10: Genevieve Siegel - Holistic Fertility Therapy Options including Fertility Massage

Genevieve Siegel is a Holistic Health Practitioner and one of San Diego’s Leading Authorities in Holistic Fertility treatments. She has personally helped more than 40 couples to fulfill their dreams of having a baby and through her work with San Diego reproductive wellness centers has helped countless others.

What is one thing that people can do to improve their outcome?

 Being optimally healthy in their mind, body, spirit, and emotions

Fertility Resource

Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler

Parting Advice

Holistic fertility treatments are a great complement to western fertility treatments.

Guest contact info

Genevieve Siegel,HHP & CMT

Gen Touch Massage & Holistic Therapy

Phone: (619) 865-6619(619) 865-6619

gen@gentouchmassage.com

www.gentouchmassage.com

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Improving Fertility with Hypnotherapy

Helen Adrienne has 35 years of experience in working with infertility patients as a psychotherapist in general practice.  Helen’s years of experience have resulted in authoring On Fertile Ground: Healing Infertility.  Just the other day, she once again received an email from a reader who was relieved to announce that just by reading the book, her depression and anxiety had eased.  Her comprehensive book is known for its capacity to relieve stress because it not only lays out a map where readers feel understood, but it also teaches effective mind/body coping skills at the end of each chapter.   

Helen’s training in mind/body interventions and clinical  hypnotherapy serve those in the fertility quest really well.  Besides clinical work, Helen teaches mind/body stress reduction classes for the prestigious NYU Fertility Center, presents at national and international conferences and trains professionals who seek expertise in working with the infertile population. 

Common stumbling block for people trying to conceive

Not knowing how to manage being out of control

Misconception about fertility

Can’t protect yourself from disappointment

What is one thing that people can do to improve their outcome?

Really good self-care

Fertility Resource

On Fertile Ground: Healing Infertility by Helen Adrienne

Guest contact info

Helen Adrienne, LCSW, BCD

Psychotherapist, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Practitioner of Mind/Body Therapy

helen@mind-body-unity.com

www.mind-body-unity.com (where many articles and blog posts can be found)

212-758-0125212-758-0125212-758-0125212-758-0125

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Stephanie Caballero, Founder of The Surrogacy Law Center, PLC

Stephanie Caballero is an attorney and is the founder of The Surrogacy Law Center and she has practiced exclusively in the field of assisted reproduction law since 2005. She has represented nearly 2,000 clients through surrogacy, egg donation, embryo donation and sperm donation.

Common stumbling block for people trying to conceive

  • Being mentally ready for egg donation

Misconception about fertility

  • Can an egg donor keep the baby?

What is one thing that people can do to improve their outcome?

  • Stress management

If you have a sister experiencing fertility issues, how would you advise her?

  • See a reproductive endocrinologist (REI)

Fertility Resources

  • Pved.org – info on egg donation
  • “Mommy Did I Grow in Your Tummy?: Where Some Babies Come from” – Elaine Gordon

Parting Advice

  • Keep your hope.

Guest contact info

Stephanie M. Caballero, Esq.

The Surrogacy Law Center, PLC

2701 Loker Ave West  Suite #100

Carlsbad CA 92010

Phone  760-438-0558 

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Sara Naab, male infertility advocate

SHOW NOTES

At age 23, Sara SDx was told she would never have children on her own. With determination, she took on her health, losing nearly 70lbs and becoming a tri-athlete. Along the way, she met the love of her life, a scientist from Northern California and with gratitude; they were able to naturally conceive both of their sons. Fueled by her passion to help people transform their health, Sara spent countless hours volunteering as a fitness and health coach. As a daughter, wife, sister to four brothers and mother to two sons, Sara developed a particular interest in men’s health and created Don't Cook your Balls as a resource to help men better understand their sexual and reproductive health.

In 2011, while working at a government lab, Sara’s husband Ulrich invented powerful technology capable of performing a variety of medical tests. The couple saw the technology as a powerful way for people to get feedback on what is happening inside the body. In 2012, they founded a biotech to develop Trak as a tool that empowers men to improve their fertility.

