Guest Bloggers

Guest blog by Nicole Aurelio. For a long time now, science has been quietly on the side of positive thinking. Cynics might tell you that it’s all New Age spiritual mumbo-jumbo, but that’s not true at all. In fact, science shows you are better off when you hold on to happy thoughts and keep an [...]

Guest Blog by Naomi Shaw. According to the Centers for Disease Control, one million married women between the ages of 15 and 44 suffer from infertility, and 6.9 million women have sought medical intervention to try to become pregnant. “Just relax” is a phrase that many infertile women hear often, and it’s become a phrase [...]

Guest blog by Anna, blogger at When I started sharing with people that we were having a “hard time getting pregnant” I couldn’t believe how many people told me if only I’d “just relax” it would happen. They said I needed to stop “stressing out” about getting pregnant. I read fertility blogs and fertility [...]

Guest Blog by Naomi Shaw At Circle + Bloom we are passionate about the power of the mind-body connection and helping women, including those wanting to conceive, to use this unbelievable resource and body “intelligence” to improve health, well-being, fertility, energy, and anything else we desire. We want to ignite a mind-body movement that empowers [...]

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 [...]

Guest blog by Cathy, a fitness writer at Garage Gym Planner. Sitting in my garden, I am thinking how my life has changed upside down in the past few months. It's astounding when I delve into it. I must share with you what I went through. Not too long ago, I was at the lowest [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Hormones and Fertility

Guest Blog by Robyn Srigley, 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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Guest Blog by Sarah Clark, health coach and author of the book Fabulously Fertile - Supercharge your Fertility Naturally. Did you know that what you eat directly impacts your fertility? If you have PCOS it is important to minimize your sugar and refined carbohydrates (such as those yummy cookies, cakes and holiday goodies). Did you [...]

Are You Really in Control?

Guest Blog by Katie Ryan, a Fertility Coach, guiding couples through pregnancy preparation and fertility solutions. They say becoming pregnant is the ultimate act of letting go. But what if you’re not good at letting go? What if you prefer to be in control? I see so many clients who are super-organized about having a [...]

Guest Blog by Vickie Barnes, co-founder of The journey to parenthood encompasses the full spectrum of emotions. At the start, everything is exciting and hopeful. You are full of dreams of how your future is going to bloom and how you will soon have a brand new baby in your arms. As the journey [...]

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

Through the Heart

Guest blog post by Karen Kelly of Through the Heart. My 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 [...]

Guest Blog by Rosanne Austin, founder of Maybe to Baby. It’s no mystery that fertility treatment is often a budget crushing expense. (Goodbye vacations, adieu disposable income!) As if that wasn’t bad enough, it’s an expense that comes at a time when you are likely feeling broken, defeated, and even desperate, after trying for months, or even [...]

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! Hi, I’m Julie Chang, founder and host of Fertility Revolution. I’m a [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Can Yoga Increase Fertility?

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, [...]

Why Become an Egg Donor?

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 [...]

The I Stands Alone

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 [...]

Fitness – The Key to Conception

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. Doctors have recently discovered that [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Perfect for You

Guest Blog by Elizabeth Reed, a freelance writer and a resident blogger at 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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Chinese Herbs and Fertility

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 [...]

Natural Ways To Deal With PCOS

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 [...]

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 [...]

Guest Blog by Dr Amanda Waaldyk, fertility expert and director of Angea Fertility Clinic. My best advice for couples struggling to conceive is for a woman to treat her body as if she were already pregnant. However, studies show natural therapies can increase your chance of having a healthy baby by up to 75 per [...]

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 [...]