THE INFERTILITY DOULA®

 

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After graduating from Brown University, I began my career in advertising where I met my husband-to-be. After a few years of togetherness, we decided that we were ready to start a family. Not wanting to end up in a tiny one-bedroom with kids, we moved out to the suburbs into a nice house with 4 bedrooms -- you know, for all the kids were going to have! Before long, I knew we were having trouble conceiving. Step by step we discovered that we had a slew of issues that were going to make getting pregnant a real challenge. And so began our infertility journey.

Over the course of 3.5 years we did the rounds at all the top fertility centers across America. Consumed with the burdens of this disease, I was no longer able to handle juggling work and life -- our infertility treatments became my full-time job. If knowledge is power, then I must have been SuperWoman. I consumed volumes upon volumes of infertility information. And with every bit of information, I knew we were one step closer to our child.

As I openly started sharing my story, I came to find that I was surrounded by many other women who were going through the same struggles; who could not stand to hear “just relax” one more time. Having been able to devote myself to infertility research, I took it upon myself to educate my fellow infertiles. Deep down, I knew something else was in store for me.

After the birth of our first child, I somehow found myself as the point- person for friends, friends-of-friends, and even strangers who were recently faced with the realities of infertility treatments: the grueling cycles, the shots, the blood work, the disappointments, the emotional roller-coaster. I led many peer-led support groups -- providing a platform for women to openly share their stories and anxieties without feeling shame. There is an unspoken understanding amongst women who struggle with infertility; we have our own “language.”

Seeing the benefits of sharing my story and knowledge with others, I created a blog., filling a void in the infertility blogging world -- which was primarily dominated by personal current battles or medical advice from doctors -- my sole aim was to empower my readers with knowledge and comfort. 

I realized that not everyone has the time to research and read medical journals about infertility. We give ourselves completely to our doctors and hope for the best. Most importantly, the lack of a support system that many women feel when struggling with infertility led me to create The Infertility Doula℠.

Today, I have the great privilege of working with women on a one-on-one basis -- essentially taking my years of  personal experiences, combined with my years of post-infertility advocacy -- empowering them with gentle guidance and support.

I am working towards completing a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling/Psychology with the hopes of providing specialized therapy for those struggling with infertility, loss, and adoption.












DISCLAIMER: I am not a doctor nor a therapist. I am not liable for cycle outcomes or injuries suffered as a result of any medical and/or alternative treatments.

“I’ve found that no one seems to know the right thing to say to an infertile, except for someone who’s been through it. Not the doctors, parents, best friends or even your own partner.”