Embrace Fertility

Hi! 👋🏻I’m Lauren, a fertility nurse providing integrative support to naturally optimize and take charge of your fertility wellness! I'm here as a trusted partner to educate you and empower your fertility journey. 🦋

Each month, I share a fertility food in my newsletter. In June, we took a virtual trip across the pond with a Healthy Fish n Chips recipe highlighting the month’s fertility food - salmon!

Omega-3s have long been known to promote fertility, especially in men, and salmon is overflowing with these fatty acids. Wild-caught salmon is a great alternative to red meat, and doesn’t have the dangerous levels of mercury found in many other fish. Other important reproductive nutrients found in salmon are selenium and vitamin D - get your daily recommended vitamin D with just three ounces!

Subscribe to my newsletter at embracefertility.com to get the inside scoop on July’s fertility food (and a recipe!) later this month.

As we continue to feel the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) is diligently providing updates and recommendations to the fertility world. Stay up to date here: https://www.reproductivefacts.org/news-and-publications/covid-19-resources-for-patients/

Following your local and federal government guidelines is crucial, but additional reliable resources for something this important are vital as well.

I am so excited to announce the launch of Embrace Fertility’s new website! After lots of sweat and maybe a few tears, I am so proud to see my vision for the site come to life. Check it out at embracefertility.com & let me know what you think!

Happy Independence Day! I hope everyone enjoys a fun, safe day. To those who are struggling with infertility, I know every holiday can serve as a difficult reminder of what you’re longing for… and that’s without throwing a pandemic into the mix.

This is your reminder, or permission, to take care of yourself today, whatever that looks like for you. Your mental and emotional health are top priority. And if you need extra support, that’s what I’m here for.

Hi, I’m Lauren! I’d like to properly introduce myself to anyone who has recently been introduced to Embrace Fertility. I’m a fertility nurse for over 16 years and the founder of Embrace Fertility. Embrace Fertility grew from the realization that fertility medicine as a practice is focused on clinical treatment, and that emotional and other fertility wellness needs associated with care are often marked secondary, if addressed at all.

I wrote this letter to my former fertility patients, that I hope captures and helps tell the story of why Embrace Fertility is so important to me: https://www.embracefertility.com/post/a-letter-to-my-former-patients

Happy July! It’s officially #NationalIceCreamMonth, #NationalPicnicMonth, #NationalWatermelonMonth, #NationalGrillingMonth, and the list goes on… I think it’s clear, summer has arrived!

I am still staying safe at home, but if I could travel it would be to Florida to visit my parents, or the Bahamas for a dreamy tropical getaway! Where do you wish you could be?

As #MensHealthMonth wraps up, I want to explore a topic we often remain far too quiet about: Men and infertility.

Infertility is largely thought of as a woman’s issue, or that women are the only ones dealing with difficult emotions due to the struggle - but that is simply not true. Male infertility affects at least one-third of couples who are struggling to conceive. And often, men do not have the social networks set up to talk about what they’re experiencing.

Jimmy Fallon and his wife recently opened up about their fertility struggles. “I was sleeping upside down,” he recalled. “I was dangling from my feet that were attached to the ceiling. I had magnets in my underwear!” Full article here: https://www.today.com/parents/jimmy-fallon-wife-nancy-juvonen-talk-fertility-struggles-t180167

Public figures often start the conversation, but we must continue it. Here is a reminder to be there for the men in your life, and to remind them that it is safe (and even brave) to open up when they are struggling.

One of my favorite ways to cope through stress, devastation, or anxiety is laughter. There is no cure like sharing a deep belly laugh with your people. Lately, Amy Schumer is my favorite comedian to turn to when I need some cheering up. Who or what has been making you laugh this June?

A man provides half of the blueprint for a future child. It is equally important for them to focus on optimizing their lifestyle habits, yet men are frequently neglected throughout the fertility journey. Of course, most men want to be there for their partner, but who is there for them?

To the silent infertility warrior – I am sorry that you are alone. I am sorry that you are being left alone. It is time to speak up and use your voice to show others they are not alone. https://www.embracefertility.com/post/the-silent-infertility-warrior

My approach to enhancing fertility naturally follows my Wellness Pathway system, focused on making small impactful changes to produce lasting results.

Stress Management and Resilience is one of my pathways, and getting a handle on the havoc stress wreaks on our hormones is so important. The tricky part is that combatting stress looks different for everyone! I know many rely on yoga to calm down, but for me, stretching on a mat sounds boring so I need an activity like kickboxing to help me manage my stress better. For every person who swears by running, there is another who can’t stand the thought of lacing up their sneakers and jogging out the door.