Common stumbling block for people trying to conceive

  • Potential male infertility doesn’t cross their mind
  • Improving semen quality takes time

Misconception about fertility

  • Infertility is not a fixed problem.
  • A lot of male factor infertility can be repaired.

What is one thing that people can do to improve their outcome?

  • Living a healthy life

  • Antioxidants

  • Keep the little boys cool

Fertility Resource

Guest contact info

Sara Naab
www.Dontcookyourballs.com
www.Trakfertility.com
email: snaab@sandstonedx.com
Twitter: @SaraSDx 

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PODCAST: Rachel Blunk, Fertility Acupuncture Specialist

SHOW NOTES

Rachel Blunk is an acupuncturist specializing in fertility enhancement with a thriving practice in Fort Collins, CO.  She helps women get pregnant and have a healthy pregnancy from start to finish.  She uses acupuncture, Chinese herbs and supplements to get women's (and men's) bodies back into balance naturally, so that conception is possible.

Common stumbling block for people trying to conceive

Not knowing what the actual issue is. 

Misconception about fertility

Infertility is caused by stress.

What is one thing that people can do to improve their outcome?

  • Reduce stress
  • Acupuncture

Fertility Resource

Guest contact info

Rachel Blunk
(970) 223-4422
www.BabybyBlunk.com

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PODCAST: Casey Berna, Endometriosis Patient Counselor and Advocate

SHOW NOTES

Casey is a licensed social worker with many years of experience in the non-profit sector as a counselor, advocate and community organizer. Casey also has been a presence in the infertility community as a writer and activist, using her own struggle with endometriosis and recurrent pregnancy loss to help others.

Common stumbling block for people trying to conceive

  • Endometriosis has major impact on a woman’s fertility e.g. egg quality, egg quantity, implantation, fetus development

Misconception about fertility

  • Periods aren’t supposed to be painful.

  • Pregnancy cures endometriosis.

  • Endometriosis can affect many parts of the body.

  • Birth control pills and hormonal medications only cause temporary relief from endometriosis.

What is one thing that people can do to improve their outcome?

  • Seek an endometriosis excision specialist

  • Consider egg freezing

Mental, emotional or environmental factors that impact fertility

  • Talk to a counselor or seek out a support group
  • Gluten and dairy free diet
  • Chiropractic
  • acupuncture

If you have a sister experiencing fertility issues, how would you advise her?

If based on your own research, you think you might have endometriosis, go to an endometriosis excision specialist immediately.

Fertility Resource

Guest contact info

Casey Berna
www.CaseyBerna.com
caseyberna@gmail.com
(914)629-8870

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PODCAST: Pamela Hirsch, founder of Baby Quest Foundation to provide financial assistance for fertility treatments

SHOW NOTES

As one of the owners of The Princeton Review, an  educational test prep company, Pamela Hirsch’s area of "expertise" was quite removed from anything to do with infertility and the non-profit world as a whole. It was not until her younger daughter experienced over three years of grueling infertility treatments that she learned about the anguish caused by this condition that affects nearly 7.3 million Americans yearly. While being fortunate to be able to help her daughter and son-in-law have two daughters each via a surrogate, she could not imagine the utter frustration many couples feel when confronted with the costs of procedures such as in vitro and surrogacy.  So Pamela and her daughter created Baby Quest Foundation, a non-profit charity formed to grant financial assistance to those who cannot afford the high cost of procedures such as artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization, and gestational surrogacy. Since its establishment in 2011, Baby Quest has granted 17 awards with 3 babies born, 3 current pregnancies, and several more future hopefuls to undergo procedures shortly.

Common stumbling block for people trying to conceive

  • Not having enough money to continue fertility treatments

Misconception about fertility

  • Being aware of warning signs early

  • Getting 2nd opinion

What is one thing that people can do to improve their outcome?

  • Acupuncture

  • Nutrition

  • Getting appropriate medical attention if there is a warning

  • Being aware

Fertility Resource

  • Have a good plan with different options

What's Upcoming?

