don’t promise that there will be any specific family in the future.
  • If you are asked to give them space, give them space. Don’t ask “Can I ask you a question?” Don’t ask how the treatment is...
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Infertility Sucks! But here are some resources.

Sep 18, 2019

No matter how you ended up on the path of needing reproductive assistance the road can be long and stressful full of ups and downs. Whether you are part of the 12% of couples in the US that have been labeled as “infertile” or you have chosen to seek reproductive assistance for any number of other reasons, you’re not alone.

What is infertility?

Chances are if you are here you already know, infertility is the inability to conceive after one year or longer of unprotected sex. Infertility affects 1 in 8 couples, and it affects men and women equally. The disease is treated through a variety of ways, including Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART).

But needing infertility treatment doesn’t just mean you are “infertile.” There are other reasons you may find yourself on this journey. However, which way you ended up here we support you and your process.

 

Statistics:

  • About 7% of men (4.7 million) and about 11% of women (6.7 million) of...
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