BONUS 219: Reconnecting with Your Partner

August 9, 2019

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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 the ways infertility impacts relationships and how you can reconnect with your partner:

INTRODUCTION

  • What misconceptions might infertility warriors have about maintaining their relationship with their partner, and what are the facts?
  • Can you talk us through some of the ways infertility can impact a partner relationship?

RECONNECTING WITH YOUR PARTNER

  • Let’s discuss some ways listeners can reconnect with their partners and steps they can take to achieve each strategy:
    • Avoid placing blame
    • Communicate
    • Discuss options honestly and practically
    • Make a plan together — and work together toward it
    • Compromise
    • Allow for differences in experience / understand and respect your partner’s feelings and opinions
    • Be supportive during times of grieving/venting
    • Try to keep the magic alive
    • Find ways to connect unrelated to infertility
    • Develop a sense of humor
    • Reach out for social support
    • Remember that infertility is not forever
    • Consider therapy
  • Is there anything else you’d like to add?

WRAPPING UP

  • What words of hope would you offer to listeners who are worried about how infertility is impacting — or might impact — their relationship with their partner?

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

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