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Guest Blog by Jessica Rutzick, Founder of Premium Egg Donation, Inc.

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When I was unceremoniously dumped by my long-term boyfriend at the age of thirty-five, I had to find a way out of my heartbreak. Yes, I was upset about losing the guy, but I was altogether heartbroken about losing the chance to have a traditional family. I was terrified that I would wind up a workaholic, single and childless – the modern day version of a spinster. I needed a plan “B.” So I promised myself that if I was still single when I turned 40, I would go ahead and have a baby as a single mom by choice.

Five short years later, I found myself still single and at a fertility clinic, checkbook in hand. Five minutes into the ultrasound, the doctor was shaking his head, frowning. “This doesn’t look good,” he said. A more elaborate and even less glamorous hormone test proved that I was not fertile. “Premature ovarian failure,” the doctor said, looking at the wall behind me. I argued with him. “But I look young, and I act young and I am really healthy and fit- look at me!” The doctor shook his head and said: “Your ovaries didn’t get the memo. You need an egg donor.”

I had heard about egg donors before because my friend used one to have her baby at the age of forty five. Other than that, I knew nothing about what is now known as “third party reproductive medicine.” I considered my options. It is very difficult to adopt as a single mother. The wait is quite long. In open adoptions, the biological parent(s) choose the adoptive parent. I did not have it in me to interview for someone else’s baby.

I considered the egg donor option. I would have control over the pregnancy, but what if my baby grew into a 6 foot tall blonde, while I am a 5’0” brunette? “Would she still be my baby,” I wondered.

Type “A” and goal oriented, I was not going to let a little infertility get in my way. Within weeks I had scanned hundreds, if not thousands, of on-line egg donor profiles. I narrowed it down to five young women and showed their profiles to my two best girlfriends. We voted and chose “Donor No. 35561.” Arrangements were made, agency fees paid, and lengthy contracts signed and notarized. Travel plans were set.

The whole experience was extremely stressful. Was the egg donor really who she said she was? Was the agency ripping me off? Did my doctor know what he was doing? Plagued by nagging doubts and anxiety, I got on the plane to La Jolla.

The waiting room at the doctor’s office was small and crowded with young women, and American and foreign couples both gay and straight. Within a few minutes, Dr. Smotrich ushered me into his office. Photographs of the doctor’s wife and children filled his book shelves. I sunk into his low, leather couch. “I want twins,” I said. He smiled, and said “ok.”

Dr. Smotrich reassured me that my donor was “lovely.” I tried not to ask too many questions about this woman- who I had never met, but who was giving me the gift of a baby (or two). I knew only a few things about her. I had her general medical history, her hair and eye color, height and weight. I knew she ran triathlons. She was in graduate school. She was married. She has a twin sister. She had donated six times already to other families. She resembles me.

I was scheduled to have the embryos transferred to my uterus on Sunday, Mother’s Day. “Auspicious,” said my best friend.

Jittery with nerves, bruised from injections and amazed the logistics had all worked out, I was ushered into a small, dimly lit examination room. The procedure was short and painless. The embryologist had selected three of the best looking embryos from the batch. He gave me photographs of them. They looked like three, sepia-toned cookies. I looked at the photos a long time. “Will this be my baby?” I asked myself again.

As it turned out, I had one baby boy. He has brown hair, brown eyes and a terrific smile. And rest assured, he is my baby.

Not a day goes by when I do not have gratitude for my egg donor. I still have never met her. I don’t know her name, or if she still runs triathlons or if she is still married. Her gift transcends all of those details because my egg donor gave me my baby.

Rutzick-18HighResJessica Rutzick founded Premium Egg Donation, Inc., an egg donor agency specializing in matching intended parents with academically credentialed egg donors. She also is a trial lawyer and single mom by choice. She and her son, Solomon, live in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

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August is here and it’s time to issue a new call to action for our Pay It Forward Fertility Summer Challenge. Please continue to help us pay fertility forward by joining in our third challenge and we’ll pay it forward to you!

