36 episodes

Hi. I'm Alice.
After my own fertility journey I wanted to support and empower other people facing one too. I needed:

powerful tools to cope

crucial information

must have mindset hacks

connection to a community who got it


So, on board my podcast the Life Raft this is what you'll find.
It's a totally safe space, so you can get cosy and listen to warm, honest, sometimes funny, inspiring and uplifting conversations with leading life coaches; mindset experts, thought leaders, real life patients plus topical news and so much more.
I am determined to make this all just feel much less scary or overwhelming for you, less lonely and much more manageable, whatever your story. It is time to radically change the narrative for people going through all this (and our wider society).
Also, I promise never, ever to tell you to 'just relax'. Not on my watch.
PLUS when you subscribe, rate and review I'll send you a big box of chocolate brownies OK?? The more ratings and reviews we receive, the more people will find it and hopefully use it to build their own Life Raft. (*alright the brownies were a big fat lie, but I will send you a LOT of virtual love).
THANK YOU SO MUCH!
Oh, also I have an amazingly positive and lovely Instagram community so come and find us there for more support.
If you're ready to start feeling better right now, head to my website www.thisisalicerose.com where you can find actionable, bite-sized downloads including my best selling 10 day mindset shift course.
Take care,
Axx

Fertility Life Raft Alice Rose

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 249 Ratings

Hi. I'm Alice.
After my own fertility journey I wanted to support and empower other people facing one too. I needed:

powerful tools to cope

crucial information

must have mindset hacks

connection to a community who got it


So, on board my podcast the Life Raft this is what you'll find.
It's a totally safe space, so you can get cosy and listen to warm, honest, sometimes funny, inspiring and uplifting conversations with leading life coaches; mindset experts, thought leaders, real life patients plus topical news and so much more.
I am determined to make this all just feel much less scary or overwhelming for you, less lonely and much more manageable, whatever your story. It is time to radically change the narrative for people going through all this (and our wider society).
Also, I promise never, ever to tell you to 'just relax'. Not on my watch.
PLUS when you subscribe, rate and review I'll send you a big box of chocolate brownies OK?? The more ratings and reviews we receive, the more people will find it and hopefully use it to build their own Life Raft. (*alright the brownies were a big fat lie, but I will send you a LOT of virtual love).
THANK YOU SO MUCH!
Oh, also I have an amazingly positive and lovely Instagram community so come and find us there for more support.
If you're ready to start feeling better right now, head to my website www.thisisalicerose.com where you can find actionable, bite-sized downloads including my best selling 10 day mindset shift course.
Take care,
Axx

    How Do I Stay Positive and Realistic at the Same Time?

    How Do I Stay Positive and Realistic at the Same Time?

    I get asked so many questions through Instagram and through my membership and community spaces, and a lot of them are often quite similar. My mission here is to impact as many people as I can in the most accessible way possible, so in these Bitesize episodes, I'm going to take a question and give a pointed answer which I hope will be inspiring to you! I would love to hear how it lands and if it’s helpful for you, so please do reach out and let me know!

    In this Bitesize Episode, I answer the question: How Do You Stay Positive and Realistic at the Same Time? I share two ends of the spectrum and then dive into the specifics of The Positivity Balance, which are things you can use for support on your journey. There's such freedom and empowerment available for you, and I hope this episode is an encouragement!


    In this episode, we speak about:
    • A common question asked: How do you stay positive and realistic at the same time?
    • How to stop worrying about being positive all the time
    • How to stop deliberately choosing negative thoughts
    • How anyone can stay truly positive always, completely, effortlessly - and it isn’t what you think!
    • A reminder that we are all human beings on planet earth having a human experience


    Powerful Quotes:
    It is not possible to be a human having a human experience on planet earth and only be positive.

    It’s really hard to feel energized or motivated or excited about anything in your life if you’re keeping yourself in a negative mindset to protect yourself from the pain if things don’t work out.

    How we stay effortlessly positive is by understanding that positivity means truthful and truthful means alignment with who we are and what we’re going through and not judging ourselves for what comes up.

