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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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Thank Your Spine for Holding Your Head On!

by mroth October 23, 2013

Guest Blog by Jodie Cope, Licensed Acupuncturist and Health Coach Creating a ritual around body awareness is like a mini vacation for our nervous system. Focusing for even a minute each day on being aware of our bodies can make a huge impact on our health. The correlation between meditation/prayer and health is undeniable. You [...]

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Chinese Herbs and Fertility

by mroth October 14, 2013

Guest Blog by Jennifer Nahon, a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist in Chicago, IL. Chinese herbs have been used for centuries to help boost fertility. I have been an herbalist for many years and have helped many women get pregnant with herbs. The problem I find the most is that women will come in with an [...]

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Wherever You Go, There You Are

by mroth October 8, 2013

Are you as happy as me with the coming of Fall? Even with the crazy holidays peeking around the corner, I am loving my pumpkins, my mums and a cute handmade wooden witch that stands proudly in my front yard (made with love by my hubby). And for whatever reason, all this seasonal change made [...]

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3 Steps to Changing Your Diet Today

by mroth October 4, 2013

We’ve talked a lot about how your diet can have a huge impact on your health and fertility. And while it all sounds well and good, sometimes making a long-term change like improving your diet can seem overwhelming or too hard to maintain. But that doesn’t have to be the case. Even the smallest changes [...]

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Start a Gratitude Journal to Reap Amazing Benefits

by mroth September 25, 2013

I hope all is well. How are you feeling today? If you’re feeling happy, sad, frustrated, tired, hopeful or anything else, I bet there is one thing you can do right at this moment. Think of something you are thankful for. Good job! You may not know it, but you just gave yourself a psychological [...]

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Natural Ways To Deal With PCOS

by mroth September 16, 2013

Guest Blog by Marcela De Vivo. It seems unfair that our bodies can betray us so badly with symptoms like acne, weight gain, hair on our faces, depression and infertility. Recently, a friend of mine was diagnosed with PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) and I’ve been with her through the entire process, and let me tell [...]

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Meditation: The Most Fundamental Habit

by mroth September 13, 2013

I hope things are going well for you. Is there anything I can do for you? Do you have any questions for me or any stories you want to share? I often mention the importance of being mindful and how it is the key to defeating negative thoughts and living in the stress-free moment. But [...]

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Announcing The Girlfriend’s Survival Guide to Simplify Infertility Ebook Bundle Sale from My Hopeful Journey

by mroth September 5, 2013

Hi there! We received such positive feedback the last time we shared a great ebook bundle that we wanted to share the news with you again! Our wonder affiliate My Hopeful Journey has launched the The Girlfriend’s Survival Guide to Simplify Infertility ebook bundle sale, and we think its pretty fabulous. So read below to [...]

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Comprehensive Chromosome Screening (SelectCCS)

by mroth September 3, 2013

Guest Blog by Dr. Bradley Miller, a Reproductive Endocrinologist. SelectCCS is the most well-validated and proven method of comprehensive chromosome screening (CCS) for patients undergoing IVF treatment. SelectCCS improves the embryo selection process by accurately determining which embryos have a normal or abnormal number of chromosomes. The embryos with the normal number of chromosomes have [...]

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Circle+Bloom is featured in Dr Amanda Waaldyk’s article in the Melbourne Herald Sun

by mroth August 29, 2013

Guest Blog by Dr Amanda Waaldyk, fertility expert and director of Angea Fertility Clinic. What do you do when you find you are one of the one in six couples struggling with fertility? My best advice for couples struggling to conceive is for a woman to treat her body as if she were already pregnant. [...]

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The Secret Power of Guided Visualization…Does it Work for Fertility?

by mroth August 19, 2013

I’m going to let you in on a secret—guided imagery is one of the best ways to better health, including fertility. Well, maybe it’s not much of a secret anymore. Over the past few decades the effectiveness of guided imagery / visualization has been established by research findings that demonstrate its positive impact on health, [...]

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The Tiny Guide to Overcoming Fear

by mroth July 30, 2013

I have a seemingly random question for you: Are you afraid? I don’t mean afraid of spiders or afraid of heights (though that’s two checks for me.) I mean is there something in your life that leaves you with a scared pit in your stomach, which paralyzes you and stops you from living your life [...]

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Infertility is not about “us” but it’s not about “them” either

by mroth July 29, 2013

Beth Katz, author of The Hopeful Gal’s Guide to IVF, shares a personal story of her experience as a single, infertile mother in this guest blog post. My toddler went to a birthday party the other day. His name was Bobby and he was turning three. There were tons of balloons and Fritos and for [...]

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Three Powerful Steps to Get In Control Over Your Fertility

by mroth July 22, 2013

We all like feeling in control, right? But it’s usually much easier to say “I like being in control” than to actually always be in control. That’s why today I want to share with you three of the most powerful steps you can take to get in control over your fertility. These three steps are [...]