Here’s how it works:

Challenge #3: GROWING THE CIRCLE

Your outpouring of support over the course of our first two challenges is an inspiration to us all here at Circle+Bloom. Those who have shared their experiences, advice and testimonials have strengthened and uplifted our community. We ask you to build on this momentum by helping us to build a special community and to keep the dialogue going!

Dates: August 5 – August 22

How YOU Pay it Forward:

Here are the ways you can GROW THE CIRCLE:

1.     Help us to build a special online Circle+Bloom community.

While there are a few wonderful online infertility communities out there, we often find ourselves disappointed in the level of support provided by many of the groups we come across. Sometimes these groups become a negative free-for-all, leaving many members feeling hurt and alone. However, we see great potential in creating an online infertility community that is effectively moderated, provides professional expertise, and focuses on positive action. We would love your help in creating such a space! Please help us to do so by sharing feedback about your experience with online infertility groups and your suggestions for ways that Circle+Bloom can make build the strongest, most supportive online family possible. Whether it be a weekly live Q&A session with me, or guest posts on special topics, we are eager to hear what YOU want so we do this right!

2.     Share as a parent.

Has someone shared a piece of advice with you that greatly impacted your fertility journey or experience as a new parent?  Give back by sharing your knowledge with the Circle+Bloom community. Pass along words of wisdom and support for the conception journey, pregnancy or parenthood via Twitter, Facebook, or email.

As with our other challenges, we understand the sensitive nature of sharing such personal experiences, but feel that it is important to foster an open dialogue around our common bond. If you would like to contribute, but would prefer to do so in a less public way, I encourage you to email me personally at joanne@circlebloom.com so we can share your experience anonymously.

How WE Pay it Forward:

 All those who give feedback for building our special community, share one of our graphics, or share advice and support through Twitter, Facebook, or email are entered to win our entire line of downloads FREE. Please be sure to tag anything you share on social – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram – with #payfertilityforward so we can track your participation!

Every person who pays it forward by growing our circle is eligible to win!

That’s not all.

We want to really make our circle grow so we’ve set a collective goal for our Pay it Forward Fertility Summer Challenge.

If we reach 300 total pay it forward actions throughout the course of the campaign, we’ll continue to Pay it Forward and share a special 20% off discount with all our fans and customers.

We look forward to learning together with you through this new and exciting community experience.

With love + gratitude –

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Summer is in full swing here in North Carolina! The sun is shining and everywhere I look, the world is in full bloom.

There are so many wonderful things to see and do during the summer months, but one of my favorite warm weather pastimes has always been finding a quiet spot in the shade and diving into a great book.

iStock_000036036346SmallWhile I love a good novel, I also see my summertime reading sessions as a nice time to learn something new that I can share with you! With this in mind, I picked five of my favorite Circle & Bloom blog posts for your “summer reading.”

These blog posts provide insights and inspiration for every step of your conception journey and provide you with the tools you need to embrace and nurture your mind + body connection. I hope that you enjoy this summer reading and are able to incorporate these teachings into your daily life all year long!

Three Powerful Steps to Get In Control Over Your Fertility
Trying to conceive can be so emotionally taxing that we can feel like we are spinning out of control. But we can take ownership of our fertility by managing stress effectively and quieting our anxious minds. The three tools that I share in this post enable you to do just that, by reflecting on and accepting the things that are out of our hands and embracing the power in the choices that we can make.

Why Does Nutrition Matter?
Good nutrition is essential for healthy bodies, but it is especially important for women who are trying to get pregnant. Striving to have good nutrition in your life is a worthwhile dedication and even if your fertility seems to be unaffected by your diet, there are at least 4 great reasons nutrition still matters for you.

Mind + Body – Simple Mind + Body Exercise
This post describes the process for a simple visualization technique that leaves you feeling calm and with your mind and body in tune. By repeating the mantra “I have the power over my body to bring it back to its natural state of balance,” this basic exercise increases our awareness of innate healing powers within and helps to bring serenity, and balance to your body just by having your brain take a the lead for a bit.

Fitness – The Key to Conception
Summer is a wonderful time to rekindle your love of the outdoors and to get active! Fitness plays a huge role in achieving optimal hormonal balance for women who are trying to conceive, increasing libido, and helps to build core muscle strength to
prepare a woman’s body for the physical strains of pregnancy.

