The road to pregnancy can be very stressful. Recent statistics show that one in six couples in the UK will experience difficulties in trying to conceive. They may suffer recurrent miscarriages; undergo invasive surgical procedures; or try for a number of years in their journey to become parents.
Research has proved how effective fertility coaching is. For example, a study published in the Journal of Behavioural Medicine (20: 4) reported that not only did those receiving coaching support experience a reduction in depressive feelings and an increase in their general well-being; they were more likely to have a child at 18 months after the programme than those who did not receive the support.
What does fertility coaching offer?
- Someone that understands the journey that you are on; knows what to look out for and travels with you so that you never need feel alone.
- Fertility coaching can provide space to explore the difficult feelings associated with infertility.
- Fertility coaching can help you identify and let go of what is holding you back and reach out for information and experiences which will move you forward.
- A fertility coach will help you prepare emotionally, physically, mentally and physically for any fertility treatments or investigations you may have.
- Your coach will celebrate you achieving your desired outcomes – including sharing the thrill of you becoming a mother!
What happens in a fertility coaching session?
1 to 1 sessions are bespoke and provide practical tools, holistic insight and emotional support tailored to the individual. However, most sessions will begin with a mindful meditation and then move into practical exploration – either through discussion or using creative tools such as visualisation or bodywork, dependent on your choices and goals. The session will end with concrete planning of next steps and sometimes some homework!
Who is fertility coaching for?
Fertility coaching is for women who are struggling to conceive but want to take positive action towards creating their future family.
Dr Emma Brodzinski
Dr Emma Brodzinski is a therapist and fertility coach. She is a full member of the British Association of Dramatherapists and is the Deputy Editor of Dramatherapy the professional journal of the association. Emma has also produced work in the field of Arts in Health including Theatre in Health and Care published by Palgrave Macmillan. Her book The Magic of Orange Knickers: An Alternative Guide to IVF will be published Spring 2018.
Emma’s qualifications include a PhD, a postgraduate diploma in Dramatherapy and a coaching qualification from the Chartered Management Institute. She is also a qualified Reiki practitioner. Emma is registered and regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council.