I’m Simone, fertility doula and yoga instructor.
Going through infertility and IVF is insanely hard, and I don’t know what I would have done without the tools of mindfulness, yoga, and meditation to ground me. I want to share what I’ve learned with you so that this journey can be a little easier and so that you can feel better NOW instead of telling yourself that you’ll feel better once you’re pregnant.
My learned experience:
- 200h vinyasa yoga teacher training (Yoga Alliance certified)
- 30+h fertility yoga and meditation teacher training
- 300+h fertility doula training (Full-Spectrum Maternal Support Worker)
- Masters degree in Education from UofT
- 4 years of trying to conceive
- 3 egg retrievals
- 1 miscarriage
- 2 frozen embryo transfers
- 1 laparoscopy for endo
- 3 other small fertility-related surgeries
- countless tests, internal ultrasounds, blood tests
I’m here to help you cultivate more self-compassion and resilience on your long fertility journey. Dealing with female-factor infertility can make you feel like you’re not yourself at all anymore! The courses I teach help you come back to feeling fully yourself. I truly believe that you are worthy of the family you’ve been yearning for.
My Fertility Journey with Endometriosis
When my husband and I started trying to conceive in our late 20s, I thought it would be easy! I didn’t know that I had endometriosis, but started to suspect that something was wrong as my symptoms got worse each month. Sometimes I couldn’t walk on the first day of my cycle. It was upsetting how little education and support there was – I was told over and over not to worry because I was “young”.
After a year, I needed to find some strategies to help me cope with the stress, anger and resentment that infertility was causing. I started prioritizing my self-care by switching to part-time work. I attended a few retreats and a great Mind-Body Fertility support group, and practiced mindfulness daily.
After a year and a half of trying to conceive, I finally had my first pelvic ultrasound. I had very large endometriomas (chocolate cysts) in both ovaries. It was a relief to know that it wasn’t all in my head! A couple weeks later, I was thrilled and surprised to find out that I was pregnant. When I started miscarrying, I had a toolkit of strategies and resources to fall back on that I had already been practicing. It amazed me how resilient I felt, even through the grief of pregnancy loss.
I waited for a year to get surgery for endo, and then found out that my ovarian cysts had grown back almost immediately. At that time, one doctor told me that I would never be able to do IVF or conceive with my own eggs.
I switched fertility clinics and found a supportive doctor with experience doing IVF with endometriosis. I did three back-to-back egg retrievals and was able to freeze a good number of normal embryos and we finally conceived with our second frozen transfer after four years of trying!
My experiences led me to quit my job as an elementary school teacher and start Feel Fully because I know how little emotional support most people get in the medicalized world of infertility and endometriosis. Now I co-facilitate that same Mind-Body support group I went to in 2019 and teach my own mindfulness for fertility course!
Do we have anything in common?
- Harry Potter is my hero
- I was diagnosed with endometriosis at age 30, after experiencing symptoms since age 13
- I’ve lived in Italy and Japan
- You can find me belting Adele, playing the piano, or cuddling with my cat
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