“Embrace Fertility offers a brilliant, confidential source of support and solidarity for women who are trying to conceive. I recommend it to women all over the world who want to connect with other women who really understand how it feels.”
- Jessica Hepburn, Embrace Fertility member and & author of 'The Pursuit of Motherhood'
Embrace Fertility has 4 free online groups for anyone trying to conceive, going through fertility treatments, who is now pregnant or a parent following infertility and is interested in learning more about mindfulness and the mind-body link.
The groups are a safe space so please use them to discuss anything and everything on your fertility journey. The fertility and pregnancy groups are secret Facebook groups, the content is only viewable by members so won’t show up on your page or newsfeed and no-one can see that you are a member. The only way to access the group is via direct invitation, you can’t search for it as the page is encrypted to keep it secure, so request to join via the signup form and I'll email you an invite.
I love the fact that unlike forums you actually get to know the other people in the group and it is really nice having a photograph of them as you feel more connected.
- Sarah Embrace Fertility member
There are four group pages:
Embrace Fertility : The benefit of the group being on Facebook is that you have access to support and understanding whenever you need it, members also post when they are having a good day so the group feels more balanced than some forums that can become very negative places. (Who logs onto an infertility forum when they are feeling upbeat?) We discuss fertility boost tips, positive psychology, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), meditation, emotional freedom technique, healthy eating and how to stop yourself going crazy on this journey to motherhood! I called the group Embrace Fertility as I want it to be a fertility support group that grows with us rather than an infertility group. Sign-up now
Mindful Pregnancy : A second secret group for all things pregnancy related as I know how difficult it is to see pregnancy posts following a failed cycle. This page is fantastic to dip into if visualisation is part of your fertility plan and is packed full of beautiful inspiring images. I feel very strongly that forums and groups that kick people out as soon as they get that positive pregnancy result are adding to the feelings of separation that women feel while trying to conceive (TTC). It encourages a “them and us” mentality which is not healthy. The research I am doing also indicates that if someone has suffered from infertility getting that BFP (big fat positive in forum lingo) does not wipe out all of the months of worry and upset. Yes you have reached your much longed for goal but may feel more anxious about pregnancy than if you conceived straight away and have more fears regarding loosing the pregnancy. I encourage you to join the main group as well as this one as members who are now pregnant offer amazing advice and support to those still TTC and in turn the group will support each other throughout their TTC journeys and pregnancies. Read more and join pregnancy group.
Embrace Bump to Baby's online support group. A space to support each other through later pregnancy and share inspiring birth posts/questions/info. Closed group just click to join: www.facebook.com/groups/embracebumptobaby
Mindful Parenting: The group includes friends who are raising their children to the principles of mindful parenting. Read more and join group.
Everyone is welcome to join all pages no matter where you are on your journey. Feel free to join and then leave if it is not your cup of tea.
I found this group during the darkest days of my life; I had just had a biochemical pregnancy following my first IVF. I was devastated! I wasn't coping - I was signed off work with depression, didn't want to see my friends & family, couldn't sleep, put on a ton of weight and cried every day. Since joining the group, I have started to turn my life around. I have come to realise the benefits of positive, mindful thinking. It has encouraged me to make time & take time out for myself, it has taught me new techniques and coping strategies to help me along this bumpy roller coaster ride and it has opened up a new support network of truly inspiring, supportive and understanding people. Thank you Naomi. I feel like I'm starting to get my life back and look forward to the future, as I now know that one day, some how, I will be a yummy Mindful Muma-to-be.
- Laura Embrace Fertility member
I joined this support group a year ago and found myself a whole new world connecting to like-minded people. The journey of infertility has been an isolated and harsh one but it all changed after I joined the group. Naomi’s brave embrace of the TTC journey and open discussion about the troubled mind are really encouraging to me. And it is fascinating that she always finds new things to share with us, such as meditation classes, mindfulness course and hypnotherapy. I admit I have been her faithful follower for most of her ideas and feel much healthier in my mind and my physical wellbeing also improves.
It is such a fun group too, for example, we went out for a Christmas meal and exchanged presents for each other. The regular social get-together enables us to meet the real people we have known from the Facebook group, and share personal experiences. It always fills my heart with warm feeling when I think of the amazing support and encouragement I have got from being part of this group.
- Apricot Embrace Fertility member
"During my five years of TTC I have been through three rounds of fertility treatment, two miscarriages and two operations. I have experienced hope, joy, despair and at times overwhelming sadness, during this time I reached out to various support forums seeking answers, help, support and maybe even a fertility friend or two! In January 2014 I was at home recovering from my second surgery for endometriosis when I felt myself slipping into a very dark place, I felt truly defeated, I was the saddest I had been in a while and felt like I had lost all hope.
Then one day, unexpectedly I saw an invite to join Embrace Fertility on the Infertility Network UK twitter feed. I had nothing to lose and hoped it would give me a connection to other ladies going through the same thing, this is when things started to turn around for me. After reading Naomi's blog and the fabulous advice on the website I began to feel not so alone and so began my journey to recovery, both mentally and emotionally. I realised this was the support group I'd been looking for over the last five years and finally I had found it. I have met some truly wonderful ladies, each with their own unique journey and capability of surviving what is a roller coaster ride!
The group has given me the opportunity to share my happy days and my sad days. I laugh now but during another 'pregnancy announcement' at work I found myself locked in the work toilet logging on so I could share how I was feeling and ask for help, within minutes I had over six responses and by the end of day I'd received over sixteen replies all giving me advice and support but most importantly just being there! I can't thank people like Naomi enough who give up their time whilst continuing their own journey to help others like myself. Since joining Embrace Fertility I've learned to be kind to myself, learn what makes me happy and live in the now but most importantly after five long years I finally feel like I've made some truly wonderful friends who I hope one day I get to meet in person. So thank you everyone and thank you Naomi xxx
- Michelle Embrace Fertility member
Disclaimer: Neither I nor any Embrace Fertility member will take any responsibility for you. I/we are not medically trained and all information posted both on this website and within the Embrace Fertility and Mindful Pregnancy group pages is purely to share personal experiences and to inspire. If you choose to make use of any of the information shared you agree to take full responsibility for your own well-being.
Mindfulness, EFT and hypnosis can be learned and self applied by almost anyone, and although no negative side effects have been noted, if you have a diagnosed psychiatric disorder you may want to consult the advice of a skilled professional and your doctor, as you would with any other therapy use.