How to Become Open to Life
This guest post by Leo Baubuta of ZenHabits celebrates the concept of “openness” and allowing yourself to experience life fully and completely. With an open heart, we are able to practice acceptance without judgment and to find joy no matter what comes our way.

With love & gratitude,
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The Pay It Forward Fertility Summer is under way! Help us pay fertility forward by joining in the second challenge and we’ll pay it forward to you.

Here’s how it works:

Challenge #2: REFER & REVIEW

Building a supportive community surrounding the fertility journey is of utmost importance to us. In order to strengthen our circle and to provide you with the best possible resources, we ask you to share your experiences, advice, and feedback with us and with each other.

Dates: July 21 – August 4

How YOU Pay it Forward:

There are the ways you can REFER & REVIEW:

  1. Review your experience with Circle+Bloom.
    Share how our programs have impacted your fertility journey with other members of our community by posting to our Facebook or Twitter accounts, or by emailing us.

    We fully understand the sensitive nature of sharing such personal experiences, but feel that it is important to build an open community around our common bond. If you would like to provide a testimonial, but would prefer to do so in a less public way, I encourage you to email me personally at joanne@circlebloom.com so we can share your experience anonymously.

  2. Refer a friend.
    Do you know someone who is trying to improve her health, well-being, fertility, and energy level? Share the power of the mind-body connection with a friend through our Circle+Bloom referral program. With every referral, you earn 15% cash and can share a 15% off coupon with friends!

    Get started by clicking here!

Please be sure to tag anything you share on social – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram – with #payfertilityforward so we can track your participation!

How WE Pay it Forward:

Anyone who shares a review of their Circle+Bloom experience will receive a special discount code for 15% off and anyone who refers a friend receives a special bonus of 20% off their next purchase!

Every person who pays it forward – by sharing their testimonial – or sharing the Circle+Bloom love with a friend – will receive these special offers!

That’s not all.

We want to really make our circle grow so we’ve set a collective goal for our Pay it Forward Fertility Summer Challenge.

If we reach 300 total pay it forward actions throughout the course of the campaign, we’ll continue to Pay it Forward and share a special 20% off discount with all our fans and customers.

Let’s keep the momentum going and all pass fertility on this summer!

With love + gratitude,
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Guest blog post by Karen Kelly of Through the Heart.

1398100912My name is Dr. Karen Kelly and in February 2013, my husband and I lost our daughter at 20 weeks. It was a devastating experience and we quickly learned of the lack of resources available to those who have suffered pregnancy loss.

We believe everyone should have the support and information necessary to deal with this difficult situation. As a result, Through the Heart was born.

Through the Heart is a national 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to educate and support anyone experiencing a pregnancy loss either directly or indirectly. Our organization provides a community and a glimpse of light in your darkest hour. One of the most important things to know following a pregnancy loss of any type is that you are not alone!

Dealing with a loss, and subsequently trying to conceive again, can be very difficult emotionally. Grieve in whatever way makes sense for YOU. Take as much time as you need and do not let others rush you.

Do not feel guilty, ashamed, or that you did something wrong. Don’t be afraid to ask people for specific help or, if you’re not sure what you need, it’s ok to vocalize that too.

Even if you have your spouse, family members, or friends to lean on, it may still be helpful to find another outlet for your emotions as you travel through this journey. Consider putting your thoughts into writing, either privately in a journal or publicly (Through the Heart offers the chance to share your story on our website or chronicle the ongoing process on our blog). You may also want to consider joining TTH’s discussion forum where you can anonymously connect with others who have experienced pregnancy loss. Also, talking with a counselor or therapist may be helpful in sorting through emotions.

Some people are ready to begin trying to conceive very quickly after a loss but for many others, it takes time. There’s no rule that says you have to start again when you’re cleared physically by your doctor – you also need to be mentally and emotionally ready. Some women never really feel ready again but know that if they want a child, they have to try. Understand that whatever you’re feeling is normal and ok, there is no right or wrong answer.

