All Things Fertility

Guest Blog by Anabelle Petersen. As I’m writing this I realize it’s been exactly 10 years since our in-vitro procedure (on August 7th 2006) resulting in the birth of our son Andy in April 2007. The moments before and after his birth are so rich in details and vivid in my mind that I get [...]

Guest Blog by Nita Ewald, Holistic Health and Fertility Coach. Several years ago my husband and I were diagnosed with ‘unexplained infertility’. The diagnosis was devastating. The ‘unexplained’ factor made it even more painful. I felt lost and confused. It seemed as if my dreams of motherhood had been ripped from my grasp. I began [...]

Make that luxuriously low stress to be exact. Ladies this month in our teleseminar series we are fearlessly diving into one of the most hand-wringingly stressful times on this journey: the two-week wait. These 14 or so days are where excitement and freak-out converge. They can leave you wishing you either had a crystal ball, [...]

Guest Blog by Vineetha Reddy. Yoga is a great way to heal your body. The best part is, all you need to practice yoga is a mat. The health benefits it offers outweigh the benefits of most other workouts. It offers a more holistic approach to health and takes care of your body, mind, and [...]

Guest Blog by Dr. Lisa Ashe, D.O. Medical Director of Be Well Medical Group Like many women, my focus for the past decade has been on my career and, in the last several years, I’ve also been called to ministry. I admittedly have thought about what I might name my children and where I would [...]

“I lost myself and I forgot that I was more than someone desperately trying to have a baby. Meditation and the mind-body connection was my way to find my ground again.” - Davina Fankhauser __________________________________________________________________ 15 years of trying to build their family. 6 IVFs. Countless miscarriages, including those with twins and triplets. A painful [...]

When Rosanne and I were discussing what the topic would be for this month’s teleseminar, we could not help but remember how challenging it was to juggle trying to conceive with a career, work stress, medical appointments, fertility treatments, special diets, friends, family, pets…and, well, you get the point. Whether we are immediately aware of [...]

“Struggling with fertility does not define you. How you live in the face of it will.” - Rosanne Austin __________________________________________________________________ Coach. Mentor. Provocateur. Author. Speaker. Survivor: These are just a few words to describe the powerhouse that is Rosanne Austin. Rosanne reached out to me probably about three years ago. You know when you first [...]

We absolutely love the Circle+Bloom community. We continue to be inspired and honored to share in your journey. The stories you share delight us and are constant reminders of why we do what we do. As we have gotten to know you, it is also clear to us that you want more of the knowing [...]

This heartfelt email we received from Julie is a true story of faith and unwavering commitment. She’s got chutzpah in every sense of the word. She reminds us that living a life of accomplishing our dreams is for the courageous and the determined. We are proud that our programs helped her through to living the [...]

Next week is National Infertility Awareness Week. It’s a time every year that we celebrate the strength of the infertility community, work toward educating and spreading awareness about the disease, and lend extra support to those on their fertility journey. Resolve, The National Infertility Association, started NIAW nearly 30 years ago and each year they’ve [...]

Guest blog by Sarah Prater, L.Ac., Founder and Acupuncturist of Tennessee Center for Reproductive Acupuncture. If you find yourself sitting in the waiting room of the fertility clinic, you’re probably wondering if you’re doing all you can to help your cycle be a success. You might have heard about some women adding acupuncture to their [...]

Happy Friday, All! In my mind, there’s no better way to end the week than with a story that brings hope, inspiration, and light into our hearts. Sandra’s story does just that. Read on to hear the heartfelt story of Sandra’s journey with secondary infertility and how she tapped into the power of her mind [...]

Ladies, we are so happy to share this wonderful story with you! Late last year, we heard from an amazing Circle+Bloom-er named Maureen. Maureen used our PCOS for Fertility Program, and after a year of infertility struggles, became pregnant with her son in just 2 months of using the program! Maureen’s story, like so many [...]

When my husband and I were trying (and failing) to get pregnant, we came up against difficulties and strains that tested and stretched our relationship beyond what we ever imagined. Like other #TTC couples, we were thrown into a whirlwind of stress, disappointment, and heartache, during a time in life that’s meant to be filled [...]

Guest Blog by Phil Druce, Founder of Ovulation Calendar. Knowing when you ovulate can really help increase your chances of getting pregnant, but most women have no idea how to tell. If you are among them, do not worry. We can help. In order to truly understand ovulation, you must first have a basic understanding [...]