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The Top Fertility FAQ

by mroth July 15, 2013

Guest Blog by Dr. Bradley Miller, a Reproductive Endocrinologist. When couples begin the process of creating a family they often have very important questions regarding fertility. Below are the three most popular topics that are discussed when couples are thinking about pursuing fertility treatment: What are the best days of the month? For patients that [...]

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Are You Feeling Stressed. Here’s One Thing NOT To Do.

by mroth July 9, 2013

Have you noticed that when you have something stressful going on, you actually start worrying about the stress itself? It’s a vicious cycle where worrying about the negative effects of stress on your life actually makes you feel worse and compounds the issue. Not fun. One way I deal is to focus on a task [...]

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My Uterus Has an Open Mind

by mroth July 3, 2013

Guest Blog Post by Jennifer “Jay” Palumbo, Patient Care Manager with Fertility Authority. When I was in the thick of infertility treatment, I was open to trying anything and everything that might help. Whether it was cough syrup to help make my cervical mucus extra sperm friendly, drinking herbs that tasted like a mud puddle [...]

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Fertility Success Story after TTC for 7 years

by mroth June 24, 2013

Congratulations to Kelly and Matt! A fertility journey of a couple becoming pregnant after their first IVF/FET with the help of Circle + Bloom’s IVF mind+body audio program. After 7+ years of trying to conceive with my husband we are finally pregnant and are expecting our first child in Sept 2013. When I met my [...]

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A Simple Change in Mindset Changes Everything

by mroth June 21, 2013

It’s the longest day of the year today! And happily in my part of the world, the sun is shining bright and temperatures are in the low 80s. Heaven! I wanted to share with you this wonderful “trick” to help you integrate positive new habits into your lifestyle. It’s from Leo Babauta from ZenHabits.net, a [...]

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Facing Fertility: A Top 10 List

by mroth June 17, 2013

Guest Blog by Dr. Bradley Miller, a Reproductive Endocrinologist. As couples seek to begin a family they sometimes face challenges with fertility. Delays or complications with conceiving a child can leave a couple with feelings of isolation and failure. It is important for couples to recognize that they are not alone in this process and [...]

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Ageless Fertility: Conceiving During the Waning Years

by mroth June 10, 2013

Guest Blog by Sara, an active nanny as well as an active freelance writer. Getting older doesn’t necessarily mean that it will become impossible to conceive a child. It just means that it may take more effort than if you were younger. It’s perfectly OK to wait in order to become pregnant depending on your [...]

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Questions to Ask at Your Pre-Pregnancy Checkup

by mroth June 6, 2013

Guest Blog Post by Maggie Richards, a freelance writer and a yoga teacher in San Diego. Shopping for toddlers, maternity clothes, babymoon traveling — If you’re considering getting pregnant now might be a good time to schedule a preconception checkup. There you and your partner can ask questions, determine readiness and consider the options. According [...]

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Announcing a new program we are so very proud of!

by mroth May 30, 2013

First of all, I truly hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. Mine was somewhat relaxing, but as usual, we tried to pack too much into one weekend! At least the weather seems to have turned to summer temperatures here in North Carolina. It’s beautiful now! I wanted to let you know that we [...]

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How to Work Through Negative Thoughts While Visualizing

by mroth May 23, 2013

I thought I would share this very important question that came in from Emma a few days ago. She writes: “A little bit of background – my husband and I have been trying for 4 years this June both naturally and through IVF. We have had 3 miscarriages – one of which (natural pregnancy) was [...]

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Supplements to Help Fertility in Both Men & Women

by mroth May 13, 2013

Guest Blog by Marcela De Vivo, a freelance health & wellness writer from Los Angeles. She covers everything from skincare and supplements, to fitness, holistic wellness, and special needs issues. Those looking to have a baby can help encourage the cause by eating right, exercising and avoiding things such as alcohol and smoking. Unfortunately, although [...]

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The Surprising Side Effect to Feeling Like Sh*t

by mroth May 9, 2013

“Rock bottom became my solid foundation.” – JK Rowling How are you on this fine Thursday? I hope you are feeling happy, full of energy and have a smile on your face! What’s that?!? You aren’t feeling happy, full of energy or have a smile on your face? Are you feeling as if you are [...]

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Amazing Deal On Natural Fertility Ebook Bundle

by mroth May 6, 2013

We are thrilled to share with you this AMAZING deal being offered by our wonderful affiliate Donielle Baker–the Natural Fertility ebook Bundle! We are offering our Fertility Relaxation Program as part of the bonus material you will receive when you purchase this incredible offer, and you will have a chance to win our Natural Cycle [...]

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IVF Treatments Abroad

by mroth May 6, 2013

Guest Blog by Sharon on behalf of Hadassah Medical Center, visit them for more information on IVF treatment in Israel. For those unable to conceive naturally, in vitro fertilization (IVF) has been a gift from heaven. Otherwise, couples, or even single parents, would have no hope of achieving the dream of parenthood without adopting. With [...]