Trying to conceive after a loss can be a very isolating process. It is often a more emotional journey than it was before and it’s easy to have the mindset that because pregnancy happened once, it will naturally happen again. While this is the case for some women, many others struggle to conceive again for a variety of reasons. It’s important to remember that your body can change after a loss, especially during those first few cycles so you may not have the same patterns as before. Even if your cycle occurs like clockwork, it’s a good idea to go back to basics such as charting, taking your temperature, and testing for ovulation. You may be surprised to find “a new normal.”

Additionally, recurrent pregnancy loss is much more common than people are led to believe. Because it’s not talked about much, we don’t often hear the stories and so someone faced with multiple losses can easily feel alone or that there is something wrong with them. Whatever you are going through, whatever your challenges and struggles, remember that someone else has been there. It’s important to find an outlet for your emotions and a source of information and support such as that offered by Through the Heart. Go ahead and ask questions, ask for advice, vent about your frustrations, whatever you need to do to make it through.

Just remember that you are not alone!

Connect with Through the Heart:
Website: www.throughtheheart.org
Twitter: @Through_Heart
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Through-the-Heart/186644458155328
Blog: http://www.throughtheheart.org/wordpress/
Discussion forum: http://throughtheheart1.proboards.com/

headshotDr. Karen J. Kelly is a Texas resident and New Jersey native who loves sports, music, traveling, baking, and her 2 cats, Smokey & Plinko. In March 2013, she co-founded the nonprofit organization Through the Heart with her husband, Sean. Following the loss of their daughter at 20 weeks, the couple recognized the lack of resources available to them as well as a lack of understanding by others on how to react to the situation. It is their hope that through this organization, pregnancy loss can become a topic that is more openly discussed, acknowledged, and understood.

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The Pay It Forward Fertility Summer starts today! Help us pay fertility forward by joining in the first challenge and we’ll pay it forward to you.

Here’s how it works:

Challenge #1: SHARE

We believe there is great power in sharing in the journey to fertility. We don’t conceive alone or parent alone – or struggle alone – so to keep the circle going this month simply help us share support, advice, and feedback.

Dates: July 3 – 20

How YOU Pay it Forward:

There are three ways you can SHARE:

  1. Share some feedback with us. Take our brief survey (click here) and let us know how we can better support you.
  2. Share a shoulder. Look for our quotes of support on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Simply like, share, comment, pin, or retweet to help pass them on.
  3. Share a kind word. Tell us – and others! – what advice helped get you through. Share some advice on Facebook, Twitter or via Email.

Please be sure to tag anything you share on social – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram – with #payfertilityforward so we can track your entry!

How WE Pay it Forward:

We’ll pick three winners and give away three FREE downloads for you AND three FREE downloads to share!

Every person who pays it forward – by filling out a survey, sharing – or commenting on – a support quote or passing along advice – will be automatically entered to win.

That’s not all.

We want to really make our circle grow so we’ve set a collective goal for our Pay it Forward Fertility Summer Challenge.

If we reach 300 total pay it forward actions throughout the course of the campaign, we’ll continue to Pay it Forward and share a special 20% off discount with all our fans and customers.

Ready to begin? Let’s all pass fertility on!

With love + gratitude,
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Circle and Bloom began from a very personal place. Having experienced my own struggles with fertility, I set out to help others conceive and in a way, I started a circle. Over time, that circle grew. Our community grew. The web of support grew. And the fertility rates grew. The number of successful births grew. (And grew!) We’ve kept circling – growing – to this day and we don’t plan to stop!

The path to conception – and even throughout parenthood – is not one we travel alone. It’s dotted with kind gestures, small moments of support, and little actions along the way. (From people we know, and also from those we don’t know.) The journey is a shared one, and frequently, one good moment leads to another.

CB_fertilitycircle2We’re calling these connections “The Fertility Circle.” And we want to keep it going strong. We want to honor the part we all play in supporting one another, in encouraging fertility to bloom.

We’ve decided to spend the summer paying fertility forward. Whether you are on the journey to conception, in the middle of pregnancy, or enjoying parenthood, we all have something to share. We’re kick-starting a Pay it Forward Fertility Summer Challenge to pass the good things on and we invite you to join us.

