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See How Other Women’s Fertile Hope Success Stories Transformed Their Lives

Mother and Daughter

I LEARNED I WAS STRONG AND COULD SURVIVE THINGS THAT I USED TO THINK WOULD KILL ME

Fertile Hope yoga was a life saver for me. The support was incredible. Being able to share my innermost feelings helped lessen the pain I was feeling. And the focus on gratitude helped me keep perspective on a journey that can easily swallow you whole and consume your identity at times.

I learned that I was strong and could survive things that I used to think would kill me. While strength is inherent in this process it’s equally important to welcome fear, sorrow and whatever else comes up… feeling the grief and being vulnerable (not always feeling positive or strong) is essential in welcoming and inviting miracles and keeping hope alive. Often when you’re at rock bottom and ready to give up a miracle appears.

Knowing I was not alone and witnessing the strength and determination of my fellow womb warriors multiplied my power and helped me carry on.

Felicia Hershman | Rochester, NY
Natural Cycle Success Story + Fertile Hope Yoga Graduate
Mica Portrait

A BEACON OF HOPE, GRATITUDE, PATIENCE AND PERSEVERANCE

Before I started the Fertile Hope Yoga program, my journey was stress and anxiety driven. It became more balanced and less pressured after I started the program. My biggest breakthrough was how to deal with stress in other aspects of my life. Erin was amazing. A voice of reason and a beacon of hope teaching us gratitude, patience and perseverance.

Mica Venturo | Rochester, NY
IUI Success Story + Fertile Hope Yoga Graduate
Mother and Sons

FROM FEELING LONELY TO BEING SURROUNDED WITH SUPPORT

I felt lonely until I started this class because I didn’t know anyone I could share with other than my husband and close family. I’ve met some amazing women through yoga that I am now very close with.

I learned that no journey is the same but there are so many women wanting and hoping for the same thing – to be a mom.

Natalie DiMascio | Rochester, NY
IVF Success Story + Fertile Hope Yoga Graduate
Family Photo

A SISTERHOOD OF PERFECT STRANGERS BECAME MY BIGGEST ADVOCATES

Joining Fertile Hope Yoga was an escape for my mind. I needed to be in a safe environment where I could laugh at the absurd and cry at the life that fertility treatments create for you. It helped me learn the importance of self care— yoga was a must for me on my fertility journey and now in life.

When we started doing basic treatments with our OBGYN, they’re best advice was to “relax and not think about it” (which to me now is the most laughable advice). Yoga and support through Fertile Hope Yoga were key to balancing the non medical side of my journey.

The biggest insights/breakthroughs I experienced during the yoga for fertility program was the realization that I am not alone,  that you can be scared and it’s okay, and that a group of women who are perfect strangers can end up being your strongest advocates on this journey.

Julie Goonan | Rochester, NY
IVF Success Story + Fertile Hope Yoga Graduate
Cairy Portrait

FHY SAVED MY SANITY AND I LET GO OF THE THINGS I COULDN’T CONTROL

Having a group of people to talk to, ask questions, listen to your weekly struggles and triumphs became essential for my sanity! It was a nice break to allow myself to open up to someone other than my husband.

The yoga was so relaxing and helpful to calm my nerves during the most anxious steps of the journey. I quickly realized that the more you put into the group, the more you got out of it.  The more open and honest I was— the more people connected and became a true life-line for me.

I was able to offer support to others and that in itself provides so much internal comfort and strength. My journey had previously been very “medical.” There was no mention of my anxiety level, breathing, or my emotional and spiritual well-being.

That all changed when I began going to yoga  I learned to breath. I learned to let go of things I couldn’t control. I learned to find something every day that I’m truly grateful for. Seeing the positive sides of things was incredibly powerful.

I also learned a lot about my body and self-care. I started to notice when I felt tense and I could use my “tool box” of yoga positions to release tension, calm my nerves and decrease my stress level. I’m able to handle daily stresses and stay calm with much more ease and that positively reflects on my family as well.

Cairy Place | Rochester, NY
IVF Success Story + Fertile Hope Yoga Graduate
Mother and Son

I GAINED LIFELONG FRIENDS AND A COMMUNITY THAT FEELS LIKE FAMILY

If you’re feeling hesitant to join, you probably need it more than you realize. Before I found Fertile Hope Yoga, I found that I just wanted to retreat from all activities and social situations.

I felt alone, lost passion for the things I was once passionate about and I became very reclusive. I felt left behind. Yoga for fertility gave me the social and emotional support I needed so badly, but was in too much pain to seek out on my own.

I still use the yoga breathing when I have an anxiety attack or if I am feeling stressed. I also still consider the women I went through this journey with to be great and lifelong friends. The community became like a family to me.

 

Holly DiNardo | Rochester, NY
IVF Success Story + Fertile Hope Yoga Graduate