Fertility Blog

by Jennifer Robertson

How can you “just be grateful” when you’re struggling with infertility? Dec 06, 2021

"Just be grateful", they say.

But how can you possibly be grateful for anything, when you’re struggling to conceive?

I’ll be honest - the concept of gratitude pissed me off when I was on my fertility journey.  I had so many people telling me to just be grateful for what I...

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Surviving Infertility at Christmas Nov 29, 2021

Christmas used to be my favorite time of the year.  You walk through shopping malls and Christmas carols are being piped over the loud speaker.  Santa clause is posing with small children who are either idolizing him, or terrified of him.  The sparkling decorations are draped...

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How do you stop blaming yourself for your fertility struggles? Nov 15, 2021

Why, as women, do we take on so much guilt and responsibility for our fertility journey and the fact that we struggle?

Despite my husband having sub-par sperm (our fertility specialist’s words, not mine), I still took all the blame for when we didn’t get many embryos at the end of a...

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Surrogacy: the things you never knew you needed to know Nov 08, 2021

Infertility is complicated, right?  The range of emotions we experience, trying to let go of that picture we had in our head of how having a baby was supposed to look like, the gratitude and the grief all rolled into one.  Whatever path you go down, it’s all hard and comes with...

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Grounding / Earthing to improve your fertility Nov 01, 2021

One of my top tips for anyone who is struggling with infertility and is overwhelmed with the emotions, thoughts and everything that comes with it is to……GET OUT INTO NATURE.

There is so much healing in the natural environment, but I’d like to introduce you to a technique that...

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When the only goal becomes……to have a baby. Oct 25, 2021

One day you wake up, and you don’t recognize the person you have become or the life that you’re leading.  Once a confident, decisive and positive person, you now feel like the whole weight of the world is on your shoulders.  You’re angry all the time and can’t be...

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The shame of IVF and how to accept that you need help to have a baby. Oct 18, 2021

I remember the first time I felt true shame about having to do IVF to have a baby.

We were sitting in the waiting room of our fertility clinic, and I was waiting to be taken in for our first egg retrieval.  I was a bunch of nerves and a little uncomfortable - both physically and...

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Stop saying DON'T GIVE UP! and how do you decide when it's time to stop trying to conceive? Oct 11, 2021

The advice DON’T GIVE UP is thrown out there so often, it’s basically ingrained in us from childhood.  You can achieve anything if you don’t give up.  Keep trying.  Practice makes perfect. And the list goes on. 

So, it’s no surprise that it’s a...

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10 Benefits of Being an Older Mum. Oct 04, 2021

I never wanted to be an “older” mum.

It wasn’t my plan.  But sometimes things don’t go according to the way we plan – sometimes they work out better.

The thought of being an old mum terrified me, if I’m being completely honest.  I started trying to...

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Handling the emotions of infertility using cows and buffalo’s as inspiration Sep 27, 2021

“Infertility was not my first rodeo - but it was the first bull I ever rode that bucked me off and laid me on my ass. It broke me open and created scars that never really healed.” - The Injustice of Infertility.

Yep, there is a LOT of beef analogy in this week’s blog post. ...

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Tips to survive the fear and trauma of home pregnancy tests Sep 20, 2021

A home pregnancy test.

It’s a stick that you urinate on.  Just a stick.

But for many of us, it represents so much more.  It can be a beacon of hope.  The destruction of a dream.  A continuous form of anxiety.  And trauma.  It isn’t just a stick.

It holds...

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How do you navigate and maintain friendships with friends who have babies, when you’re struggling to conceive? Sep 13, 2021

Unfortunately, one of the many casualties of infertility is our friendships.

In my experience, there are usually two types of friendship deaths.

The first category is where we lose friends who are unable to support us in the way we need.  Who continually say insensitive comments and are...

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