Stay tuned each week to our Facebook page, blog and Twitter account for the Pay it Forward Fertility Summer Challenge and help the fertility circle carry on and on and on…

With love + gratitude,
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Screen Shot 2014-06-26 at 3.06.17 PMLeafy greens and dark green vegetables are an excellent source of folate (or folic acid), an essential B vitamin that supports healthy pregnancy in a number of ways. During the beginning stages of pregnancy, folate supports fetal brain development by preventing neural tube defects that can cause spina bifida and anencephaly. Folate also contributes to optimizing sperm production, promotes routine ova production, and aids in the creation of healthy red blood cells.

The Centers for Disease Control suggests that women who are trying to conceive consume at least 400mg of the B vitamin daily. Luckily, there are numerous ways to enjoy greens and incorporate other folate-rich foods such as lentils, asparagus, beets, beans, and broccoli into your diet.

Here are six tasty ideas:

  1. Tear pieces of kale, sprinkle them with olive oil and kosher salt, and roast on high for crunchy kale crisps.
  2. Throw a handful of chopped romaine lettuce into the blender with the ingredients for your favorite fruit smoothie.
  3. Sauté cooked lentils with olive oil, shallots and lemon for a filling side dish (or mix in some roasted veggies for a healthy lunch!)
  4. Stir-fry baby bok choy with garlic, soy sauce, ginger, and a drizzle of sesame oil (For a spicy kick, sprinkle in red pepper flakes)
  5. Toss baby spinach and sautéed mushrooms with hot whole wheat pasta or brown rice and pesto for a quick and easy dinner.
  6. Coat asparagus spears with olive oil, salt and pepper, and grill over high heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Drizzle the cooked asparagus with balsamic vinegar.

For more tips on healthy eating, check out our two part series Best Diets for Fertility – The Top 13 “Super” Foods – Part 1 and Best Diets for Fertility – The Top 13 “Super” Foods – Part 2.

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Bankrolling Fertility Treatment: No Sucker Punches Allowed

by mroth June 24, 2014

Guest Blog by Rosanne Austin, founder of Maybe to Baby. Join Rosanne Austin for a special free webinar on July 2 called Paying For Fertility Treatment: Sucker Punch Proof Your Plan. Learn 3 Key Steps for creating a fertility treatment financial plan that can help eliminate freak-outs, sucker punches, and silly spending. Read on for [...]

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Trying to Conceive After Age 40

by mroth June 11, 2014

I hear from a number of women who are over 40 and wondering if our programs can help them to achieve their dream of having a baby. In fact, we recently received a call on our customer service line from a kind woman who inquired about our pregnancy program. After answering her questions about it [...]

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Fertility Revolution: Hope, Inspiration, Strength, and Fertility Resources

by mroth June 2, 2014

Guest Blog by Julie Chang, founder and host of Fertility Revolution. Have you heard about the new Fertility Revolution? The podcast will feature many respected fertility doctors, complementary fertility practitioners, attorneys, infertility advocates, published authors, health & wellness experts, and more…including yours truly! About Julie Chang and Fertility Revolution: Hi, I’m Julie Chang, founder and [...]

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Finding Your Thing During IVF Treatment

by mroth May 14, 2014

Guest Blog by Stephanie Fry, author/blogger of The IVF Journal book. Anyone who is battling infertility and undergoing IVF treatment knows that there are loads of options when it comes to selecting complementary treatments and therapies. There are diets, exercises, mind body options, acupuncture, acupressure, massage, yoga, herbal remedies and so much more. With all [...]

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Finding Time to Meditate: Keeping Yourself Healthy

by mroth May 6, 2014

Guest Blog by Ken Myers. Although nutrition is a vital component to keeping yourself healthy, relaxing your body through meditation could be almost as important. The mind can do a great deal for your physical form, and practicing methods of meditation can make an impact in ways you never thought before. What’s more, you don’t [...]

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A Thank You Special Coupon for Your Awesome Participation

by mroth May 1, 2014

Please join me in congratulating Celeste G., the winner of our 30 Days of Fertility campaign! She’ll receive our entire product line of downloads for participating and helping to support all women on the fertility journey. I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to every single one of you who participated. It was an amazing [...]