Success Stories from 2015

Happy New Year, all! How was your holiday season? What are you most excited about for 2016? I’ve been on vacation with my family in NYC this past week and I’ve had some great time to reflect on the wonderful things that we’ve accomplished in 2015 – from the incredible growth of our secret Facebook [...]

Guest Blog by By Staci Swiderski, Co-Founder of Family Source Consultants. I have helped to screen countless surrogates over the years and have even used a surrogate to complete my own family. If you're considering becoming or using a surrogate, there are some important facts to consider before you make the decision: Understand the difference [...]

Believe. Visualize. Heal. – Whether conquering infertility, recovering from painful loss, or facing incredibly taxing treatments from a cancer diagnosis – the path that enables us to heal and transform starts with these three steps. We believe deeply that nurturing the mind + body connection through each of these actions is the key to unlocking [...]

Guest Blog by Dr. Jill Hechtman, an OB/GYN and the Medical Director of Tampa Obstetrics, Florida’s leading medical center for women, Tampa Florida. If you or a friend has ever had a miscarriage, you know how heartbreaking it can be. But if you’re like many women, you’re probably not aware that what you don’t know [...]

Can you believe how quickly the holiday crept up? I probably say that every year, but it’s always the same – autumn flies by in the blink of an eye and before you know it you’re sitting down to carve the turkey and planning how to navigate the many events and festivities of the season. [...]

Hormones and Fertility

Guest Blog by Robyn Srigley, www.thehormonediva.com A thorough knowledge of your menstrual cycle is important if you want to conceive naturally. Using a natural method like FAM or Fertility Awareness Method to track your cycles can help you pin point problems in your cycle as well as when you are fertile. Hormones + Fertility Estrogen [...]

Love Your Journey: Holiday Rescue

With the weather getting a bit more brisk, the leaves turning beautiful colors, and pumpkin spice “everything,” no matter where we turn, there can be no question that it’s Fall. While this time of year can be positively magical, it can also be a time of stress for those of us on the fertility journey. [...]

New England area Circle + Bloom-ers: don't miss your chance to be a part of this amazing event. Join Resolve New England and show how strong the IF community is and that infertility is a disease that needs and deserves attention. Gain inspiration and strength from “Why I Walk” by Kerri Kivolowitz - Infertility (IF) [...]

Keep Calm and Carry On

Guest blog by Smita Parikh, MD, founder of The Fertility Advisor. As a fertility coach, one of the most common questions I get asked is “how do I remain calm when dealing with the stress of infertility?” It is well know that one of the reasons infertility is so challenging is because couples feel they [...]

Happy weekend, Ladies! We’re so happy to share this wonderful success story from Linda – a 43 year old woman who used our programs to FINALLY get pregnant with her second child naturally. By using our Natural Cycle for Fertility Program to alleviate her stress around trying to conceive, and tapping into the amazing power [...]

The fertility journey presents us with many challenges, but it also gives us the opportunity to celebrate our strength and embrace each step forward with a confident and happy heart. We’re continuing on with our special Fertility Circle Series and for this month’s post, we asked our resident joy-maker and soul-shaker Rosanne Austin to share [...]

When you Google “infertility” or “how to get pregnant” the flood of results on topics from LH, to FSH, ovulation, progesterone, temperature, and pituitary glands can be so overwhelming and technical that you’re left feeling anxious from reading all the things you should be doing, and completely exhausted by trying to decipher medical jargon. All [...]

Finding your thing during fertility treatment can feel like a burden, but really it’s a wonderful opportunity to find new ways to be a happier healthier version of YOU. Whether it’s taking yoga classes, meditating, doing weekly acupuncture sessions, or a starting a new and empowering exercise routine, there are many different practices that help [...]

We’ve got an amazing gift for you. But first....what’s better than the summer? Am I right? I’m looking forward to some #majorrelaxing this weekend to celebrate the 4th of July, and I hope you can take some time and enjoy it with good friends and family. I will be hopefully on a boat the entire [...]

5 Great Summer Reads

My favorite season has officially arrived and I’m ready to get my summer reading on! One of my favorite things to do in the summertime is to crack open a book in the sunshine (preferably with my toes in the sand). There are so many wonderful reads out right now – so where to begin?! [...]

Guest blog by Sarah Ross of Thumos Health Center. If you are struggling with infertility, you are not alone. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) notes that 10.9% of women of reproductive age have trouble conceiving and carrying a baby to term. Modern medicine, most notably in vitro fertilization (IVF) can dramatically boost [...]

