Embrace Fertility

Embrace Fertility offers family building support for anyone seeking reproductive clarity and guidance. We evaluate and educate natural methods to optimize fertility preconception focusing on nutrition, stress, sleep, environment, and movement.

Giving thanks can make you happier and healthier. Gratitude helps us feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.

I am grateful for all of the events that have led me through my journey. All the amazing and wonderful things, along with the bumps and obstacles, have brought me to exactly where I want to be. Tell me one thing you’re grateful for today!

American Society for Reproductive Medicine

A Webinar for Patients: Answering Your Questions, presented by the ASRM COVID-19 Task Force on Friday, May 1, 2020 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT. Register for the webinar at https://bit.ly/Update3Answers #covid19 #coronavirus #infertility #fertility

My Fertility Enhancing programs are designed to empower you through personalized education to make small lifestyle modifications so you can use this time to boost fertility from within. Whether trying naturally or waiting impatiently for fertility treatments to restart, now is the time to focus on your fertility foundation. I know the toll infertility takes on every aspect in your life, so I am here to serve you as a trusted ally. I will support you, encourage you and provide you with valuable insight to boost your fertility wellness.

Through calls and email, the program can be done completely digitally. If you have any questions, I’d love to chat: https://www.embracefertility.com/bookings-checkout/fusion-call/book

Happy #InspirationalSunday! Here is an article full of people who inspire me (starting with my favorite, Amy Schumer!) as they speak up about their emotional IVF journeys: https://people.com/parents/amy-schumer-gabrielle-union-celebrities-open-up-ivf/?slide=7008292#7008292

One of the best quotes here is from Michelle Obama - “I think it’s the worst thing that we do to each other as women, not share the truth about our bodies and how they work, and how they don’t work.” I hope this inspires you to share your truth, in whichever way makes you most comfortable, when you’re ready.

As Infertility Awareness Week comes to a close, I urge you to stay involved all year round by remaining educated. The best resources are:⁠

▪️ https://infertilityawareness.org/⁠
▪️ https://resolve.org/⁠

RESOLVE's advocacy day is May 20, 2020. Learn more about how you can get involved here: https://resolve.org/get-involved/events/advocacy-day/⁠

Struggling to communicate about painful things is very human - we have all been there. When someone in our lives is having difficulty conceiving, we want to be there, but often aren’t sure how. One thing we can all do for Infertility Awareness Week is educate ourselves on what is most appropriate and helpful. ⁠

DON’T:⁠
❌ Minimize their problem by urging them to find a silver lining in their situation⁠
❌ Suggest they “just relax and it will happen”⁠
❌ Gossip about their situation to others⁠
❌ Complain about your pregnancy to them⁠

Please DO:⁠
❤️ Let them know how much you care… That you might not always understand, but you will do your best⁠
❤️ Ask them what they need⁠
❤️ Remember them on Mother’s and Father’s Day⁠
❤️ Let them know about your pregnancy in a way that lets them handle their initial reaction privately ⁠

More on this here: https://resolve.org/support/infertility-and-relationships/what-to-say-and-not-to-say-to-someone-living-with-infertility/⁠

“National Infertility Awareness Week, (NIAW) is a movement, founded in 1989 by RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association. Its mission is to empower you and change the conversation around infertility. All too often myths and misinformation appear in media stories or influence lawmakers and companies to enforce policies that create barriers for people who need help building their family. And still people feel isolated when they struggle to build a family, so we want to empower them to share their story and find a community that cares.”

Infertility Awareness Week has been impacted by Covid-19, but it is still happening! Learn how here: https://infertilityawareness.org/

On this #InspirationalSunday, as we begin Infertility Awareness Week, I want to say: If you are struggling with infertility and feel ready to share, inspire others with your story. Whether your story is one of joy or heartbreak, whether your chapter is finished or it has just begun, we need to foster conversation. Infertility does not discriminate and it creates an abundance of different situations. It is lonely.

You don’t have to have a certain job or be in the public eye to be inspiring. Especially today, we have the resources to reach so many - you never know who will benefit from hearing what you have to say. Together, we find strength in sharing.