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How and Why to Build a Support Network during Infertility Treatment

by mroth May 1, 2014

Guest Blog by Stephanie Fry, author of The IVF Journal book. Back in 2009, I was lucky enough to help the folks at Circle + Bloom as they developed their IVF/IUI Mind-Body Program by giving them a patients perspective on an IVF cycle. Since then their product has helped thousands of women and I hope [...]

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You Will NEVER Outrun the Darkness

by mroth April 23, 2014

Guest Blog by Suzanne Hanna, a Licensed Psychotherapist, Holistic Health Practitioner, Spiritual Coach, Writer, and Inspirational Speaker. It can happen in a moment, usually after a life-changing realization or event. Everything goes dark. The air in your body gets sucked from your lungs. A lead ball crashes into your core, leaving you weak. Your throat [...]

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Rebecca Fett’s “It Starts With The Egg”

by mroth April 21, 2014

I’ve found another book to add to my list of recommended reading related to fertility! Rebecca Fett’s It Starts With The Egg is an important read, and one I am happy to see getting such positive feedback. Circle+Bloom is grounded in science. The development of our mind-body programs was done in collaboration with the professional [...]

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Dealing With Pregnancy Hormones

by mroth April 13, 2014

Guest Blog by Cheretta A Clerkley, a strategic marketing health care professional for Hormone Health Network. She has worked for over 10 years in direct patient education focusing on hormone health. Being pregnant affects a lot more than your body. The outward signs of expecting a baby become more apparent over time, but the emotional [...]

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Circle+Bloom Around the World!

by mroth April 7, 2014

Hello! My name is Meagan. Some of you may already know me if you are a Circle+Bloom partner since I help work with our wonderful affiliates and partners. If not–hi! It’s nice to ‘meet’ you I also do some of the blog writing here. I’m going to take advantage of that and use this post [...]

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30 Days of Fertility – Share the Journey with Us

by mroth April 1, 2014

This April, in honor of National Infertility Awareness Week, we’re launching a “30 Days of Fertility” campaign to support all women embarking on the fertility journey and we hope you’ll join us! We’ve always believed in the power of mind + body awareness as it pertains to fertility. Our programs help explore the connection between [...]

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Pump Some Iron Into Your Diet to Help Promote Fertility

by mroth March 25, 2014

I have to apologize right off the bat to those of you who may still have snow on the ground, but spring seems to have sprung in North Carolina and I could not be more happy! Whenever the seasons change I get excited to spend some time in my kitchen. New ingredients that arrive with [...]

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Can Yoga Increase Fertility?

by mroth March 24, 2014

Guest blog by Sandra Mills. Fertility struggles can feel like you’re stuck on a hamster wheel in a cage you did not choose. Couples undergoing fertility treatments suddenly feel like they no longer have control of the most intimate parts of their bodies and their relationship, and it is stressful. That stress adversely affects fertility, [...]

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Three New Medical Findings on PCOS and How they May Impact Your Ability to Conceive

by mroth March 19, 2014

1. In vitro maturation (IVM) With traditional IVF, patients typically inject themselves with hormone medications for eight to 10 days to stimulate the ovaries into producing multiple eggs for fertilization. But hormone injections aren’t always the best choice for PCOS patients because they have an increased risk for ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) – a condition [...]

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Why Become an Egg Donor?

by mroth March 14, 2014

Guest Blog by Natalie on behalf of The London Egg Bank. Becoming an egg donor is an altruistic affair. Many women choose to become egg donors so that they can give the gift of parenthood to those couples who have embarked upon the difficult and emotional journey of trying to conceive. Some women may have [...]

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4 Ways to Restore Your Energy

by mroth March 12, 2014

Yesterday afternoon I found myself becoming really sluggish. In fact, while driving home I got so sleepy that I needed to pull over and rest my eyes a bit. A bit embarrassing to have to admit that! It got me thinking about energy and how we all struggle with maintaining our energy levels throughout the [...]

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3 Books About Infertility Support We Love

by mroth March 4, 2014

We’ve been doing a lot of reading while we wait for warm weather to arrive and wanted to share some recommendations for books that are wonderful resources for dealing with infertility. There are plenty of good ones out there, so be sure to check our ‘books we love‘ page for more recommendations, as well as [...]

