I felt slightly disoriented about the date, having had the children home for Easter break for 2 1/2 weeks. They just went back to school yesterday and I can now find some breathing room to do a few of my favourite activities, one of which is reading other people's blogs. I'm ready to jump right in to the April list tonight.
I have a few interesting things going on here in
TTC from infertility and after miscarriage - Beginning in May, I'll be running 6-week fertility workshops for individuals and couples who want to maximize their chances of conceiving and carrying a healthy baby. There will be experiential taster sessions of different complementary therapies, including acupuncture, reflexology, massage, chiropractic care, fitness, hypnotherapy and, of course, my fertility coaching, tied together by group discussions on issues such as self-awareness, asking for support and decision-making.
Some folks are more "sit-back-and-watch" kind of people, but I always think that you establish comfort and understanding more easily when you get involved. I want everyone on the courses to go away with the knowledge that there are tools they can use to relax, centre and focus, restoring their confidence and control. This program will repeat throughout the year, to include new members. To also provide value to returning members, I'll be bringing new practitioners in each time, so attendees can get a chance to find the right practitioner for them.
I will use the same principles in two other workshop series this year:
- A mother/daughter workshop that will promote better communication and understanding of the stage of fertility they each find themselves. We'll address the younger women's issues relating to changing body, emerging fertility and sexuality. We will also address the mother's issues, which depending upon her age, will include diminished fertility, slower metabolism, concerns about attractiveness and aging. They will be treated to sessions with a nutritionist, reflexologist, yoga instructor, personal trainer and image consultant. We will give these women activities they can do together and feel good about without the pressure of direct conversation in an empty space; and
- A menopause workshop for women in peri-menopause or menopause who are concerned about how they feel and look. While it isn't strictly uniform, women begin experiencing changes in their weight, energy levels, annoying memory lapses, relationships, sexuality and sleep habits. They will be involved in group discussions, create a "patchwork quilt" of their fertility history and re-examine their identity, style and ability to make significant contributions to family, work, community. It's about being clear about their quality of life each step of the way
Circle + Bloom - If you don't already know, I am the fertility coach for Circle + Bloom, the American company that creates extraordinary audio programs to relax you and enhance your fertility through mind + body principles. Common issues for women who become pregnant after infertility, fertility treatment and/or recurrent miscarriage, are fear, stress, lingering anger, relationship difficulties and lack of support. Their customers have been great coaching clients, because they are enthusiastic about and committed to doing everything they can to help themselves. C + B are developing a program aimed specifically at IVF-assisted conception, to add to their popular 28-day program that syncs with your menstrual cycle and ovulation, a relaxation program for husbands, and sessions for pregnancy. I'm proud to be associated with Joanne and Susan, the women who founded Circle + Bloom, and I'm committed to providing another dimension to their work through fertility coaching. Please head over to my the blog page explaining the benefits of our work.
Finally, I am delighted to announce that I have been invited to be a regular blogger for the American Fertility Association's (AFA) Blog. I've been a fan of theirs and their dynamic Program Development Director and writer Corey Whelan for quite a while. Their mission statement is a commitment to preventing infertility whenever possible and to helping people build families of choice, particularly when faced with infertility. Their website, blog and programs in the community educate and support thousands of people, regardless of sexual preference or marital status, whose greatest wishes include good health and a family. I hope to provide the AFA, and you, with newsworthy, thought-provoking and interesting reading. You can find my first article, "It's Your Body; Know it to Own It," here.
Whew! That's it folks. I invite you to read the posts I've put up during my first year of blogging. It's not all fertility-related, as I also have a family life and an abiding interest in people, fun, love, injustice, good food, giving and living. Please leave comments. I depend upon them to keep me inspired to write, learning about all sorts of things and feel connected the people for whom I write. Having "0 Comments" after my posts makes me look like "Nancy No-Friends." I intend to be better this month about answering your comments. Have fun!