My Little Soldiers

My Little Soldiers by Glenn Barden

This week I am featuring My Little Soldiers by Glenn Barden.  I'm finding there are more and more men writing about infertility these days.  And good for them!  I like to see men finding their voices in the infertile world.  It's not all about women.  Just because women talk more, blog more, share more, doesn't mean there isn't the same number of men out there feeling the same emotional challenges  [More]

Infertility - Lisa's Story

Infertility: Lisa’s Story

I’d like to thank Lisa, writer of the blog Amateur Nester, for this guest post.  You might remember I featured Amateur Nester in a recent Blog Sharing is Caring post. In the beginning My husband and I have been married for 2 ½ years, and we started trying to conceive in March 2012.  On the day I took my last birth control pill, I remember my husband saying, “I have a feeling we’re going to get  [More]

Recurrent Miscarriage

Recurrent Miscarriage: Facts – Causes – Hope?

After my third miscarriage in January I officially entered the realms of "recurrent miscarriage".  Recurrent miscarriage was something that I had read about; something I was dreading; something I thought would never happen to us. Let's have a look at some of the facts, figures and causes of recurrent miscarriage first... Facts and figures About one woman in 100 experiences recurrent  [More]

Blog Sharing is Caring

Blog Sharing Is Caring: March

Welcome to the March issue of “Blog Sharing is Caring“. This month I am featuring two blogs and I definitely recommend you check them out: Waiting for Baby Bird - TTC Number 1 My husband and I have been married for 7 amazing years and we yearn for our own children; however due to PCOS, we are "challenged" in the fertility department.  The doctors have given me a 3% chance of conceiving on my  [More]

Grieving and Infertility

Miscarriage Grief & Infertility

I have recently been taking steps towards healing myself from the pain and hurt of our miscarriages.  During this process I have learnt a lot about myself and about grief. Denial With my first two miscarriages I expected myself to be back to normal very quickly, mentally beating myself up if I couldn't "get it together" and face the world.  I was in denial about how big it was emotionally.   [More]

Depression & Infertility

Infertility & Depression

Dr. Madeline Feingold, a Berkeley fertility counselor and reproductive medicine psychologist, says, “The level of depression and anxiety in the infertility population is the same as in cancer, heart disease, and HIV-positive patients.” Over the last few years I have never really considered that I might be depressed.  I knew that something wasn't right because of my extreme ups and downs.  I  [More]

Mindfulness

How Recurrent Pregnancy Loss Changed Me by Sheila Bayliss

For this guest post I’d like to thank Sheila Bayliss, stress reduction coach and developer of Lollipop Coaching.  Connect with Sheila on Twitter @LollipopWB I’ve never written the story of my fertility issues before.  Heaps of private journals yes, but not an account for others to read.  I could fill a whole book, and one day I probably will, given that I struggled to find helpful books about  [More]

When's it my turn?

Bitter: When is it my Turn?

In the last few weeks I have dealt with an onslaught of pregnancy announcements.  It seems to be relentless: A friend's announcement, then a close work colleague, then a friend I work with, then a neighbour came home with their newborn last week.  When I turn to the online infertility world to vent my woes, it seems I am faced with another barrage of BFP announcements and/or comments about birth  [More]

Mindfulness

Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World

I was recommended this book recently by Sheila Bayliss, stress reduction coach and developer of Lollipop Coaching.  Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World by Prof Mark Williams and Dr Danny Penman is currently Amazon's best seller in Spiritual Meditation, not to mention it has 4 1/2 stars with almost 400 customer reviews. At the moment I am desperate to calm my mind  [More]

Angel Babies

My Angel Babies

I've always been big on science and was never into calling our miscarriages "angel babies".  I always tried to be tough.  I often denied my grief and tried to tell myself that our losses were just nature's way.  But in the last couple of weeks (prompted by an insensitive friend) I have totally shifted my view and have come to accept what I have been denying for so long. A sympathetic ear gone  [More]

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