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    Thank you for listening to the Fertility Life Raft! I would love for you to share this episode and let me know what you think! Join our Instagram community for more support: www.instagram.com/thisisalicerose . As always please take a moment to rate and review right now or half way through or at the end - it makes the world of difference!! Thank you so much to everyone who has already.

    About Alice Rose
    Hi! I'm Alice and I am on a mission to support and empower anyone trying to grow their family (and while I’m at it, changing the social narrative we see around fertility too...) Learn more about me at www.thisisalicerose.com
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    • 18 min
    Informed Choices and Reliable Information with Dr. Belinda Coker

    Informed Choices and Reliable Information with Dr. Belinda Coker

    I had the honor of chatting to Dr. Belinda Coker in today's episode of Fertility Life Raft. I love speaking to women who are entrepreneurs who have been through something incredibly hard, that have looked at what they’ve experienced and have decided to do something useful with it. It makes me feel really excited! I love that by using all of her experience both in life and professionally, Belinda’s chosen to put her energy into this amazing thing. She's so inspiring!

    Dr. Belinda Coker is the founder and CEO of Your Trusted Squad. Belinda has been a medical doctor for almost 20 years, initially training in obstetrics, gynaecology, reproductive and sexual health before becoming a GP. She is an executive medical director with extensive experience in virtual healthcare, quality, compliance, patient safety, and patient experience. But it was Belinda’s experience of infertility and repeated miscarriages that led her to start Your Trusted Squad.

    Your Trusted Squad empowers and supports couples who are trying to have a baby and finding the journey harder than expected. Your Trusted Squad helps you make informed decisions by providing coaching support and by signposting and introducing you to trusted services and sources of health information that are relevant to your specific needs.

    In this episode, we speak about:
    • Dr. Belinda’s story and how she ended up in this space
    • Using evidence-based research and information to make informed decisions
    • Situations and experiences Dr. Belinda’s clients are coming to her with and how she’s helping them
    • When you’re running a support space, making sure to have the community of peer support and also being clear on what’s a trusted, reliable source of information and what might not be
    • Mindset as a key part to the infertility journey to help take back self-ownership and reduce stress as much as possible
    • You don’t have to fight all of the time - there’s no shame in having others advocate on your behalf
    • The items in Dr. Belinda’s Life Raft
    • and more!

    Powerful Quotes:
    That’s what I found on my journey, even though I’m knowledgeable about the ecosystem of women's health, I still found I did a lot of research… It did take a lot of time and energy, so what I’m trying to do is just make it easier for others.

    When you make informed decisions, you need to know the pros and the cons of whatever choice you’re trying to make.

    Mindset is the key part to all of this. Having that right mindset, and feeling calm and in control as much as possible. So much is outside of our control. If we can get control where we can, it helps us feel that we are somewhat having some power over it.

    It’s helpful to have others to advocate on your behalf - your partner, relative, trusted friend. There’s so much power in that. That’s also something that does come up… You feel like you have to really fight, but sometimes you don’t have to. There are other people who can help you and there’s no shame in asking for help at all.


    Connect with Dr. Belinda Coker:
    Website - https://www.yourtrustedsquad.com
    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/yourtrustedsquad/
    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/yourtrustedsquad/
    LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/your-trusted-squad/


    Thank you for listening to the Fertility Life Raft! I would love for you to share this episode and let me know what you think! Join our Instagram community for more support: www.instagram.com/thisisalicerose . As always please take a moment to rate and review right now or half way through or at the end - it makes the world of difference!! Thank you so much to everyone who has already.

    About Alice Rose
    Hi! I'm Alice and I am on a mission to support and empower anyone trying to grow their family (and while I’m at it, changing the social narrative we see around fertility too...) Learn more about me at www.thisisalicerose.com
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 51 min
    Embodiment, Surrender, and Allowing on the Journey of Fertility with Helen Davenport Peace

    Embodiment, Surrender, and Allowing on the Journey of Fertility with Helen Davenport Peace

    I had the pleasure of chatting to Helen Davenport Peace in this week's episode. I have found Helen to be somebody I can talk to about pretty much anything, and she's one of the most wise and gentle people out there, full of knowledge and wisdom. If I’d known about Helen when we were going through our own journey, she’s someone I would have wanted on my team supporting me. I Just think she’s wonderful and I'm excited to share this conversation with you!

