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Welcome to the Embrace Fertility podcast I’m Naomi Woolfson, a therapist who specialises in supporting women through trying to conceive, fertility treatments and then pregnancy and birth following infertility. Having been through infertility myself and being fascinated with the mind-body techniques that led me from anxiety and depression back to myself again, I retrained as a therapist and now specialise in supporting others through infertility. Visit www.embracefertility.co.uk for your free stress less fertility support pack and follow me on Insta and Facebook @embracefertility.

Embrace Fertility Naomi Woolfson

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Welcome to the Embrace Fertility podcast I’m Naomi Woolfson, a therapist who specialises in supporting women through trying to conceive, fertility treatments and then pregnancy and birth following infertility. Having been through infertility myself and being fascinated with the mind-body techniques that led me from anxiety and depression back to myself again, I retrained as a therapist and now specialise in supporting others through infertility. Visit www.embracefertility.co.uk for your free stress less fertility support pack and follow me on Insta and Facebook @embracefertility.

    Inflammation as a primary source of fertility challenges with expert Jaclyn Downs

    Inflammation as a primary source of fertility challenges with expert Jaclyn Downs

    Episode 109: You have probably heard of inflammation how does inflammation impact our fertility? In today’s fertility expert interview with Jaclyn Downs a Functional Nutrigenomics Consultant we will be discussing just that. 

    Root causes of inflammation

    We discuss common, but lesser-known root causes of inflammation that affect fertility and egg health.

    What functional genomics is and how it can provide clarity on root causes and which protocols would be most effective (and why other protocols may not have worked).

    Epigenetics, mold/mycotoxins, histamine, poor fatty acid utilization, iron dysregulation, addressing stress, antioxidants and detoxification pathways.

    Free Cheat Sheet, How Genetic Testing Solves 'Unexplained' Infertility: https://landing.mailerlite.com/webforms/landing/v7g9t1



    Jaclyn's book, Enhancing Fertility through Functional Medicine: Using Nutrigenomics to Solve ‘Unexplained’ Infertility is now available!

    While it is tailored to the subject of fertility, the book addresses root causes of inflammation and oxidative stress, which is the foundation of all chronic conditions. This book is written for the layperson and as a handbook for the practitioner.

    Buy book now

    Jaclyn Downs is a Functional Nutrigenomics Consultant that has a passion for fertility optimization and reproductive wellness. She is the author of the book, Enhancing Fertility through Functional Medicine: Using Nutrigenomics to Solve 'Unexplained' Infertility, published by Taylor & Francis. This book discusses common, but lesser-known primary sources of fertility challenges. Chapter topics include oxalates, mold toxicity, iron dysregulation, phase 2 liver detox pathways, and covers the genetics related to these topics.

    Through the use of functional lab testing, detailed case history, symptoms, genomics, environmental and epigenetic influences, she works with practitioners and clients to give them insight and tools to better determine root causes of imbalance. Each protocol is individualised based on these factors, ensuring higher success rates.

    Jaclyn has a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Drexel University and a master’s degree in holistic nutrition. In addition to having certifications as a health coach, doula, and yoga instructor, she holds a certification in genetic nutrition with the NutriGenetic Research Institute, where she is also a researcher.

    Jaclyn can be contacted through her website, JaclynDowns.com. You can contact her at Info@JaclynDowns.com and follow her on Instagram @FunctionalFertilitySolutions

    We would love to hear what you think of this episode. Come and say hi on Instagram and join the conversation. 



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    • 35 min
    What’s the difference between talking therapies and somatic therapies?

    What’s the difference between talking therapies and somatic therapies?

    Episode 108: In today’s episode I discuss the different types of talking therapies that are available and the difference between these and somatic therapies that bring the body into the therapy session.

    I talk about the somatic therapies that are part of my 12 week program The Embrace Fertility Method and then how you can take that even deeper with The Shift Package.

    I currently have space to take on four one to one clients this side of Christmas so if you’re interested in finding out more then do reach out to book a free 30 minute no obligation clarity call on zoom.

    www.embracefertility.co.uk/embrace

    www.embracefertility.co.uk/coaching

    • 15 min
    Embracing Fertility Through Honest Fiction with author Jolene McIlwain

    Embracing Fertility Through Honest Fiction with author Jolene McIlwain

    Episode 107: Using fiction as a way to educate, heal and connect

    This is an interview on using fiction as a way to educate, heal and connect. I absolutely loved recording this episode and I hope you love the stories that Jolene shares with us. 

    From Jolene: In my stories I’ve focused on the effects of fertility on women, the men who care for them, and small town culture around issues of fertility. In my stories, I’ve chosen to use specific and medical jargon and terms relating to, specifically, women’s health issues to bring awareness.

    I’ve written stories about infertility, miscarriage, pregnancy, high-risk pregnancy, pre-term labor, endometriosis, mental health issues, PTSD, post-natal PTSD.

    I’ve written at least one story (“You Four Are the One”) using a technique in therapy treatment for people with PTSD called RECON (reconsolidation therapy) by Courtney Armstrong.

    I’m hoping our talk will inspire others to write their own fictional (or nonfiction) stories of fertility and women’s health issues. I’m hoping they’ll buy SIDLE CREEK and they’ll find they’re not alone.