It’s all about self-knowledge. When you find yourself getting stressed, what works best for you? I’d love to hear!

One of the first things I start working on with those on their fertility journey is nutrition! The food you consume can have a significant impact on the ability to conceive. You can’t out-supplement a bad diet. Here are some areas to focus on:

💚 You need healthy fats, choose from foods like avocado, nuts, coconut milk, and olive oil
💚 Eat the full rainbow of fruits and vegetables to maximize your nutrient intake of a variety of fertility-boosting antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.
💚 Choose organic, when possible.
💚 Incorporate whole grains daily for B vitamins, fiber, and immune-supporting antioxidants.
💚 Spices, like Turmeric and Cinnamon, are a great way to add antioxidants and other beneficial nutrients to meals without adding extra calories.

Each month, I send a newsletter that covers a fertility enhancing food and fun recipe! Sign up to receive the newsletter by visiting my website: https://www.embracefertility.com/

On #FathersDay, we celebrate the fathers we have, the fathers we’ve lost, and the men who are desperately waiting to become a father. Here is a virtual hug to everyone struggling - I hope you’re able to find a spark of hope for the future, without dismissing the pain of your present. I am here for you.

Tomorrow morning I am sending out my monthly newsletter! Subscribe at embracefertility.com to enjoy updates in the fertility health world, tips to spread awareness, and a monthly fertility food and delicious recipe. See photo for a hint on June’s fertility food!

I love using my newsletter as a way to keep in touch with all of you - I hope you’ll subscribe 💜

I hope this brightens your #MensHealthMonth and reminds you of the light and blessings in the world. Anderson Cooper announced the birth of his son, sharing, “As a gay kid, I never thought it would be possible to have a child, and I’m grateful for all those who have paved the way, and for the doctors and nurses and everyone involved in my son's birth. Most of all, I am grateful to a remarkable surrogate who carried Wyatt, and watched over him lovingly, and tenderly, and gave birth to him.”

Read the full article here: https://www.goodmorningamerica.com/culture/story/anderson-cooper-announces-father-praises-surrogates-70450217

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Fertility Journeys in the COVID-19 Crisis, with Lauren Haring

I am so excited to share my collaboration with @OOVAlife to provide guidance to those who are unsure of how to move forward on their fertility journeys during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this video, I answered a handful of questions surrounding COVID-19 and fertility, what we can do for fertility while stuck at home, how we can relieve stress right now, and much more. https://youtu.be/V6Yyk3BA-d0

I am grateful for the opportunity to get this information to those who need to hear it. I know that so much feels uncertain right now, but together, we will get through this.

Lauren Haring, a fertility nurse and founder of Embrace Fertility weighed in on some common questions surrounding fertility at this point in the COVID-19 cri...

#SelfCareSunday Reminder: Sometimes, we just need someone to listen. Not to give advice, try to fix the situation, or find a silver lining… just listen. Let’s all try to be that person for our family and friends. @notesfromyourtherapist

Did you know @resolveorg infertility support groups meet virtually across the nation? We all deal with the stress of infertility differently, but sometimes the best thing you can do is take some time to come together with others who know your pain first hand. You are not alone. Learn more about these support groups here: https://resolve.org/get-involved/events/action~agenda/time_limit~1590984000/request_format~html/

If you are looking for more one-on-one support and guidance, I’m here and would love to chat. https://www.embracefertility.com/bookings-checkout/fusion-call/book

Each month, I share a fertility food in my newsletter. In May, I discussed nature’s candy - blueberries! Definitive data pointing to one perfect fertility diet does not exist, but focusing on including a foundation of natural fertility-boosting foods in your diet is key to optimizing fertility wellness.

Like citrus fruits, blueberries are a great source of fiber, folate, magnesium, vitamins C and K, among many other vitamins and minerals. Blueberries also contain phytonutrients, like anthocyanins and flavonoids, with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties reducing the impact of inflammation throughout the body. These colorful members of the berry family help protect cells and repair cell damage from environmental toxins and free radicals — including eggs and sperm.

Blueberries are the perfect choice as a healthy snack on their own or to boost the nutrient quality of your dish. Try adding them to smoothies, yogurt, or your morning oatmeal. Subscribe to my newsletter at embracefertility.com to get the inside scoop on June’s fertility food (and a recipe!) later this month.