    Helen is a yoga teacher in Greater Manchester, teaching at her new studio The Fold. She specialises in yoga for women who are trying to conceive, with an emphasis on creating a restorative space for connection to self and others. The studio is a hub for trying to conceive support with other events such as women’s circles and from autumn 2021 holistic treatments including womb massage.

    In this episode, we speak about:
    • Helen’s vision of wanting to create a community to be seen and heard and understood for those who are trying to conceive
    • Bringing in more tenderness and self compassion, and needing to normalize conversation around guilt, shame and blame
    • The personal responsibility around what information we take in and the importance of asking ourselves: what makes me feel nourished?
    • Shifting out of the rigidity of the view on food and diet into one of intuition and the joy that comes with eating
    • Using breathwork as a micro-moment of grounding and embodiment
    • Honoring our pain and realising that it’s okay to not have a label for every feeling we experience
    • The items in Helen’s Life Raft
    • and more!

    Powerful Quotes:
    So many of us have these moments and our bodies don’t always know how to process them. The physical impact of long term anxiety and stress on our physical being is really tough. We have to begin slowing down and taking some space to think, “what can I do with that?”

    You have to find the breath that works for you. Just taking 30 seconds just to do that in your day when everything feels too much can be an energetic reset.

    We don’t always know what we’re feeling. Maybe numbness is perfectly valid. I think it’s about adding validity to all of the things that we feel and experience. You don’t always have to have language to attach to something; you don’t always have to know. We just have to give ourselves space.

    Connect with Helen Davenport Peace:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/at_the_fold
    Website: https://thefold.uk/


    Thank you for listening to the Fertility Life Raft! I would love for you to share this episode and let me know what you think! Join our Instagram community for more support: www.instagram.com/thisisalicerose . As always please take a moment to rate and review right now or half way through or at the end - it makes the world of difference!! Thank you so much to everyone who has already.

    About Alice Rose
    Hi! I'm Alice and I am on a mission to support and empower anyone trying to grow their family (and while I’m at it, changing the social narrative we see around fertility too...) Learn more about me at www.thisisalicerose.com
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 56 min
    Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and Embracing All Emotion with Naomi Woolfson

    Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and Embracing All Emotion with Naomi Woolfson

    I had the pleasure of chatting to the wonderful Naomi Woolfson in today's episode. We share a helpful, actionable conversation with lots of stuff you can take away and use right now to start feeling better straight away. Be sure to visit Naomi's website to download her free “3 ways to stress less and enhance fertility using the mind-body link.” Which includes the first chapter of her upcoming book, a three minute reset MP3 and a beautiful guided visualisation.

    Naomi Woolfson, of Embrace Fertility, is a therapist who specialises in supporting women through trying to conceive, fertility treatments and then pregnancy and birth following infertility. She and her partner went through almost 4 years of infertility, IUI’s, IVF, anxiety, surgery and a miscarriage before they went on to conceive both of their ginger children naturally! For the past eight years, Naomi has worked to raise the level of understanding about an infertility diagnosis – from the debilitating emotional impact and the overwhelming feelings of sadness, helplessness and grief, to the simple yet powerful mind-body techniques that provide relief and build resilience during this highly emotive time while greatly increasing your chances of conceiving.


    In this episode, we speak about:
    • How some on this journey reach rock-bottom early on rather than near the end
    • Finding mindfulness and other support techniques through books, people, and synchronicities 
    • Practicing EFT and supporting others whilst going through fertility treatments
    • The story behind Naomi’s choice to call her business “Embrace Fertility”
    • Regaining control and personal power through recognition of the choice we have over our thoughts and emotions
    • Naomi walking us through the “Yes, Please” technique that you can begin incorporating today
    • The items in Naomi’s Life Raft
    • and more!

    Powerful Quotes:
    Instead of striving for: Pregnancy is the goal. The goal is for you to find yourself again, and to release the anxiety, stress, and overwhelm.

