BONUS 175: Helping Your Partner Support You

October 5, 2018

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Today’s bonus episode guest is Dr. Maria Rothenburger, a psychotherapist who specializes in infertility. If you haven’t already listened to it, she shared her personal infertility story in Episode 18.

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Dr. Rothenburger and Heather discuss how to help your partner support you throughout your infertility journey:

GETTING SUPPORT

  • We’ve discussed this before, but men tend to be ‘fixers.’ Can you describe what this means and why it might create problems while battling infertility?
  • Generally speaking, when talking about infertility, how can the female partner initiate and drive the conversation in a way that will encourage support from her male partner?
  • There are four main stressors while battling infertility: physical, emotional, financial, and day-to-day decision-making. Let’s tackle each, one at a time.
    • Physical
      • What does the female partner need from her male partner throughout the journey, and how can she help him support her?
    • Emotional
      • What does the female partner need from her male partner throughout the journey, and how can she help him support her?
    • Financial
      • What does the female partner need from her male partner throughout the journey, and how can she help him support her?
    • Day-to-day decision-making
      • What does the female partner need from her male partner throughout the journey, and how can she help him support her?
  • Is there anything else you’d like to add?

WRAPPING UP

  • What words of hope would you offer to listeners who are seeking more support from their partners?

BONUS: Check out BONUS 17 for a discount code for some of Dr. Rothenburger’s services.

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