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Month: March 2017

Doulas and IVF

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While many women conceive with no issues at all, there is a rise in the number of women needing fertility treatments such as IVF. Fertility doctors will help identify any issues keeping you from conceiving, and then address those issues with medical interventions, if necessary.  Once your fertility treatments are successful, and you’ve chosen a supportive OBGYN or midwife, the next step should be hiring a childbirth doula. The American Pregnancy Association defines a doula as “a professional trained in childbirth who provides emotional, physical, and educational support to a mother who is expecting, is experiencing labor, or has recently given birth.” Trying to conceive isn’t always easy and, once you do conceive, having someone to provide emotional support during your pregnancy can very beneficial.

“After a fertility doctor helps you conceive, a doula can help guide you through the rest of your pregnancy journey. “


Hiring a doula to support your family during this journey can help create a more positive experience. While your healthcare provider focuses on your medical needs, a doula’s attention is focused on supporting your physical and emotional needs. The process of addressing infertility often comes with a lot of challenges, losses, and stress.   An experienced and knowledgeable doula understands these challenges.

“A doula recognizes the unique needs of families who undergo fertility treatments and offers nonjudgmental support every step of the way.”


A doula is also a great source for local referrals for IVF moms.  If you are seeking the care of an acupuncturist, nutritionist, or massage therapist, your doula can recommend some of the best around.  A doula can help educate you on what you can truly expect when expecting.  As many IVF moms know, going through IVF can be physically, emotionally, and financially demanding. The guidance and support from a doula who understands your needs can be invaluable.  From the first positive pregnant test, to your baby’s first breath, she’ll be there holding your hand along the way!

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Coral Spring DoulaThis blog was written by Lisa Raynor, a childbirth and postpartum doula in Coral Springs, FL. During her decade of experience, Lisa has worked with many families who struggled to bring a baby into the world and understands the physical, emotional, and financial strain it can place on families.  Lisa offers compassionate support to moms who have battled with infertility in Boca Raton, Parkland, Coral Springs, Ft Lauderdale and surrounding areas. Call today to schedule your complementary consultation 954-914-3933. 

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Read This IVF Story Before You Make An April Fool’s Pregnancy Joke!

 IVF doula pregnancy parkland                                 Each Month – An Infertility/IVF Story

As a little girl, all I dreamed about was being a mom. As an adult, I never thought I would struggle with infertility.

Each month when I would get my period it was a reminder that I was failing at something that I wanted so badly.

Each month was a reminder that things weren’t happening the way I planned.

Each month was a disappointment.

Each month I wasted money on pregnancy tests and never saw a positive result.

Each month my husband tried to console me as I cried myself to sleep.

Each month I pretended to be happy when my friends announced their pregnancies and delivered their babies.

Each month I wished I was in their shoes but was in denial that there was a problem.

Each April 1st, people would make April Fool’s jokes about being pregnant and they didn’t know how much it hurt me.

Each month I wandered into baby stores and envisioned the items I would need.

Each month I talked myself out of going to see a fertility specialist for IVF.

Each month I grew deeper and deeper into depression and thought my dream of being a mom would never happen. This went on for year and years.

Then…….One day I made a call, made an appointment, met with a fertility doctor, listened to his advice, got on medicine, made healthy changes in my life, believed that IVF could work for me, believed I was worth the time, the commitment and the money, I believed that I would be a mom………and now I am!


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Please be sensitive this April Fool’s Day and think about the moms struggling to get pregnant or the ones who have been pregnant and miscarried. Think about the moms going through IVF who are patiently wait to hear the words “you’re pregnant”! Pregnancy is not a joke. So many of my friends have struggled with infertility and can relate to the story above. A story of courage and strength and determination to be a mom. As a doula, I have supported many moms through their pregnancy journeys after IVF, but some have been friends before and during IVF. I have been there for the emotional rollercoaster, the highs and lows, and the tears of joy and tears of sadness. IVF moms are some of the most amazing people I know and some of the strongest.


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