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5 Stages to Starting the Month off with a Positive Attitude after a BFN (Big Fat Negative)

by mroth February 28, 2014

How are you doing? Be honest, you can tell me if you’re feeling like crap. I won’t judge! In fact, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how to deal with the really crumby emotions that surround that time of the month where you have a BFN (Big Fat Negative). Not an easy time. Thinking [...]

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The I Stands Alone

by mroth February 24, 2014

Guest Blog by Lindsay Agne, founder of Full Circle. There has been alot of talk about VULNERABILITY lately. Brene Brown and her TED talk brought a spot light to that word and it spread like wildfire. SHAME is another biggie. Why is there such a stigma around infertility? IS it that despite the numbers showing [...]

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Fitness – The Key to Conception

by mroth February 17, 2014

Contributed by freelance writer. While some women can conceive without any problems, others are not so lucky. Those in the latter group can attest to the frustration and disappointment associated with trying different procedures to no avail. Not surprisingly, the stress of being unable to conceive often worsens the situation. Female hormone imbalance Doctors have [...]

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Stories to Brighten Your Day

by mroth February 13, 2014

Well another snow storm is suppose to hit Charlotte this week, but that’s not putting a damper on my day. Why? Because of these two wonderful success stories I received recently. I wanted to share them with you because they filled me with hope and joy when I read them. We all need a little [...]

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What Exactly is a Fertility Coach?

by mroth February 6, 2014

Guest blog by Smita Parikh, MD, founder of The Fertility Advisor. Just two years ago, I sat in a corner at my nephew’s first birthday party with a fake smile plastered on my face as kids buzzed by me and a sing along was taking place. What should have been a fun and happy occasion [...]

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3 Exercises to Relieve Back Pain During Pregnancy

by mroth February 4, 2014

Guest Blog by Melissa Hubbard. As your beloved baby bump grows, you’re getting closer and closer to the arrival of your dear little one. As your baby grows, however, so do back aches and pain in the pelvic area, joints and ligaments. No matter what kind of shape you’re in, the excess weight of pregnancy [...]

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Dealing With The Unexpected

by mroth January 31, 2014

Whoa is it cold here! Don’t I live in the south? Certainly doesn’t feel like it…but I suppose comparatively to some parts of the country, it’s downright balmy here. We actually got some a bit of snow in North Carolina, which is on its third day of staying on the ground. So bizarre! Of course, [...]

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“The Big Lie” Book by Tanya Selvaratnam

by mroth January 27, 2014

Guest Blog by Tanya Selvaratnam, author of ‘The Big Lie’. I got the idea for The Big Lie after my third miscarriage at the age of 40 in fall 2011. I wrote the book that I wished I could have read then. In the book, I explore many Big Lies. The Big Lie is that [...]

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Healthy Eating Does More for Infertility than You May Realize

by mroth January 21, 2014

Guest Blog by Nancy Parker. When it comes to command of your body, your diet plays a very important role. The adage, “You are what you eat” is true in every sense of the statement. Everything you put into your body is used in order to be as healthy or as unfit as you want. [...]

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Healing Of The Heart

by mroth January 14, 2014

“All healing is first a healing of the heart.” – Carl Townsend I hope all is well and your new year is off to a great start! Do you have anything you want to share with me? Any questions, concerns, or stories? Please do email me and let me know. This time of year always [...]

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Physical Changes That May Happen During Infertility Treatment

by mroth January 6, 2014

Guest Blog by Sharon on behalf of Hadassah Medical Center, visit them for more information on IVF treatment in Israel and physical changes during pregnancy. When Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel stated that, “We must not see any person as an abstraction. Instead, we must see in every person a universe with its own [...]

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Declutter Your Life, Declutter Your Mind

by mroth January 1, 2014

One of my New Years resolutions is to declutter. If you’re anything like me, your in constant battle with clutter. Seriously, where does all that stuff come from?? If you need help figuring out how to win the clutter battle, I recommend checking out Zen Habit’s 15 Great Decluttering Tips. But here’s something you may [...]