National Infertility Awareness Week is coming up, beginning on April 20th. Did you know infertility impacts 1 in 8 families in the U.S. today? It’s time to share the truths about #MyInfertilityStory to help others realize the far-reaching effects and consequences of turning a blind eye to a medical diagnosis. #NIAW2020⁠

“Infertility affects relationships in the deepest way: The relationship you have with your partner, the relationship you have with your friends and family, the relationships you have at work and the relationship you have with yourself and your own body. All of these are challenged.” - Andrea Syrtash

My Fertility Enhancing program is designed to empower you through personalized education to make small lifestyle modifications so you can use this time to boost fertility from within. Whether trying naturally or waiting impatiently for fertility treatments to restart, now is the time to focus on your fertility foundation. I know the toll infertility takes on every aspect in your life, so I am here to serve you as a trusted ally. I will support you, encourage you and provide you with valuable insight to boost your fertility wellness.

Learn more here: https://www.embracefertility.com/services

“Lauren is one of the most gifted nurses I have had the privilege to work with in my career. Her clinical skills are unparalleled but even more impressive is her ability to connect with each and every patient… I trust her wholeheartedly and would recommend her without reservation for anyone trying to navigate this challenging and sometimes overwhelming journey.” - J.C., Board Certified Reproductive Endocrinologist practicing since 2002

Read the full testimonial at https://www.embracefertility.com/testimonials

I strive to provide the best care possible to each of my clients, and am humbled by these words of recognition. Thank you for the support!

This Instagram post from Amy Schumer outlining her IVF process is one of the ones that made me fall in love with her! https://www.instagram.com/p/B8k7wPTJikl/?igshid=1p385pgy50xja

Is there someone out there who inspires you by speaking about their struggles? Share them with me this #InspirationalSunday

Hi, I’m Lauren! I’d like to say hello to anyone who has recently been introduced to Embrace Fertility. I’m a fertility nurse for over 15 years and the founder of Embrace Fertility. I always knew I wanted to have a career in medicine, but a few key moments in my life helped me discover my passion for helping those struggling with fertility. The first of these moments was my choice to become an anonymous egg donor. I share about my experience and why it was so impactful for me here: https://www.embracefertility.com/post/the-gift-of-possibility

Did you have a defining moment where you knew exactly what you wanted for your career? I would love to hear about it!

With ASRM's recommendations, it makes this pandemic even more dark and lonely. Canceling or postponing fertility treatment for any reason can be frustrating but when it's out of your control, it adds another layer of frustration, anger, and sadness. I'm here to support you with my programs and some insight on ways you can boost your fertility from within. Schedule a call with me to learn how you can enhance your fertility wellness [insert link].

Updated recommendations from ASRM for 3/30/2020 through 4/13/2020: https://www.asrm.org/Patient-Mgmt-COVID-19?utm_source=Informz&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=EmailBlast&_zs=st6ud1&_zl=si0e6

As our lives continue to be impacted by Covid-19, I want to share that I’m offering virtual support for those who are not able to go in for fertility treatment. I am here to talk through the recommendations we’re receiving from the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), to listen to your frustrations, and to guide you through next steps as we look for a light at the end of the tunnel. Fertility wellness should ideally begin at least three months prior to getting pregnant, now may be the perfect time for you to focus on fertility from within. Click to learn more about how Embrace Fertility can help.

To stay up to date as new questions surrounding Covid-19 and fertility arise, RESOLVE has put together wonderful resources: https://resolve.org/support/resolve-support-resource-center/

On each #InspirationalSunday this April, I want to share about someone who has certainly been inspiring me lately: Amy Schumer! She’s been extremely candid about her journey with secondary infertility, endometriosis, and IVF.

I am always glad when public figures share their stories, but her ability to infuse her struggles with humor have made me even more of a fan. Being able to laugh together is just as important as being able to cry together.