    Jolene McIlwain’s work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and appears in numerous online and print literary journals including West Branch, Florida Review, Cincinnati Review, CRAFT, Smokelong Quarterly, New Orleans Review, LITRO, and more.   Her work was included in 2019’s Best Small Fictions Anthology and named finalist for 2018’s Best of the Net, Glimmer Train’s and River Styx’s contests, and semifinalist in Nimrod’s Katherine Anne Porter Prize and two American Short Fictions contests. She’s received a Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council grant, the Georgia Court Chautauqua faculty scholarship, and Tinker Mountain’s merit scholarship.   

    She’s taught literary theory/analysis at Duquesne and Chatham Universities, and she worked as a radiologic technologist before attending college (BS English, minor in sculpture, MA Literature). She was born, raised, and currently lives in a small town in the Appalachian plateau of Western Pennsylvania.   

    Her debut, SIDLE CREEK, out with Melville House this spring, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly and Shelf Awareness calls it a “riveting debut collection” and “a rare gem, a compelling blend of nature and humanity perfect for fans of Barbara Kingsolver's Prodigal Summer and Daisy Johnson's Fen."

    Connect with Jolene and buy Sidle Creek

    www.jolenemcilwain.com  

    Twitter @jolene_mcilwain 

    IG @jolenemcilwain 

    FB @JoleneMcIlwain  

    Trigger warning, this book includes short stories on stillbirth, miscarriage, fetal abduction and true crime.  

    For mind-body fertility freebies sign up at www.embracefertility.co.uk and follow me on Instagram @embracefertility for inspiration.

    • 50 min
    Infertility - We need a better word to describe this chapter of our lives

    Infertility - We need a better word to describe this chapter of our lives

    Episode 106 - A brief chat on how the word infertility doesn’t cut it when it comes to this period in our lives and all that we go through and experience while long term trying to conceive.

    While I was trying to conceive, I stumbled across a beautiful article on the days before motherhood. Written by midwife Jana Studelska, it described the emotional and physical changes experienced in the run-up to labour. An in-between place marking the boundary between the woman you were and the mother you are about to become. This place of waiting, anticipation and tension. A land where nothing quite feels real anymore. Raw emotions, fluctuating hormones and a sense of disconnection from everyday life. Sound familiar?

    This is how I experienced infertility. The woman I was before we started trying for a baby became a pale comparison to the mother I imagined I would be. I was ready to step out of my old world and into the new. But my new world was not ready yet and I was left in that in-between space, not able to go back, and prevented from moving forward. I would love to know your thoughts on this topic. Join my mailing list www.embracefertility.co.uk.

    • 11 min
    Mens experiences with IVF and Miscarriage

    Mens experiences with IVF and Miscarriage

    We are back with another fertility expert interview this Father's Day discussing Mens experiences with IVF and Miscarriage with Daniel Landau founder of Men's Help Line, we talk about: 


    Do's and don'ts during IVF or Miscarriage
    How woman can support their husbands
    Tips for everyone
    Why Daniel started men's helpline
    How men can get support

    About Daniel

    I am the founder of a nonprofit organization called Men's Helpline which provides all emotional support to men who struggle through miscarriage and infertility. I have BA from Queens College in Political science and a Masters degree in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. I currently live in Israel with my wife and 2 children. I love sports and enjoy music. I play the Saxophone, Piano, and Sing. I'm a volunteer EMT, love to be social and really enjoy food and travel.

    Contact Daniel

    https://menshelpline.org/ https://www.facebook.com/groups/mensfertilitysupport https://www.facebook.com/groups/229101541634025 https://www.facebook.com/groups/273753198154791 https://www.instagram.com/mens_helpline/ https://menshelpline.org/podcasts/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/daniellandau/

    • 36 min
    The Embrace Fertility book is coming

    The Embrace Fertility book is coming

    Episode 104: This book has been in the conception phase for ten years! I left my career in design and the next day woke up and decided to write about my experiences of using the mind-body link to overcome anxiety and depression while going through infertility and fertility treatments.

    12 weeks and I decided it was taking too long and I wanted to share the information I was writing about with the people who needed it. So I started a blog and fertility support group in North London.

    The book concept was put down until 2020 when I entered the Hay House publishing competition. In this episode I share what happened that year that I meant I haven’t picked up the project until January this year and why I’ve decided now is the time.



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    Book outline - I would love your feedback on this:

    Part One: Fertility & Your Mind - The Science 

    Part Two: Ten mind-body techniques to help you stress less and enhance your fertility

    Comfort

    1. How to soothe your mind and body.

    2. Staying sane in the two-week wait.

    Coping

    3. How to embrace all of your emotions and overcome worry

    4. Coping with other people's pregnancies and jealousy.

    Connecting

    5. How to decide when to (re)start treatment.

    6. How to get your partner/mum/friend to understand how you feel.

    Clearing

    7. What are emotional blocks to conception and how do you know if you have any

    8. How to clear fears of pregnancy/doctors/treatment/miscarriage/birth.

    Creating

    9. Holding onto hope while trying to conceive.

    10. How to use the mind-body link to enhance your fertility

    Final Thoughts 

    • 27 min

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RMary2 ,

I love this podcast!

So informative, inspiring, interesting and refreshing. It’s a joy to listen to and I’ve learned so much. Naomi is intelligent, qualified, compassionate and well-spoken, and she brings on incredible guests. I feel so much more empowered and hopeful in my fertility journey. I am very grateful for this podcast!

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