    That book [Full Catastrophe Living] was saying to me, it wasn’t the fact I was infertile that was causing the anxiety and panic attacks. It was the thoughts I was having about it.

    So then I started and it was 3 rounds of tapping and saying statements, and I felt a shift. I felt vividly different to how I had five minutes before. Another moment where I felt that this is some kind of magic or I need to understand more

    You can’t pick what thoughts come into your head, but you get to pick the next thought and what you do with that.

    It’s very much about finding the thing that does work for you, and realizing that on different days different things will work for you.

    Connect with Naomi Woolfson:
    Instagram: www.instagram.com/embracefertility
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/embracefertility
    Website: https://embracefertility.co.uk/


    Thank you for listening to the Fertility Life Raft! I would love for you to share this episode and let me know what you think! Join our Instagram community for more support: www.instagram.com/thisisalicerose . As always please take a moment to rate and review right now or half way through or at the end - it makes the world of difference!! Thank you so much to everyone who has already.

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    About Alice Rose
    Hi! I'm Alice and I am on a mission to support and empower anyone trying to grow their family (and while I’m at it, changing the social narrative we see around fertility too...) Learn more about me at www.thisisalicerose.com
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    • 40 min
    Donor Conception and Shifting Perspectives with Becky Kearns

    Donor Conception and Shifting Perspectives with Becky Kearns

    I had the pleasure of chatting to Becky Kearns in today's episode. Becky is a friend of mine who I met through the online community sharing our stories and how we found we didn't have the support we needed as we were going through our experiences. In this episode she shares her story and says she remembers how lost and alone she felt. By hearing these stories, by opening the dialogue, by smashing down these taboos it just makes it so much easier and so much better for all of us to understand much more about donor conception. I hope that you love this episode!

    Becky is a mum to three girls all thanks to egg donation. After an early menopause diagnosis in her twenties she went on to have five unsuccessful cycles of IVF, including a miscarriage, with her own eggs. Making the decision to move to donor conception wasn't easy, but eventually Becky found hope in this path to parenthood as she began to redefine what it meant to her to be a mum. Becky and her husband were fortunate that with their first attempt using donated eggs they were successful and welcomed their eldest daughter Mila into the world in 2016, before having their twins in 2018.

    Now finally a mum, Becky remembered just how alone and lost she felt on her fertility journey as well as how little donor conception was talked about and so she started her DefiningMum blog almost three years ago, sharing both her fertility struggles but also her reflections and parenting journey now. In 2020 she launched a virtual donor conception support platform - Paths to Parenthub, designed to offer information, support and much needed connection for anyone needing to use a donor to build their family.

    In this episode, we speak about:
    • The importance of self-advocation and finding a good GP who can empathize and help you through an initial diagnosis
    • Defining hope and shifting your perspective to become hopeful for many different outcomes in your life 
    • Processing grief and the emotional challenges that come up along your journey of infertility
    • Having self-compassion as we experience sadness and happiness coexisting with anything we go through in life
    • The items in Becky’s Life Raft
    • How important it is to have a space where you can share how you’re feeling and not worry about judgment or shame
    • and more!

    Powerful Quotes:
    There’s so much work to be done around supporting people through that, and helping them to build their own family narratives and having that confidence to talk about their story without shame.

    There are so many different pathways within donor conception. It all can feel quite lonely until you meet someone else who’s been on it.

    It took me saying “I’m sure there’s something wrong.” I think it was just having to really find that within me to know that This is MY life and my body. They don’t really mind what happens to me and I do. It’s affecting my mental health. All I’m asking for are some tests.

    Connect with Becky Kearns:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/definingmum and https://www.instagram.com/paths_to_parenthub
    Website: www.definingmum.com and www.pathstoparenthub.com


    Thank you for listening to the Fertility Life Raft! I would love for you to share this episode and let me know what you think! Join our Instagram community for more support: www.instagram.com/thisisalicerose . As always please take a moment to rate and review right now or half way through or at the end - it makes the world of difference!! Thank you so much to everyone who has already.

