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Getting Through the Holidays

Posted by on Oct 22, 2013 in Blog, coping, emotions, holidays, infertility | 0 comments

The dread of the holiday season is upon us once again.  The holidays are stressful for everyone, not just for individuals and couples that have been diagnosed with infertility, and may be going through treatment for infertility.  However, the holiday season is a time frame that can be a land mine of opportunity for ramping up the already painful emotions that are part of the journey to build your family.  If you are reading this now, it is possible that what got you through last Thanksgiving and Christmas or Chanukah, was the vision of a baby to celebrate the season with next year.  And...

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Explaining Unexplained Infertility

Posted by on May 14, 2013 in Blog, coping, couples, emotions, fertility, infertility, infertilty | 0 comments

If you are dealing with unexplained infertility it might be helpful to know it is a relatively common diagnosis.  In fact, 20% of all couples receive this diagnosis. Unexplained Infertility is defined as the absence of a definable cause for a couple’s failure to achieve pregnancy after 12 months of attempting conception despite a thorough evaluation. Any couple that experiences infertility knows the difficult and frustrating emotions that come along with the diagnosis.  Couples that receive a diagnosis of unexplained infertility agonize over the unknown origin of their inability to...

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Considering adoption as a family-building option

Posted by on Mar 19, 2013 in adoption, Blog, infertility, kerry christifano | 0 comments

The ongoing advancement of medical technology in the field of reproductive medicine offers you many options to consider when deciding how to fulfill your dream of expanding your family.  For those of you that decide to seek medical treatment, there are many factors to consider before taking action.  There is a plethora of information available to you so it is important that you have a fertility plan in place to help you in your decision-making process. Adoption may or may not be an option you are currently considering to build your family.   Whether you are currently considering adoption,...

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Words of wisdom from fertility nurse Brandi Oude Alink, part 2

Posted by on Feb 27, 2013 in Blog, emotions, fertility, infertility | 0 comments

The following is the second of a two-part post from guest blogger Brandi Oude Alink, WHNP (Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner).  Brandi is a nurse practitioner at Women’s Healthcare Specialists in Kansas City, MO and has worked with patients suffering from infertility for over 10 years.  Click here to read the first post if you missed it! ********* Have you ever wondered what the hardest part of my job is?  The hardest part of my job is not knowing the exact right thing to say at the exact right time. That’s it!  Straight from the source.  I walk a constant tightrope having...

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Words of wisdom from fertility nurse Brandi Oude Alink, part 1

Posted by on Feb 15, 2013 in Blog, infertility | 0 comments

The following is the first of a two-part post from guest blogger Brandi Oude Alink, WHNP (Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner).  Brandi is a nurse practitioner at Women’s Healthcare Specialists in Kansas City, MO and has worked with patients suffering from infertility for over 10 years. *********** First, let me say that I’ve been where you are. I’ve been through the years of trying, financial worries, marital headaches, torturous miscarriages, shots, procedures, and lots and lots and lots of tears. So maybe my perspective is not the same as every fertility nurse’s perspective,...

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The Reluctant Spouse/Partner

Posted by on Jan 8, 2013 in Blog, couples, fertility, infertility | 0 comments

Several months ago, I wrote a post about the benefits of having a fertility plan for those that have been diagnosed with infertility.  In counseling sessions with my clients, the benefits are evident as I see how a fertility plan helps couples navigate through the difficult decision-making process of treatment and family-building options. In reflecting back to the post, and in recalling many past sessions with clients, there is one variable I have witnessed that can really make developing a fertility plan challenging for a couple.  It is reluctance on the part of one person to consider...

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