If you or a loved one is struggling with infertility, you understand the frustration, fear, and devastation associated with failing to conceive. Month after month you fall deeper into despair with the realization that, yet again, you were unable to make a baby. “After all,” you think, “we were designed for this. Women have been [...]

Ladies! We are over the moon with this pregnant with PCOS success story and as always, a testament to the extreme power of our mind-body connection. She focused on the particular special sessions of our PCOS program that focus on regulating insulin and androgen programs in particular. I just love these stories that not only [...]

In the latest installment of our special blog series, The Fertility Circle, we asked fertility expert Mindy Berkson of Lotus Blossom Consulting to share her insights into the most important strategies for women on their fertility journey. Mindy works with men and women around the country, taking into consideration clients’ emotional, physical and financial infertility [...]

Trying to conceive can be such a special time in your life. But, when it isn’t happening as quickly, or as easily as you had hoped, the stress and fear can understandably become overwhelming. With each passing month, the anxiety can start consuming your thoughts, leaving you frustrated and hopeless. This is a painful, often [...]

My husband and I created our daughter Sammy the good old-fashioned way. A year later, while all my girlfriends were getting pregnant with their second and third children, I was undergoing an infertility incursion, an incursion that took me into the depths of despair. At that time, I was grasping for a miracle. But here’s the [...]

The last thing I want to do is change my skin products or skin routine. First of all, I have all that I need at this point. I can’t imagine how it would be to completely change it, try new products and see what I like. Besides, I have the same basic routine each and [...]

Sometimes the best way to take the stress out of the fertility journey is to connect with others, and one great way to do that is to share a good laugh! We’re building on our special Fertility Circle Series and talking with some of the leading personalities in the fertility field to gather tips, support, [...]

Hi! My name is Ally and I’m the social media gal here at Circle + Bloom. Some of you may know me through Circle + Bloom’s secret Facebook group, or through our customer service department. I wanted to write this blog post after I made some healthy changes to my diet and realized how applicable [...]

Sometimes I receive an email from y'all that hits me deep to the core. This one comes from Renae. And no, she did not have the greatest of news. Her last and final IVF failed, and they have decided to end their journey. She shared with me extreme sorrow and pain with this decision. There [...]

Maybe you are like me and you are taking a greater interest in learning about the various chemicals in our everyday products. What exactly is in my facial moisturizer? What are parabens and do I need to worry? For sure, it's all very very confusing, and I think the various manufacturers want us to be [...]

Sometimes the best way to take the stress out of the fertility journey is to connect with others. We’re building on our special Fertility Circle Series and talking with some of the leading personalities in the fertility field to gather tips, support, and insights on how to stay calm and feel empowered during all aspects [...]

We have some exciting news at Circle+Bloom! The Circle + Bloom blog is now featured on Alltop – a search engine and customizable news source where you can find out the latest happenings in a certain area of interest or create your very own “online magazine rack.” Alltop collects headlines from the latest and greatest [...]

Guest Blog by Elizabeth Leaphart. Looking for the answers outside us is a hard habit to kick, and even now I find I need reminding from time to time. Years ago I was in the middle of a complete life renovation; I left an unhealthy marriage and started over completely. I left no stone unturned [...]

Sometimes the best way to take the stress out of conception is to connect with others. We’re broadening our circle and talking with some of the leading personalities in the fertility field to gather tips, support, and insights on how to stay calm and conceive. Helen Adrienne: The Three Most Important Strategies for Dealing with [...]

You may have guessed that practicing yoga is one of our favorite ways to relax here at Circle + Bloom. Beyond the physical benefits that yoga provides (like improved flexibility, strength, and balance) there’s an incredible sense of mental and spiritual well-being that comes along with yoga practice. Yoga’s amazing effects are beneficial for everyone, [...]

How is your start to the New Year going? I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling more than a little relieved that the holidays are behind us. We can all take a nice deep, cleansing breath and get back to normalcy! As you embrace the calm of settling into a routine again, it’s a [...]

Our Favorite Blog Posts from 2014

2014 was a fantastic year for Circle + Bloom. We put in lots of hard work to make our programs even better, heard amazing testimonials from women around the world, taken new initiatives to develop a more robust and supportive community, and shared information to inform and inspire you! This past week I’ve had a [...]

Camille Preston is an expert psychologist, speaker, and consultant for businesses and individuals on ways to live a happier, more productive life. Her belief in embracing your full potential through self-awareness and tapping into innate emotional intelligence was put to the test when infertility took her on a physical and mental rollercoaster. Camille delivered a [...]