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The Fertility Warriors Podcast is here to help women survive the rocky road and stress of trying to conceive. In this podcast, Robyn Birkin interviews other fertility warriors, and shares advice and tips on how to conceive, how to navigate the world of fertility treatments and how to be your best and healthiest self. Robyn is the founder of the Mind Body Fertility Reset - the ultimate membership for women navigating infertility and beyond.

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The Fertility Warriors Robyn Birkin

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.7 • 129 Ratings

The Fertility Warriors Podcast is here to help women survive the rocky road and stress of trying to conceive. In this podcast, Robyn Birkin interviews other fertility warriors, and shares advice and tips on how to conceive, how to navigate the world of fertility treatments and how to be your best and healthiest self. Robyn is the founder of the Mind Body Fertility Reset - the ultimate membership for women navigating infertility and beyond.

--> Follow Robyn on Instagram at @robynbirkin
--> robynbirkin.com
--> Download her free PDF of the 3 BIGGEST Game Changers on her journey at bit.ly/fertilitywarriorsgamechangers

    COVID Vaccine and Fertility, Miscarriage and TTC - your questions answered with Sasha Hakman MD

    COVID Vaccine and Fertility, Miscarriage and TTC - your questions answered with Sasha Hakman MD

    I have been inundated from all angles on how the COVID Vaccine might impact fertility rates, miscarriage rates and generally all the things from fertility warriors who are about to embark on IVF cycles or trying to conceive and wanting to do their due diligence in understanding how the COVID vaccine might impact them and their future baby.

    I applaud you for asking questions and wanting to find out the answers.

    So, I asked my good friend, Dr Sasha Hakman, Board Certified Fertility Specialist and incredible explainer and science nerd - to the podcast to answer all of your questions and explain everything COVID Vaccine with us in detail.

    We talked about:
    What is the general consensus around the COVID Vaccine and fertility/TTC?
    Is one vaccine better than another?
    How does each of the different vaccines work?
    Is there any incentive for Doctors to be able to promote these vaccines?
    Where have we gone wrong in disseminating information about this vaccine?
    How long should you wait between getting the vaccine and embarking on a new cycle?
    Does this affect cycles?
    Natural immunity vs vaccine immunity?
    Is there enough research and data to make these calls?
    Why has the process been so quick in approving these vaccines for use?
    ... and so many more questions

    This is actually the third podcast I've done with Sasha and the other two rank up there in my top 10 all-time podcasts!

    Is IUI a waste of time?
    Your infertility questions answered

    You can also find Sasha below:
    Sasha Hakman MD on Instagram
    Sasha Hakman's Website (where she has a bunch of Nutrition, Lifestyle AND COVID resources for you to check out)

    • 45 min
    Infertility coping strategies that don't work (and my beef with R U Ok Day)

    Infertility coping strategies that don't work (and my beef with R U Ok Day)

    At the time of recording this podcast, it was R U Ok day, and each year I watch everyone flock to social media to post little messages about R U Ok... and it irks me for a number of reasons.

    •Because I know, that the majority of people with infertility are NOT ok (and half the world is in lockdown.... Chances are, we're not ok)
    •It puts the onus on the US to always be reaching out for help (how about everyone around us looks for signs and symptoms that we're not ok, and learns what to do when they notice that?!)
    •When we are existing in a state of heightened stress and anxiety - certain areas of our brain shut down, and one of those is the Brocas Area - the area responsible for speech. That's why sometimes talk therapy doesn't work for everyone, and that's why sometimes it is SO hard for us to put into words the emotional toll of infertility and everything we are going through

    In today's podcast, I also talk about the way in which men and women cope with infertility (and which of those are, and which aren't actually helpful in decreasing the stress related to infertility).

    Listen to the episode below and let me know what you think.

    I mentioned the Mind-Body Fertility Reset in this podcast and we'd love to invite you to join us - it's a supportive, healthy and holistic membership program for women navigating infertility and IVF - with support groups, workshops and more than $3,000 of tools, resources and live events.

    Click here to learn more.

    • 18 min
    7 things you can STOP doing today if you want to get pregnant

    7 things you can STOP doing today if you want to get pregnant

    Today's podcast talks about things to avoid when trying to conceive - it's a mix of physical things that you can quit and some emotional wellbeing tips (simple but profound ones) that can help you on this journey.

    It's really easy to get caught up in the internet and the to-do lists and the 'shoulds' without fully knowing or buying into the benefits of why you're doing something so that is what we're diving into today on the podcast.

    7 things you quit to get pregnant - hopefully there are a few warriors out there who need this permission slip.

    • 47 min
    Infertility Pep Talk for anyone who needs to hear this.

    Infertility Pep Talk for anyone who needs to hear this.

    Today I want to let you know you're doing a great job of a really hard thing. Focus on these infertility quotes

    If you're feeling
    Sad,
    Angry,
    Tired,
    Left out,
    Disappointed.

    Your feelings are completely valid and real.

    You are not doing anything wrong and you are enough, right now, as you are.

    Enough of a woman
    Enough of a contributor to society
    Enough of a friend, daughter, partner, colleague

    You are beautiful
    You are human

    You are navigating this journey in the best damn way you know possible.