My treatment partner program is designed to empower clients through personalized education and direct support so they can confidently navigate fertility treatment. The toll infertility takes on every aspect of one’s life is devastating for many. The work we do together helps reduce the stress of medication and treatment overwhelm as well as the feeling of being alone. I am here to serve as a trusted ally with encouragement and valuable insight into their fertility journey.

Embrace Fertility's Treatment Partner Program improves the whole fertility experience and is virtual to maximize client safety and comfort. If you have any questions, I’d love to chat: https://www.embracefertility.com/bookings-checkout/fusion-call/book

We have all collectively been under a brand new, unfamiliar type of stress for almost 3 months now. As we work together to adapt, we also recognize that things will not be as simple as flipping a light switch and returning back to “normal.” And that realization brings on a whole new wave of stress.

I wrote this blog a while back about how to manage infertility stress, but the tips can be applied to all types of stress, especially right now. I hope this helps anyone who may need a reminder to take care of themselves first: https://www.embracefertility.com/post/7-tips-for-managing-infertility-stress

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So thankful for the opportunity to spread awareness about optimizing fertility wellness from within! Great way to spend the morning 💫

Take charge of your Fertility

I worked with @OOVAlife to share some advice for those on a fertility journey during this unprecedented time of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As restrictions are lifted and guidelines differ from state to state, it is increasingly becoming our individual duty to gather information and do what we can to keep ourselves,our loved ones, and our communities safe. Although the past few months have felt like years, the knowledge shared here still remains true and timely, and is worth a revisit as we all continue to adapt: https://oova.life/blogs/news/covid-19-and-fertility-questions-and-answers

For #MensHealthMonth, let’s resolve to advocate for the health of the men in our lives year-round.

Something many men deal with, but few talk about, is infertility due to male factors. Check out this article for more on men’s infertility and debunking myths: https://resolve.org/infertility-101/medical-conditions/male-factor/myths-men-infertility/

June 1st kicks off #MensHealthMonth, a month dedicated to raising awareness for the health challenges men face in life, so we can build a stronger tomorrow. Men on average have shorter life spans than women, while women are more likely to visit their doctor regularly. This #MensHealthMonth, remind your husband, partner, father, brother, grandfather, or friend to keep themselves in good health by making check-ups with their health care providers!

“Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.”

Tomorrow marks the start of a new month! What would you like to do in June - big or small - to make yourself happier?

You got this. Happy #InspirationalSunday!

What smell makes you smile? The smell of fresh rain bringing life and re-birth - and walking back into a room to the aroma of a delicious dinner I’ve been cooking at home.

Have a great weekend!

Fertility treatment is both exciting and at times, overwhelming. My Treatment Partner Program is designed to empower you through personalized education so you can confidently navigate treatment. The program is completely virtual so you can be where you are most comfortable. If you have any questions, I’d love to chat: https://www.embracefertility.com/bookings-checkout/fusion-call/book

Although Oncofertility is a relatively new term, people have needed to know their reproductive options in the face of cancer for a long time. I wrote a bit on the subject here: https://www.embracefertility.com/post/fertility-preservation-reproductive-options-in-the-face-of-cancer

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Happy #InspirationalSunday! Lately, we’ve all had to learn how to take care of ourselves during an unprecedented time. There are a handful of things we can control that can help us be the best “doctors” to ourselves! Here are mine:

💚 Real, whole foods
💚 Water!
💚 Sunshine
💚 Exercise
💚 Fresh air
💚 Journaling
💚 Meditation
💚 Good quality sleep

What would you add to the list? How have you been taking care of your physical, mental, and emotional needs? Share here so we can inspire one another to be the best “doctors” for ourselves that we can!

I know the toll infertility takes on every aspect of 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.

Embrace's Fertility Enhancing Program elevates the whole fertility experience and is virtual to maximize client comfort. If you have any questions, I’d love to chat: https://www.embracefertility.com/bookings-checkout/fusion-call/book

Happy Advocacy Day! RESOLVE holds this annual event so you have a chance to make your voice heard. The infertility community comes together to talk to Members of Congress about important issues, like increased access to family building options and financial relief. Thank you to all of the RESOLVE leaders and others from the infertility community who use this day to make a difference and deliver the message that people with infertility matter.

Keep up with today’s happenings here: https://resolve.org/get-involved/events/advocacy-day/

Dark leafy greens like spinach, kale, and Swiss chard are great sources of a multitude of vitamins and nutrients like zinc, selenium, iron, and folate - all important for fertility and fetal health. Are you Team Raw or Team Cooked when it comes to your leafy greens? 💚🥗

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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