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The things I wish I’d known

The things I wish I’d known

I was recently interviewed by the lovely Jessica Hepburn for┬áher latest Fertility Road magazine article. Full interview below and link to PDF of article at bottom of blog. Please could you tell us your fertility story. At 19 I was diagnosed with endometriosis following excruciating periods, I was told extremely bluntly that having children may…

Mindfulness for fertility

What is Mindfulness?

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is about paying attention, deliberately and without judgement, as best you can, to what is going on in your body and your mind and in the world around you. – Jon Kabat-Zinn founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) We spend the majority of our lives on automatic pilot, reacting to situations from habit and…

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Hi I'm Naomi. After my first round of fertility treatment failed I was exhausted, depressed and was having panic attacks. My fertility clinic suggested that I undertake a mindfulness-based stress reduction course. I did and the result has been life changing. The course opened my eyes to how our thoughts and feelings shape our lives and how our bodies respond to our thinking, anxious thinking = anxious body. 

I left my career in furniture design to focus on myself and my health and began reading everything I could on the mindbody link. I set up Embrace Fertility to share all that I am learning and to connect to others interested in this subject. I am an Infertility Network UK volunteer and run a free online support group. I retrained as a therapist and work with people 1 to 1 offering mindfulness coaching and Cognitive Hypnotherapy as well as running online courses. Continue reading

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