    Yes, you'll have hard days.
    Yes, you'll have setbacks.
    Yes, the journey will probably take longer than you thought it would.

    But that doesn't make you less human.

    Having feelings and emotions... make you human.
    Having bad days.... Make you human.
    Not being perfect... that makes you human.

    For some of us, the path to parenthood looks different and that's ok.
    For some of us, we discover that having children is no longer part of our story and that's ok too.

    You don't need to know what your story will look like just yet, but you do need to be committed to continuing to turn the page.

    To continue to put one foot in front of the other.

    To believe that you are enough, right now, as you are.

    And you were born worthy, you are worthy now, and no matter what the future holds, you'll continue to be worthy.

    You are valued and loved by so many people and have so much to give.

    And you are worthy of happiness, love and joy.

    Not when you reach the next step, whatever that is.

    Right now.

    And me, this podcast and this community - we get it, and we're here to support you and walk alongside you every step of the way.

    We are here for you.

    I hope that you'll listen to this podcast anytime you feel that you need a pickup, some love or a moment to tune into your feelings.

    Feel free to reach out to me on Instagram @robynbirkin and let me know if this spoke to you today. And play it again anytime you need.

    • 2 min
    The two sides to weight and fertility issues

    The two sides to weight and fertility issues

    Urrggghhhh... weight and fertility is such a tricky and complex topic. It was my pleasure this week to welcome Sophia Pavia to the podcast. You may know her as ttc.nutritionist on Instagram and we connected recently over an Instagram story that touched on a topic I'm pretty passionate about: the sensitivity we need to show to women in bigger bodies around how we talk about weight loss - and particularly around not making assumptions based on size, and being conscious of making unhelpful statements (without providing support and guidance) like 'come back when you've lost weight' to women who may well have eating disorders or a history thereof.

    Sophia is a Registered Dietician Nutritionist whose focus is on women who are trying to conceive and navigating infertility and joined us on the podcast to talk about her take on both sides of the argument.

    I'd love to know what your experience has been like?

    You can find Sophia at ttc.nutritionist or on her website here.

    You may also wish to check out an interview I did with Nicola Salmon called Can you get pregnant if you're fat- where we talk about a lot of the stigma and misconceptions surrounding weight and fertility. Click here to listen (or watch).

    Want more?
    Join our monthly membership, the Mind Body Fertility Reset here (P.S. There is also another guest interview with Nicola there).
    Make sure you're following me on Instagram here
    Join our Free Facebook Support and Chat Group here.
    Check out my programs and services here.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    The tests your Specialist might be missing with Naturopath, Jacqui Lamplugh

    The tests your Specialist might be missing with Naturopath, Jacqui Lamplugh

    Today's episode on The Fertility Warriors really highlights the difference in treatments between conventional medicine in experts like your Fertility Specialist, and those who take a more holistic and natural approach such as a Nutritionist or Naturopath for fertility. It was a pleasure today to welcome fellow West Australian, Naturopath, Jacqui Lamplugh to talk about some of the tests your Specialist might be missing, and how you might go about doing more investigation yourself to get more answers on your journey if you're feeling left in the dark.

    I'm a firm supporter of conventional medicine, however I do also believe that at times, there are tests and treatments that are outside their scope and hence why it can be beneficial to also work with someone such as Jacqui.

    What do you think?
    Reach out to me on Instagram - I'd love to know your thoughts at @robynbirkin

    Jacqui Lamplugh is a qualified Naturopath, women's health and fertility expert, mum to two boys and super passionate about educating and empowering women about their hormones.
    With over a decade's experience in the industry, Jacqui's worked with Australia's leading fertility experts and Perth's longest-standing natural medicine clinic. She's lectured about herbal and nutritional medicine at a prestigious Perth college, founded her own self-titled business and soon to release her online fertility course, Conceive Naturally.
    Holding an Advanced Diploma of Naturopathy, a Bachelor of Health Science (Complementary Medicine) and a Masters Degree in Reproductive Medicine, Jacqui helps couples trying to conceive balance their hormones, boost their diet and lifestyle and improve their chances of conceiving - Naturally

    You can find Jacqui at:

    Instagram: @jacquilamplugh
    Website: www.jacquilamplugh.com

    Want more?
    Join our monthly membership, the Mind Body Fertility Reset here
    Make sure you're following me on Instagram here
    Join our Free Facebook Support and Chat Group here.
    Check out my programs and services here.

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
129 Ratings

129 Ratings

Dumasya ,

A great podcast to ease the journey

Thanks so much, Robyn, for this great podcast! It lightens up my day and covers many relevant topics - the ones I was looking to get more info on (yes, the TWW survival list is a good example) and the ones I didn’t even know I wanted to learn more about. I love the time and practical advice. Thanks!

TaraFay17 ,

New listener and loving it

I love the topics I just found this podcast as I am TTC and it has been a great spirit lifter!

jt28/19 ,

Lifts my hopes up

I found this podcast on one of the days I felt like I have completely hit rock bottom. Being able to listen to someone who has been through some of the experiences that I have really helped me I have been struggling so long to cope, but finally having some one explain exactly how i have been feeling really opened my eyes to how this is not the bottom but just the beginning of my journey.

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