    About Alice Rose
    Hi! I'm Alice and I am on a mission to support and empower anyone trying to grow their family (and while I’m at it, changing the social narrative we see around fertility too...) Learn more about me at www.thisisalicerose.com
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Empowering Yourself with Knowledge with Professor Joyce Harper

    Empowering Yourself with Knowledge with Professor Joyce Harper

    I had the pleasure of chatting to Professor Joyce Harper in today's episode. We have a real mix of guests on this show as you know. It's important to recognize that a part of this journey is just absorbing information, and that can be absolutely overwhelming. It can sometimes be hard to hear the truth or the science behind all of this because sometimes it’s not what we want to hear. In this episode, we hear from Joyce what it was like working as a profession in the field going through fertility treatments, and how it still impacts her now having this insight, knowledge and empathy. I love her way of way of talking about this information. I hope that by listening, you begin to empower yourself with knowledge, while not getting overwhelmed by it or allowing it to dictate your life.

    Professor Joyce Harper. Joyce is a Professor of Reproductive Science at the Institute for Women’s Health at the University College London. She's the Director of Education at the IFWH and Head of the Reproductive Science and Society Group. Joyce has worked in the fields of fertility, genetics, reproductive health and women’s health for over 30 years and she’s particularly passionate about education and discussion about all aspects of women’s health. Joyce is also the mother of 3 sons all born through IVF.

    In this episode, we speak about:
    • Joyce’s passion for education about reproductive health
    • The importance of normalizing menstrual cycle conversations to minimise misinformation and properly provide people with information and support
    • Working as a professional in this field while personally going through fertility treatments
    • Preconception health as evidence for fertility and how balancing your 4 pillars of wellbeing - Nutrition, Exercise, Sleep, Mental Health/Wellbeing - can empower you on this journey
    • Specific, technical advice for those who are at the start of trying to get pregnant
    • The disconnect between patient and healthcare professional, and why it’s even more important to empower the patient not just with knowledge, but understanding what's happening emotionally and mentally.
    • and more!

    Powerful Quotes:
    I also want women to understand their menstrual cycle, just for their own reproductive health. There are some women who have problems with their menstrual cycle - if you’re never taught this, how are you going to know what’s not right? We need to get these conversations on the table. Let people know what’s not normal. It’s not all about having babies. Majority of it is education about reproductive help.

    What my mission is with the education is just to give men and women the information to make sure they know, because we’re never taught this.

    We are all totally individual. So what applies to one person will not apply to you. What anyone needs to do, individually and as a couple, is take it all in and then decide what’s right for you. That’s what’s really important. There is nothing magic that says: if everyone does this, they’ll get pregnant. It just doesn’t work like that. We’re too varied and too individual.

    Take in what you can, be aware that people are going to have different views and decide what’s best for you. 

    Connect with Professor Joyce Harper:
    www.instagram.com/profjoyceharper/
    www.joyceharper.com


    Thank you for listening to the Fertility Life Raft! I would love for you to share this episode and let me know what you think! Join our Instagram community for more support: www.instagram.com/thisisalicerose . As always please take a moment to rate and review right now or half way through or at the end - it makes the world of difference!! Thank you so much to everyone who has already.

    About Alice Rose
    Hi! I'm Alice and I am on a mission to support and empower anyone trying to grow their family (and while I’m at it, changing the social narrative we see around fertility too...) Learn more about me at www.thisisalicerose.com
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit meg

    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
249 Ratings

249 Ratings

Sarahh1977 ,

A wonderful podcast with much needed support

Alice is a brilliant supporter of the fertility community and her podcast is a treasure trove of support and hope. Definitely something to have on your own fertility life raft.

annabarratt ,

A safe place to land

This podcast gives you just what you need navigating the sometimes lonely, confusing and scary world of infertility. The guests and Alice give an insight into different areas of infertility and make topics ok to talk about whether you’re going through infertility or a friend or family member is. There’s something very comforting hearing Alice speak, I have definitely found a safe place to land when I listen. Couldn’t recommend it highly enough, thanks for all you do Alice.

Katy Brunton ,

Wonderful listen

Another great episode 🙌 for anyone going through any kind of fertility journey, this is must listen. Alice always chooses such wonderful guests who have amazingly interesting stories.

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