This coverage from ABC News outlines her story & the meaningful impact sharing it has had: https://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/video/amy-schumer-shares-2nd-child-fertility-issues-families-68264107

I chose to freeze my eggs because I could. And I have never doubted my decision for a minute. What I did is not right for everyone, but all women deserve to know all they can about their reproductive options. I only want other women to have the ability to say they chose what was right for them. I shared about my journey here: https://www.embracefertility.com/post/why-i-chose-to-freeze-my-eggs

It’s no April Fool’s that nuts are fertility-boosting… you know, almonds, walnuts, pistachios, Brazil nuts, & more!

Each month, I write about a fertility boosting food & recipe in my newsletter. In March, I shared how to make Broccoli Almond Protein Salad! A single portion of nuts (like almonds!) provides plant protein, good fats (omega-3’s), minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants like selenium, which plays a role in fighting off free radicals (toxins) that can damage eggs and sperm.

Subscribe to my newsletter at embracefertility.com to get the inside scoop on April’s fertility food later this month.

I use an integrative health and wellness approach to fertility optimization. My Wellness Pathway system focuses on making small impactful changes to produce lasting results. Movement and Sexual Health is one of my Wellness Pathways - it’s no surprise that the extreme stress of infertility can be a cause of sexual difficulties for both partners, and is not a topic we’ll shy away from if you’re struggling.

You can learn more about each of the Wellness Pathways and my programs here: https://www.embracefertility.com/services

As Endometriosis Awareness Month comes to a close, I hope this in-depth article will inspire you to spread awareness all year long.

“For these women, the disease is like a second job. The average patient will spend 10 years seeing 5 doctors for a diagnosis, go through multiple surgeries, and be forced to fork over thousands of dollars (insurance doesn’t always cover the costs associated with necessary endo care).”

Read more, and get inspired: https://www.cosmopolitan.com/health-fitness/a30779164/endometriosis-cure-treatment-research-government-funding/

#InspirationalSunday

I know fertility treatment can be extremely overwhelming - Embrace Fertility’s Treatment Partner program is designed to help empower you to confidently navigate treatment with a trusted ally by your side. Personalized education and clarification at each step of your journey along with resources designed to support you through treatment so you have a smoother and less stressful experience.

To complement the care you're receiving at the fertility clinic we’ll discuss your fertility journey, treatment plan and medication protocol, monitoring, retrieval and transfer results as well as cycle outcome.

Before, during, and after your treatment, I aim to support you as a trusted partner, encouraging you all the way through. If you’d like to talk and learn more, you can schedule a Fusion Call with me at https://www.embracefertility.com/book-online/fusion-call/book

We are living through history - chances are, your life has already been significantly impacted by the Coronavirus. It is natural for us to feel overwhelmed, anxious, and stressed. There is much we can’t control, so let’s focus on what we can. Here are some things I am doing for myself right now:

▪️ Setting boundaries with the news and social media. Yes, it is important to stay updated - please do, from reputable sources! However, tuning in by the hour is not necessary. Each day, decide when you will check, and allow yourself to focus on other things in between. Your mood will improve greatly.
▪️ Calling my loved ones daily, or as often as possible - social distancing doesn’t have to make us feel isolated.
▪️ Setting an intention for each day. This allows me to create structure while also being flexible as things change. Some days, I can finish a work project. On others, keeping my family fed and amicable is a win. Release your expectations and just do your best - this is uncharted territory for us all.

Have you been able to find a silver lining amidst the chaos? Maybe you’re cleaning out closets or finally getting around to that pile of books on your nightstand. Let me know what’s helping you, I’d love to hear!

To my ladies struggling with infertility through Covid-19: I know that as we’re socially distancing and quarantining, you’re seeing jokes on social media about “Quarantine Babies.” And I know that these jokes might sting as you’re receiving them simultaneously with the news that you’re not able to get the help you need to conceive right now.

I’m offering virtual support for those who may not be able to go in for treatment. I am here to talk through the recommendations we’re receiving from the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), to listen to your frustrations, and to guide you through next steps as we look for a light at the end of the tunnel. Fertility wellness should ideally begin at least three months prior to getting pregnant, now may be the perfect time for you to focus on fertility from within. Click to learn more about how Embrace Fertility can help.

