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Fertility Coaching

Many couples struggling with infertility have turned to a fertility coach to help them through diagnosis and treatment. Infertility and its treatment can be a frightening, stressful, confusing, and lonely time and a coach can help couples learn to support each other, gain coping skills, face the potentially insensitive questions of friends and family, and practice stress management techniques.

Fertility treatment can be a tangled web of hopes, fears, possibilities, and questions, and making a decision about the course of treatment too quickly or without all the necessary information or perspective can have long-lasting consequences. A fertility coach acts as consultant, liaison, advocate, and confidant to couples undergoing treatment and can help them decipher confusing medical terminology, explain procedures, and outline the options, difficult choices and decisions that lie ahead, giving clients the knowledge and confidence to choose the best treatment for them.

A fertility coach can also help clients sort through the often intense emotions associated with infertility and treatment and provide encouragement, options, and perspective when the clients become discouraged and lose the motivation or ability to continue. The coach can then help the clients decide what path is best for them, whether that means trying a different method of treatment, taking a break from treatment, considering adoption, or accepting life without a child.

A fertility coach can help you:

  • Help you process the complex emotions associated with infertility and infertility treatment
  • Help you understand paperwork, insurance coverage, billing, and develop a treatment schedule
  • Help you communicate with your doctor more effectively and assertively
  • Make sense of the treatment probabilities and uncertainties
  • Identify what's really important for you and your partner
  • Evaluate benefits and shortcomings of different treatment options
  • Create a safe space for you and your partner to discuss disagreements and fears
  • Create a treatment plan, including alternative options
  • Ensure that you come to the decisions that are best for you
  • Allow you to take more control over your treatment

In general, women are more likely to seek the services of a therapist or other healthcare provider than men, and the same is true of a fertility coach. Women are usually more involved in the medications and procedures, are hormonally stressed and may grieve every time their period starts, ovulation doesn't occur, or they suffer a miscarriage. However, men can benefit from infertility coaching, particularly group sessions, where they can meet other men who feel the same isolation, helplessness, and fear and discuss these feelings and learn coping methods.

Couples struggling with infertility often disagree on the methods and extent of treatment and the options they are willing to explore, all of which can strain even the strongest relationships. But through a fertility coach, couples can actually strengthen their relationship, becoming better, more caring partners, and increasing and improving their communication.

Although many fertility coaches come from a psychotherapy background, fertility coaching is not therapy. A therapist works with clients to explore the emotional issues that are at the root of a problem while a fertility coach helps clients to reach specific goals and look ahead, not behind. While working with a coach, however, some issues may arise which are better handled by a therapist, and in that event, the coach may be able to help the clients find a therapist who can help.

Fertility coaches generally offer their services over the phone in the form of teleclasses, or individual, couples, or group sessions. Some also offer personalized, unlimited, face-to-face services for an additional fee. Services may be set up as a one-time session, a specified number of hours each month, or charged on a per-hour basis. Rates can vary widely, from the cost of a long-distance phone call for teleclasses (usually $3 to $6), up to $125 to $200 per hour for individual coaching.



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