BONUS 22: Managing Relationships with Friends & Family While Battling Infertility

October 30, 2015

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Today’s bonus episode guest is Dr. Maria Rothenburger, a psychotherapist who specializes in infertility. She recently shared her personal infertility story in Episode 18.

Dr. Rothenburger and Heather discuss how to manage relationships with friends and family while also battling infertility:

  • What are some of the different ways in which infertility can impact friendships?
  • How can a woman with infertility tell her fertile friends what she’s going through in a way that will garner their support? What happens when that support is not received?
  • What are some ways to approach when an infertile woman is told by a fertile friend that she’s pregnant?
  • What about when the infertile woman is invited to the baby shower?
  • What about friendships between infertile women where one is “left behind”? Inevitably, someone will get pregnant last…or not at all.
  • What are some of the ways in which family can react to learning you are having troubles with infertility?
  • How can a woman with infertility tell her family what she’s going through in a way that will garner their support? What happens when that support is not received?
  • To end this episode on a high note, do you have any parting words of advice about friendships or relationships with family?

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

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