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3 Tips to Get Through Your First IVF Experience

by mroth December 29, 2013

Guest Blog by Michelle Ramone, a write-from-home blogger and mother of three from New England. Relax! You can do this. Millions of women before you have received in-vitro fertilization (IVF) to conceive their children. Sure, there are going to be some things that are new to you and a bit scary. You’ll be getting pregnant [...]

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Perfect for You

by mroth December 23, 2013

Guest Blog by Elizabeth Reed, a freelance writer and a resident blogger at Liveinnanny.org. One thing I have struggled with throughout my life is the idea of being perfect. I always tried to do everything perfectly, be everything to everyone, and just have a perfect life. Unfortunately, many things in my life did not cooperate [...]

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Spread The Love And Earn Money!

by mroth December 16, 2013

I have heard from so many of you about how Circle + Bloom has had a positive impact on your life and how you look forward to listening to our programs. I can not tell you how much these words of encouragement mean to me! I sincerely thank you for this. We at Circle + [...]

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Mini Christmas Trees, Laughter and Saving Our Sanity

by mroth December 13, 2013

What is it about this time of year that brings out the best and the worst in us? For me, the best has been sharing the undeniable sense of Christmas cheer and spirit, decorating the house, getting the tree, moving “Buddy” every night (our Elf on the Shelf), etc. The worst in me is this [...]

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The Tiny Guide to Holiday Sanity

by mroth December 4, 2013

It’s suppose to be the most wonderful time of the year, but let’s not kid ourselves. It can also be the most stressful. Protect your sanity this holiday season with our simple guide! 1. Keep it simple This is the time to be brutally honest with yourself. Is it really feasible (or healthy) for you [...]

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20 Things We Are Grateful For

by mroth November 25, 2013

“Thanksgiving is more than eating, Chuck. Those early Pilgrims were thankful for what had happened to them, and we should be thankful, too. We should just be thankful for being together. I think that’s what they mean by ‘Thanksgiving,’ Charlie Brown.” – Marcie A lot can change in 3 years, but there are always things [...]

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Happy Holidays from Circle+Bloom!

by mroth November 25, 2013

We are thrilled to announce that once again we will be running a 35% discount on all of our doctor recommended mind+body audio CDs and Mp3 programs for the holidays! The programs make great gifts for women who lead or want to lead a healthy life or who are trying to conceive. The discount also [...]

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50 Things We Are Grateful For

by mroth November 20, 2013

In gearing up for the Thanksgiving holiday we wanted to revisit one of our favorite holiday posts from a few years ago, our original 50 Things We Are Grateful For. Next week we’ll share some brand new things we’re thankful for. We thought it would be fun to see the progression of the wonderful things [...]

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Preparing For an Appointment with a Fertility Doctor

by mroth November 11, 2013

Guest Blog by Dr. Bradley Miller, a Reproductive Endocrinologist. Couples who are having difficulty conceiving go through an emotional rollercoaster. Generally, the woman is the one that initiates a conversation with her OB/GYN or primary care doctor stating her concerns. While some couples having been trying to conceive for several months or even years, others [...]

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Can You Help Me Share the Circle+Bloom Love?

by mroth November 5, 2013

It has always been my dream to start my own company. In many ways Circle + Bloom has been my third baby as I have loved it since the beginning when the idea for mind-body visualization programs for fertility came to me like a bolt of lightening. Just like anything that you love, you focus [...]

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7 Resources for Pregnant Women Without Insurance

by mroth October 28, 2013

Guest Blog by Maria Peterson, an early education specialist who writes about advocating for head start schools. The average birth in the U.S. costs $30,000, reports the Washington Post, but you could pay even more if you need a C-section, or if your pregnancy includes complications. If you don’t have insurance, that figure might as [...]

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The 38 Best Methods for Making Exercise a Habit

by mroth October 24, 2013

Uh oh. Halloween is right around the corner, and that means an abundance of Halloween candy. Whether you’re stoking up on candy for trick-or-treaters or tempted by bargain priced candy right after Halloween, there’s going to be lots of chocolaty sugary yummy temptations. I tend to overindulge this time of year, and as a result [...]

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