To stay up to date as new questions surrounding Covid-19 and fertility arise, RESOLVE has put together a wonderful resource: https://resolve.org/infertility-101/medical-conditions/covid-19-and-fertility/

Tia Mowry-Hardict is open about endometriosis and possible infertility making her feel out of control. Daisy Ridley says don’t be afraid of coming off as a hypochondriac if your body isn’t feeling right. Dolly Parton shares her suffering with extreme depression after learning she would not be able to have children. Many more celebrities have spoken about their battles with endometriosis and fertility: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/celebrities-with-endometriosis_n_56e1ba4ee4b065e2e3d51bca

The conversations often begin with public figures and celebrities, and it’s so powerful when they share, but let’s not let it stop there. Let’s spread awareness within our trusted personal circles and our own communities. And if you need someone to talk to, I am always here to listen.

#InspirationalSunday

With the world in increasing turmoil over the Coronavirus, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) is diligently putting out updated recommendations for both patients and healthcare providers in the fertility world. Instead of watching virus numbers continue to change, here are some links to a trusted resource for the fertility community:

▪️ For links to updates about Novel Coronavirus and COVID-19 pertaining to fertility: https://www.asrm.org/news-and-publications/novel-corona-virus-sars-cov-2-and-covid-19-updates/
▪️ For updated recommendations from ASRM as of March 17, 2020: https://www.reproductivefacts.org/news-and-publications/novel-corona-virus-sars-cov-2-and-covid-19-updates/

Following your local and federal government guidelines is crucial, but additional resources for something this important are vital as well. Stay safe and healthy everyone!

Relationships and connection is one of the Wellness Pathways I focus on with clients. Fertility struggles add stress to even the strongest relationships, so it’s imperative to remember to connect and communicate with one another effectively.

Here are some tips to consider if you and your partner are having a hard time conceiving:

❤️ Schedule non-infertility dates. This is very likely always on both of your minds, so give yourselves time to talk about anything and everything else.
❤️ Bring spontaneity into your sex lives. When struggling with fertility, sex can start to feel a lot like work. I’ll let you use your imaginations here, but focus on being spontaneous, fun, and romantic!
❤️ Get physical together in another way - exercise together to cope with the stress you’re both facing. Run, play tennis, go dancing, ride bikes. Strengthen your bodies and your bond.

If you’d like to learn more about my fertility enhancing programs, book a Fusion Call at https://www.embracefertility.com/book-online/fusion-call/book

Hi, I'm Lauren!

Since 2004, I have been a fertility nurse.

Graduating from nursing school and landing my first gig in a fertility practice was the best. I was happy, motivated, and itching to start the next chapter of my life. But it was summer '05 that forever changed me. It's also the reason why I am here, doing what I am doing, today.

It was a pretty normal weeknight, for my thirty-something self. I was plodding away at a puzzle while munching on a slice of cheese pizza (riveting, I know) when my phone rang. I was on-call for the fertility practice so I instantly morphed from puzzle master Lauren into fertility nurse Lauren. On the other end of this after-hours call was a patient with medication questions. In the time it took me to take in one pre-response breath, I knew she needed more than her med questions answered, she needed me.

Though I don't remember every word of the conversation, I remember hanging up the phone after the call feeling different. I truly sensed the power of seeing the big picture and knowing exactly how to help. It was as if the purpose was a person and she was hugging me tight. Oh, so tight. A bear-hug level embrace.

That night I knew I was meant to help people. Not in a this-is-your-fertility-nursing-job way but in a patients-need-more-than-a-clinical-protocol way. Fertility medicine as a practice is focused on clinical treatment. And, unfortunately, emotional needs associated with care are often marked secondary, if addressed at all. Emotional health education, wellness plans, and having a neutral partner helping to make sense of it all isn't par for the course.

That's why I am here.

That's why I care.

And that is why you should set up a complimentary Fusion Call with me.

Let's talk, embrace your journey, and keep you moving forward.

(Virtual hugs, optional.)

~ Lauren

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