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.
Dr. Rothenburger and Heather discuss what to do when you feel left behind by both your fertile and infertile friends and family:
FERTILE FRIENDS & FAMILY
- Once you start trying to build your family, it seems everyone around you is pregnant and became so quickly. Talk to us about this phenomenon and any research behind it.
- What emotions are associated with feeling ‘left behind’ by your fertile friends and family?
- Because you can’t always avoid negative triggers, such as feeling left behind by your fertile friends and family, it’s best to have a plan in place. What can listeners do to prepare themselves as much as possible?
- For listeners who’ve recently felt left behind by fertile friends and family, what can they do now?
INFERTILE FRIENDS & FAMILY
- Are the emotions associated with feeling left behind intensified when it comes to infertile friends and family?
- Does the planning ahead for negative triggers differ when the people involved are infertile friends and family?
- For listeners who’ve recently felt left behind by infertile friends and family, what can they do now?
- Is there anything else you’d like to add?
- What words of hope would you offer to listeners who feel left behind by the fertile and infertile people in their lives?
BONUS: Check out BONUS 17 for a discount code for some of Dr. Rothenburger’s services.