Hi, my name is Jenn and I am a blogger from Ontario, Canada where I live with my husband Dan and our black lab Mia. I enjoy reading, knitting, gardening, colouring and watching Gilmore Girls in my spare time, as well as working on house renovations with Dan. Since starting our fertility journey in 2010, we have gone through four early losses and five treatment cycles with a fertility clinic. After 6 years, we have decided to end our journey to a biological child and are now starting the down the road of adoption. I blog about life, loss, infertility and adoption.
Wendy is a lawyer turned writer who elevates anxiety to an art form. She has written about her struggles with infertility for Today’s Parent, The Huffington Post and Mammamia. You can also see her writing on xoJane, McSweeneys, The Globe and Mail as well as her blog SadintheCity.com. Wendy is currently developing a web series about infertility called How To Buy a Baby. You can watch the trailer by clicking here.
Dr. Samina Mitha, ND is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor that supports fertility patients. She completed her Doctor of Naturopathy Degree at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. Through her previous work for an online health promotion company called Everyday Health in New York City, Samina realized her true passion of helping people one-on-one to achieve their optimal health potential and heal naturally. Having been diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), Dr. Samina, ND has a personal connection with women who experience hormonal imbalances. She has witnessed the tremendous success naturopathic medicine can have on women with fertility challenges and is motivated to share her knowledge and expertise in this field. She has a special interest in fertility management and reproductive health. In her clinical work, Samina has supported and treated patients with PCOS, endometriosis, fibroids, and IVF/IUI/ICSI processes. Dr. Samina, ND currently maintains a blog where she shares her PCOS journey, which includes recipes and health articles. In her spare time, Samina loves to knit, create homemade natural beauty products and be outdoors in nature!
Kaeleigh MacDonald is founder and creator of the popular “Unpregnant Chicken” blog. She has gone through 3 years of infertility treatments and recently gave birth to her son (Dec. 2015) who was conceived via IVF/ICSI. She has dedicated her journey through infertility to increasing social awareness of the diagnosis and has become a vocal advocate for reproductive health. She’s led many university lectures on infertility and its impacts. Kaeleigh holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education as well as a Master’s degree in Anthropology where her impassioned writing garnered her an award for Excellence in Writing on Public Issues in 2013.
Hey it’s CeCe! I live in a tiny village in Eastern Ontario. I’m married to a super sexy firefighter and we have the world’s two best dogs – Bluto & Gatsby!! I run drama & dance classes for all sorts of kids, am a playwright, and also work on programmes for kids with ASD. I’m new to the Fertility Blogging world but am looking forward to sharing my story and connecting with others who’ve experienced infertility. If you want to connect, I can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
When Sarah Clark was 28 years old, she received a diagnosis of premature ovarian failure. She accepted the diagnosis and had both her children through in vitro fertilization. Years later she realized the root cause of her infertility was a food intolerance. She is a certified life coach with accreditation from the International Coaches Federation and a health coach with training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She is the author of Fabulously Fertile – Supercharge your Fertility Naturally, Fabulously Fertile Cookbook and Fertility Preparation Program. Her fertility coaching program, which includes functional lab testing, supports couples to make diet and lifestyle changes that dramatically improve the chances of a healthy pregnancy and baby!
She is super proud of the amazing community in her Fab Fertile Support Group on Facebook where she offers free weekly challenges, motivation and support to couples facing infertility! Visit her website at www.fabfertile.com for the FREE 3-day Fertility Diet Challenge loaded with chef prepared recipes that will prepare your body for a baby!
Hello! My name is Katie and I was born in Quebec but now home is the beautiful Okanagan Valley where I live with my husband, Rick and our two cats. In 2012, I was diagnosed with PCOS and since then we have come face to face with the harsh realities of struggling with fertility and loss. In my spare time you will most often find me crocheting but I also enjoy a variety of other crafty things like colouring, lettering, scrapbooking and more. I love coffee, trying new recipes, playing board games and spending time with friends. I blog about PCOS, struggling with fertility and loss with the hope to raise awareness and reach out to others through compassion, understanding and humour. Though this is not where I expected life to lead, I am incredibly thankful for the support I have received and the opportunity to share with others and their experiences.
Michelle Kapler R.Ac is a Registered Acupuncturist and Herbalist. She focuses her practice exclusively in fertility, pregnancy and maternal health. She is passionate about helping women to achieve hormonal balance, pleasant periods, successful conception and healthy pregnancies, with acupuncture, herbal medicine and food.
When she is not at work, you can find Michelle hanging out with her husband Peter and daughter Leah – making delicious meals from their backyard veggie garden – shucking and eating oysters – watching baseball – and attending epic family snuggle parties.
Hi, I’m Riva. I’m from Toronto, Canada. I met my husband there 11 years ago. We’re both in the entertainment industry and split our time between Toronto and Los Angeles. We haven’t shared much about our fertility struggles, but it feels about time. We’ve been trying to conceive since 2012. We’ve done it all- IUI’s, 3 rounds of IVF, fertility clinics in Canada and the U.S., Chinese medicine and Acupuncture, Immunologists and PGS testing. We’ve been pregnant 3 times but never made it past our first ultrasound. We have unexplained infertility. Realizing the plan I had for my life is going a little differently than I expected, I’ve been looking back hoping it’ll help me come to terms with where I’ve been and where to go from here. I’ve been writing a memoir and blogging about my journey.