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The UK Moves A Step Closer To Three-Person IVF

by mroth April 29, 2013

Guest Blog by The Bridge Centre, one of the UK’s leading fertility, gynaecology, genetics and IVF clinics. With IVF success rates among the best in the country, The Bridge Centre can provide the expert support couples and individuals need to help them overcome their difficulties resulting from infertility. In what will be a world first, [...]

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Fertility and Women’s Health All-Stars

by mroth April 23, 2013

During National Infertility Awareness Week we wanted to take the time to recognize some of the people and organizations we admire the most. They are all doing incredible work to raise awareness about infertility and encourage the public to understand their reproductive health, as well as supporting those struggling with the disease and TTC. Not [...]

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National Infertility Awareness Week April 21 – 27

by mroth April 22, 2013

National Infertility Awareness Week® is April 21 – 27, 2013. The goal of NIAW is to raise awareness about the disease of infertility and encourage the public to understand their reproductive health. Be part of the infertility movement! Anyway you can raise awareness will help increase public understanding about the disease of infertility. We urge [...]

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A Healthy Diet & Good Night’s Sleep: The Key to Conceiving?

by mroth April 15, 2013

Guest Blog by Courtney Bloom, a yoga teacher and naturopath who writes for a variety of health and exercise blogs from her home in Maine. When preparing for pregnancy, a healthy diet and good night’s sleep are essential – and maybe more so than you think. Lifestyle choices and eating habits can affect your chances [...]

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Want To Save Money While Trying To Conceive? We Thought So!

by mroth April 11, 2013

We just re-branded and re-launched our awesome Your Fertility Deals website! We have over 25 free offers and coupons from all kinds of awesome fertility companies across the hemisphere, and the list is always growing and changing – so check it out. And make sure to subscribe today so you will be up to date [...]

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The Unique Impacts of Stress on Fertility

by mroth April 1, 2013

Guest Blog by Stacey Roberts, The Babymaker BSPT, Q Herbalist, Naturopath of Sharkeys Healing Centre Stress, it’s a nasty 6 letter word. No one wants to be stressed, but if you look around, it appears a lot of people are. Take Sue who I saw for fertility issues. She wants to have a baby but [...]

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Common Misconceptions about Minority Women and Infertility

by mroth March 26, 2013

Guest Blog by Mitra Khaksari Misconception: Minority women have children earlier, so they don’t experience fertility problems. Reality: While the media often portrays the stereotype of very young minority women having children (think Precious: Based on the novel Push by Sapphire), there are minority women who are pursuing education and careers who wait to have [...]

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The One Program So Important We Are Giving It Away For Free

by mroth March 21, 2013

Today I want to share a special story. Be forewarned, it’s not a happy story, but important for me to share with you and hopefully important enough for you to share with others. I truly hope that you can’t fully understand this, that you haven’t gone through this yourself, but you might have. The M-word. [...]

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How to deal with jealous and negative thoughts

by mroth March 21, 2013

The feelings of frustration, anger, and jealousy you experience when you see someone who is pregnant can be a confusing, painful and emotional rollercoaster. This is especially true when you feel like they have not had to undergo the struggles you have undergone and yet easily became pregnant. Scrutinizing every stranger on the street with [...]

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Most common types of male infertility can easily be corrected and treated without surgery

by mroth March 12, 2013

Guest Blog Post by Ron Thompson, MD, the creator of ToConceive Typically thought of as a woman’s problem, infertility affects four to six million men in the United States each year. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, one-third of cases of infertility occur because of problems in the man and one-third because of [...]

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3 Lessons from Forks Over Knives

by mroth March 5, 2013

I didn’t know what to expect when sitting down to watch the film Forks Over Knives, directed by Lee Fulkerson. I didn’t know if a movie about a vegan, whole foods diet would have much relevance to my life, but oh boy was I wrong! The premise is extremely simple, but eye opening as to [...]

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Circle + Bloom Announces Partnership With Ovuline

by mroth February 25, 2013

We are thrilled to partnering with the fabulous Ovuline, the only complete conception process designed by Harvard doctors and proven to reduce time to pregnancy by 50%. They’ve got everything covered, from fertility supplies to fertility tracking, and they give you one easy online and mobile tool to access your fertility forecast, data entry, reminders [...]

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Some tips for having a better conversation with your IVF Lab

by mroth February 20, 2013

This is a guest blog post by Carole C. Wegner, PhD, HCLD featured on Fertility Within Reach (“FWR”) blog, a nonprofit organization that focuses on educating the infertility community on how to advocate for access to family-building benefits, including infertility treatment. Davina, the co-founder of FWR, believes that when individuals are armed with information and [...]

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A Moment of Clarity by Greg Malouf

by mroth February 12, 2013

Guest Blog by Greg Malouf, founder of Epsilon Healing Academy I came to a point in my life where I felt like something was not working the way I wanted it to. I struggled with addiction, stress and anxiety, and had to go through a painful divorce. Once I was finally ready to make a [...]

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