Last Updated on July 28, 2022 by Avi Steen
If you’re considering fertility coaching, then you probably have a lot of questions. What is a fertility coach, and what can they do for me? How much does it cost? What should I expect during my first appointment?
In this blog post, we will answer all of your questions and give you a better understanding of what to expect when working with a fertility coach. Keep reading to learn more!
There’s a misconception that there’s only one type of doula service, Birth Doulas, when in reality there are so many. One of those is Fertility Coaches or preconception doulas.
In short, a Fertility Coach supports a couple through their fertility journey by providing emotional and informational support. A Fertility Coach is specifically certified to also provide information on natural measures to help cleanse, prepare and support the body in preparation for conception.
In 2018 I had two back-to-back miscarriages, one lasting 45 days.
I wanted to become a mother so bad and remembered days as a child when I’d even dream of the moments but because of my hormonal imbalances and the overwhelming feeling of not knowing when it was going to happen, I wasn’t able to have a successful pregnancy.
When I went through my miscarriage I began to lean into my quiet time with the Lord and listen to His voice. Through daily devotion and prayer, He guided me to figure out the solution to my problem. I was not fueling my body with the right foods which were causing irregularities in my cycle.
First, I tried to get pregnant by just using OPKs and hoping for the best but the problem was I was ovulating but my fertility and body weren’t optimal to conceive and /or keep the baby.
After that didn’t work, I had my first chemical pregnancy, and at the same time, I learned that my teenage cousin had committed suicide. I fell into a slump in grieving 2 family members. I fell off track with God and wasn’t giving my faith journey any attention.
Motivation to Help Others
Finally, I realized, with the help of God, I needed to balance my hormones by healing my gut issues, changing my lifestyle habits, and growing my relationship with the Lord so that He could show me step by step what my life would start to look like. When I started changing my lifestyle from the inside out I was able to conceive my rainbow baby.
That’s why I became a fertility coach and created Mother Mindset, a business that empowers women of God who are trying to get pregnant naturally to overcome negative thoughts and balance their hormones so she no longer has to be overwhelmed and consumed by their TTC journey.
What is a Fertility Coach?
A Fertility Coach, also known as a Preconception or Fertility Doula, is often included in a Full Spectrum Doula certification but has been increasingly rising as an individual certification in recent years.
Full-spectrum doulas provide services from preconception, through birth, and postpartum.
Fertility coaches, on the other hand, provide support prior to pregnancy for women who are beginning their fertility journeys or dealing with infertility.
What does a fertility Coach do?
A Fertility Coach is professionally trained to support couples during preconception to help them prepare emotionally and physically for pregnancy. Emotional preparation may include ways to combat the stress of infertility and cope with waiting. Physically, some doulas review fertility charts to better assist and optimize clients’ success in getting pregnant.
Please note, if a fertility coach guarantees pregnancy, steer clear. Fertility coaches cannot guarantee an outcome of conception.
Spiritual preparation is included in the Fertility Coach services I offer here at Mother Mindset. I believe that faith and conception are directly correlated. I help my clients increase their faith while on their journey to conceive as a way to effectively cope with the process of conception.
Fertility Coaches are trained to identify different factors related to fertility to help optimize chances for conception. They often provide individual support to a woman who is trying to conceive but also may have various virtual courses, like Fertile Faith, to assist in helping a group of women on their fertility journeys.
When should you contact a fertility Coach?
For couples in the beginning stages of trying to conceive, a fertility coach can be helpful in providing information on tracking your cycle and optimizing your fertile window.
The beginning of a TTC journey can be quite overwhelming and sometimes all-consuming. A fertility coach can help clients navigate first steps in the conception process to better create strategies in their own journey to cope and pursue conception.
For couples who have been trying to get pregnant for 6-12 months or more, a fertility coach can help navigate next steps, as well as offer emotional support to assist in optimizing a sound mind and body for the journey.
For those experiencing infertility, fertility coaches can help identify and provide informational resources for options outside of natural conception.
Fertility Coach Support
As a Fertility Coach who incorporates a faith-based approach, I help clients in multiple areas of their journey including nutrition, stress factors, ovulation, spousal support, trauma, and prayer. It’s important to find a doula who supports you in multiple ways as well as in your own individual beliefs.
Your coach is there to provide you with support and advocate for your wants and needs. They can be a resource of support before or during fertility appointments to help you understand various procedures and terminology.
A community of supporters is so powerful for women who are trying to get pregnant. A fertility coach can be an essential part of that community.
Fertility Coach Pricing – How much?
It depends, some doulas charge by the hour while others charge a flat fee or packaged service price. Fertility Coach services range depending on the individual doula from as low as $60 for an hour consultation to $2000 for a package of various services over multiple weeks.
One-hour consultations are ideal for specific questions or quick cycle reviews to see where a woman can make key changes in their conception plan for the following month.
Packaged services are for the woman who may require a more in-depth look at her TTC journey emotionally, physically, and spiritually.
Fertility Coach Packages
The main package I offer as a Fertility Doula includes:
- Face-to-face (virtual) consultations to discuss nutrition, stress factors, ovulation, spousal support, and trauma
- Unlimited email support
- Cycle Reviews
The sessions are one hour in length and will be a detailed discussion of how to optimize your current journey. There is always room for questions as well.
Other packages I offer include a one-hour session to discuss any questions you have about your fertility journey, faith-based fertility courses, and a fertility and fitness-based accountability group that focuses on healing through physical health for conception.
I also just released my latest fertility-based devotional: The Complete Implantation Guide: A 28 Day Devotional. It’s a fertility guide that teaches you how to boost your chances of implantation and increase your faith in 4 weeks. Grab your copy here.
Should I Invest in a fertility coach?
To be honest, I wish I had made the investment in a Fertility Coach when I started my TTC journey. 6 months after marrying my husband we were hit with baby fever.
We had discussed kids and the desire to wait 2 years before actively trying but after marriage comes a baby carriage, right?
I started to dive deeper into knowing the general day that I ovulated as well as researching all of the proper TTC terms. But still, I had a lot to learn back then.
So is getting a coach worth it? I’d say yes, especially if it’s a coach who has similar beliefs as you do. A coach who has been through some of the same experiences as you can be a great support system, especially during such a trying time as trying to conceive.
In conclusion, although there are many different types of doulas, fertility doulas is where it begins. Whether you are just beginning your journey or months into TTC, Fertility Coaches are here to help.
Coaches can help support you and your spouse in your journey to get pregnant and hold a precious baby in your arms.
Octavia Steen is an NBDA certified fertility doula, health coach, certified fitness nutrition specialist, aspiring missionary with the COGIC, and owner of Mother Mindset. She helps future and current mamas become more consistent in faith + fitness and grow closer to God so they can create a healthier lifestyle from the inside out!