I’m Cindy, and if you tell me that my infertility “happened for a reason”, I will mentally punch you in the face. After four years of unsuccessful trying, including bouts of Clomid, IUIs, and one heartbreaking IVF treatment, my amazingly supportive husband and I decided we could no longer invest all our emotional and financial capital in the gamble of fertility treatments. After two years of grappling with the grief with the aid of antidepressants, counselling, health transformations, and a major move across the country, we decided to look into foster parenting and adoption. We are currently loving and adoring a foster baby, and we look forward to seeing where this journey takes us. I try to share my moments of growth and unsolicited thoughts from time to time.
Hi my name is Sarah and I am a 36 year old originally from Ontario, now residing in British Columbia with my fiancé Ryan, our dog Bruin, and our cat Tabitha. In my free time I enjoy barre fitness, hiking, reading, baking, and sports. Since beginning our fertility journey in 2016 we have gone through 3 unsuccessful IUIs, and a round of IVF which ended in pregnancy that did not last. Currently we are doing a 3 month prep before starting our next round of IVF. I have so many supportive people in my life that I am thankful for, as well as the opportunity to share my journey and learn about others.
Hi! Michelle from Toronto, Canada here. Never did we imagine, when my husband Shawn and I started trying to conceive our little babe nearly 4 and a half years ago, that we would still be waiting to be parents. In August of 2016, we started our assisted fertility journey and while there have been some bumps in the road, we are both looking forward to what 2017 has to bring. I am a corporate law clerk by day but in my spare time, you can usually find me on my yoga mat, hanging with our two dogs (Carlin and Hunter) or in the kitchen concocting happy healthy meals. My hope by going public about our struggle is to help other people relate to what it’s really like going through all of this. Much love.
Hola, Amanda here. I was born and raised in a small town in rural Central Ontario (aka the boonies, redneck country, etc.). I now live the west coast life in BC with my Hubby, Cameron and fur baby, Onyx. Cam and I met 5 years ago and have been married 3 years in July. We love Netflix, which doesn’t often lead to “chill”, spending time with our nephews and fur baby, adventuring outdoors, watching hockey, and so much more. To the average person we may seem young to have infertility problems (him 28 and me 26), but we have been on this journey for the last 3.5 years. Our journey began with my diagnosis of PCOS, and a later diagnosis of male infertility to top it off. We have had 5 rounds of controlled ovarian stimulation (1x Clomid, 4x Femara), 1 round of IUI, and have now been told we must journey to IVF. This journey is taxing on us as a couple and as individuals, I mean really how could it not be, am I right?! I blog about my life and journey to raise awareness about infertility, pregnancy loss, and if I’m being honest, to stay sane on this crazy ride. The road is often long and lonely, but it doesn’t have to be! I would love to hear about your journey and invite you to follow along mine through my blog!
Hi, I’m Brittenay, from Halifax, Nova Scotia. I have been happily married for almost 4 years and I couldn’t imagine a better person than my husband, Aaron, to share this crazy journey through life. We share our home with a Golden Retriever who thinks he’s a tiny human, and 2 cats. The last three and a half years haven’t been exactly easy. I lost my mom to cancer, had a miscarriage, have been diagnosed with PCOS, and my husband was deployed with the Canadian Navy. I started to “come out” about my infertility by sharing a post here and there on facebook. Then it became my outlet. I have never been ashamed of what we’re going through. In all honesty, our battle with infertility has made my husband and I stronger and closer. But most importantly it has made me want to advocate for the women who aren’t yet ready to leave the infertility and miscarriage closet. That’s when I started my own blog. It was so cathartic to just let the words and emotions flow out. I want to normalize the struggle! It’s not something to be ashamed of, it’s something to embrace. There’s a quote that I truly relate to, it goes “The struggle is part of the story.” Without this journey, I don’t know who I would be.
Chad Nelson is the author of the blog “Knocked Down” and is a full-time HR professional and husband from Edmonton, Alberta. In his spare time he is a part-time student, part-time carpenter, part-time professional resume writer, part-time volunteer, part-time blogger, who although is clearly capable of many things, is not capable of fathering a child naturally. He started blogging as an outlet, but realized that his own experiences may serve to help others with similar struggles, particularly by offering the male perspective when it comes to infertility challenges. Chad and his wife are currently completing their first round of IVF/ICSI and remain optimistic that they will reach their ultimate goal. In the mean time, they continue to practice their parenting skills on their suicidal chocolate-lab, Ruger, who remains intent on eating things he shouldn’t.
Meghan is a full-time Kindergarten teacher and part-time daydreamer. She lives in Cowichan Bay, BC with her husband. Their relationship blossomed in awkward teenage style as high school sweethearts and they have been together now for 11 years. They have been undergoing infertility treatments for the last two years and just completed their first round of IVF with a donor. Meghan enjoys reading, writing, hiking and binge watching Netflix in her free time. She is immensely grateful for the supportive people in her life and hopes to encourage others with her writing!
Lori is a proud mom of two boys born with the help of IVF. Currently on a break from teaching to stay home with them, she has begun writing about her infertility. This life-altering journey began at age 30 and culminated in the birth of her second child the day after turning 40. She has written about parenting through the lens of infertility and older motherhood on sites such as The Mabelhood, Savvy Mom and The Tribe Magazine. With her writing, she hopes to raise awareness and help to end the silence and stigma that often comes with an infertility diagnosis. You can find her on Facebook and on Twitter @sebastianl74
Cheryl is a passionate writer and advocate located in Toronto, Ontario. Her special interest in women’s issues, background in counselling, post-secondary education, and years of infertility treatments, have inspired her to write about her experiences, educate others, and spread social awareness about infertility. With an early diagnosis of endometriosis and PCOS, her journey has led to multiple rounds of IVF, which has included many ups, downs, losses and heartaches. Cheryl’s always eager to get involved, connect with others, and share candid moments along the way. When she’s not working, you can find her enjoying the outdoors or baking with her husband and two small children.