Hush: Monologues & Music from the Waiting Womb - A series of readings: scenes, songs, and humor on the misconceptions of conception. Tales of courage, resilience, & inspiration in the quest towards parenthood.

February 25, 2014 7:30pm – Hollywood, CA
www.plays411.net/hush
www.TheHush.org

Parting Advice

  • Don’t wait!  Come in early, get educated, and take your time to make the best decisions for you.

Guest contact info

Pamela Hirsch
www.babyquestfoundation.org
323-206-6088


PODCAST: Dr. Arlene Morales, IVF Specialist

SHOW NOTES

Dr. Arlene Morales is the founder and medical director of Fertility Specialists Medical Group in San Diego, CA. She is nationally recognized as a leader in Reproductive Endocrinology and Bioethics and is a frequent guest speaker for radio and television programs. She has extensive experience in treating multifaceted infertility issues.

Common stumbling block for people trying to conceive

  • Couples aren’t ready to admit when they are having a hard time conceiving and often aren’t realistic about how long they’ve really been trying to conceive.  Also they assume if they go to see a specialist, they will have to go high-tech which is not necessarily true..

Misconception about fertility

  • Couples often think the reason they aren’t conceiving is just because they aren’t having enough sex or because when they do, it’s just not the right timing.  Also they will assume that time is on their side, when with fertility, that isn’t always the case.

What is one thing that people can do to improve their outcome?

  • Get yourself healthy.  Watch BMI, stress, and be aware of the mind/body connection. 
  • Get evaluated early and know what your options are. 
  • A scientific and holistic approach have shown to have great outcomes.

Mental, emotional, or environmental factors that impact infertility

  • stress is a huge factor
  • education
  • work with additional holistic approaches, like acupuncture.

Fertility Resource

Parting Advice

  • Don’t wait!  Come in early, get educated, and take your time to make the best decisions for you.

Guest contact info

Dr. Arlene Morales
Fertility Specialists Medical Group
8010 Frost Street, Suite P
San Diego, CA 92123
858-505-5500 (p)
858-505-5555(f)
info@ivfspecialists.com
www.ivfspecialists.com
www.fertilityinyour30s.com

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PODCAST: Fran Meadows - Author, Infertility Advocate, and IVF success

Fran Meadows is an Author, Infertility Advocate and became a Mom through IVF to her one son. Meadows’ is one of many women that struggled with infertility and the devastation of a late pregnancy loss. She works with other women fighting infertility and offers support through online support groups as well as email support hoping that sharing her story will help others. 

Fran shares her experiences to raise awareness throughout the community as an Infertility Advocate, exploring the ways in which our society remains silent about the secrets of infertility. Through self-education and awareness, she hopes to share her voice to make a difference to break the stigma surrounding the disease of infertility.  Fran stays connected to both patients and professionals and frequently connects, share,s and collaborates to build successful relationships in the community with social media. She continues to raise awareness and support the community with online events and live educational events.

Her campaign to combat infertility has been featured in the pages of Redbook – Truth About Trying Campaign, Cleo Magazine Australia, Woman’s Essence Magazine, with appearances on The Steve Katsos Show, Huffington Post LIVE, Better CT News, Connecticut Style News, Fertility Forum Radio, Power Women Radio, The Rockaway Wave, Suite 101, and The Ladies in Waiting Book Club.

Common stumbling block for people trying to conceive

  • Difficulty balancing the mental and emotional aspects

Misconception about fertility

  • Fertility issues affect women and men at any age, even in the 20s.

What is one thing that people can do to improve their outcome?

  • Couples should communicate with each other.

Educate yourself about your health without overdoing it.

Fertility Resource

Guest contact info

 

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PODCAST: Dr. Katie Martin, Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Katie Martin is a licensed Clinical Psychologist in San Diego who has specialized fertility experience. She ran one of the largest surrogacy and egg donor programs in the country where she helped to connect intended parents with donors and surrogates.  Dr. Martin currently sees individuals, couples and families in her practice to help them better manage the stress related to fertility issues. 

 

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