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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 crummy 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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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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