A 10 week online course to support those trying to conceive, going through fertility treatments or in early pregnancy following infertility.
Take the foundation course for FREE NOW, plus I am offering the first 4 weeks of the course for just £48.
Mindfulness. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). (With some evolutionary psychology, positive psychology, hypnosis and visualisation thrown into the mix.)
First 4 Weeks
I decided to sign up for the course because I felt that I had already spent a lot of time and energy on preparing my body e.g. acupuncture, diet, hysteroscopy etc. and hadn't really thought about my mind and how I could support myself through this. There is counselling at my clinic but at that time I didn't feel at crisis I just wanted to have some techniques and to build a habit of nurturing and being kind to myself, so Embrace fitted that perfectly. I also do much better with courses where I am in contact with people rather than books etc. so the online community element was a big draw for me too.
– Maeve, Embrace member
Embrace Foundation Course - TAKE THIS WEEK FOR FREE
An hours worth of content with video, MP3 and ebook on the subject of how our thinking affects every area of our lives. In your FREE fertility support pack (sign up to receive) I discussed how with mindfulness and CBT we can step back from our thoughts and observe them. In this session I expand on this and explain how we can change our thinking and therefore our lives.
Week 1: Focus on change
Slow down and assess exactly where you are today in all areas of your life. Set intentions for the course.
Week 2: Coping with a negative
Learn techniques to help deal with an negative result, thought or physical sensation.
Week 3: My body
Our mind and body are interconnected. Begin to learn how to love and trust your body again.
Week 4: Me, myself and I
The relationship we have with ourselves is the longest we will ever experience. We will expand our practice of self-compassion and discuss the phenomena of post traumatic growth and how that allows us to build resilience.
Week 5: My relationships
Infertility can cause us to isolate ourselves, this week will focus on reconnecting with your partner, friends and family and creating a support team around you.
Week 6: Letting go and what that means
Letting go does not mean giving up, it is coming to a place of acceptance in your current situation and allowing life to unfold with ease.
Week 7: Where do I want to be?
I will introduce my personal version of the coaching tool the wheel of life and explain how setting goals and intentions for every area of your life can actually help recapture the excitement of when you first decided to try for a baby.
Week 8: Focus your intention
Continuing our wheel of life exercise. We will be discussing why setting goals from a place of feeling is so important, taking inspired action and using visualisation to hone in on exactly what you want your future to look like.
Week 9: Moving forward
We will create an ongoing support plan for the next stage on your journey incorporating the tools and techniques you have learnt over the past weeks. We will be discussing how to keep yourself moving forward towards parenthood.
BONUS WEEK: Surviving the holidays
Mother’s Day, Christmas, our birthdays, weddings and family celebrations are a time when it is really difficult not to think about how we had expected our lives to turn out. In this bonus week I share numerous techniques for not only surviving but thriving during holidays and family gatherings.
I think the Embrace course has come at just the time I most need it for helping with the emotional toll of what's been a much longer journey to start a family than we hoped, and I'm enjoying learning new ways of seeing and thinking about things, and also being part of a small community of others going through similar experiences.
- Jo, Embrace member
What is included:
How much time will I need to commit to the course?:
Some mindfulness courses ask you to commit to practice 45 mins a day. I tried to do this with the first course I took and found it incredibly stressful! I should point out that this course is not a MBSR or MBCT course but a George's marvellous medicine concoction of my own creation. I have been inspired by both the mindfulness courses I have taken and the many books I have read on the subject but this course includes many other ideas and techniques.
You will receive a personal log in to gain access to the online course and have ongoing access so you can watch/listen when convenient for you. It will be completely up to you how much you participate. As we know as a general rule the more effort you put in the more you get out but with mindfulness if you are forcing yourself to meditate in order to be more relaxed then it is unlikely you will feel the benefit.
I suggest you take up the Embrace Fertility 5x6x7 challenge. Practice mindfulness meditation for 5 mins a day, 6 days a week for 7 weeks. It takes 7 weeks to form a habit and you are much more likely to be able to commit to 5 minutes a day rather than 45. Every day you practise for 5 minutes you can give yourself a gold star, any longer is a major bonus. I will explain in week one how our minds are more likely to move towards reward and shy away from daunting goals.
I really enjoy bringing mindfulness into my day, the shorter meditations are great at lunch hour and ‘detaching’ myself from my thoughts is making a real difference. The two key things I loved though, and that I feel helped me more than anything else, were your take on 'positive' thinking, and the attitude of 'yes please!' to seeing other pregnant women. I was lucky enough to have IVF at Guys, where the success rates for a blastocyst transfer for someone my age (33) was around 50%. It was so much easier to say to myself "well, it works for 50% of the people, so why shouldn't that include me too?", rather than "this will work, this will work!". It meant that my husband and I entered IVF very positively, and managed to laugh a lot throughout. PS I started the course started as I was beginning my first cycle of IVF, and I am very chuffed to say that I am now 14 weeks pregnant. I sincerely believe that the techniques you share, especially EFT (which, you are right, I did feel daft doing, but had a strange magnetic draw which meant I returned to it when things were tough) played a part.
- Clare, Embrace member
Read about my qualifications and experience and why I set up Embrace Fertility here. I would like to mention at this point that I'm not saying that I have all the answers, anyone who tells you they do is either lying to you or delusional! What I hope this course will offer is inspiration and insight to your own answers, those moments of clarity which change your life however subtly from that moment forth. The ideas and techniques I share with you are ones that have changed my life and allowed me to become the happiest and most free I'd ever been even before getting pregnant. (Read about my personal fertility journey here.)
First 4 Weeks
Full money back guarantee if you are not entirely satisfied after week two of the course to ensure that you are completely happy with both my coaching style and the course content.
There are many paths to becoming a parent; natural conception, assisted conception in the form of IUI, IVF or ICSI, the use of donor eggs or sperm, surrogacy, fostering and adoption. No matter which path you find yourself on and however challenging I hope that with the right support, inspiration and community you too can embrace your journey to motherhood.
Note: Embrace Fertility online support group is free to join, simply request to be invited to the group on the sign-up form.
I also run a free monthly support group in central London, see the community page for details and links to many other free support groups.
Embrace is a course I have created for those interested in starting their own mindful practice and learning more about the mindbody link.