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Author: Hillary Talbott Roland

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Fertile Minds Radio is your place to learn how to maximize you & your partner's fertility; physically, mentally & emotionally. Here you'll find tools to help you feel empowered and confident as you move from infertile to pregnancy to parenthood. Hillary Talbott Roland, Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Fellow of ABORM and Meditation Instructor shares her clinical insight along with leading experts and thought leaders from the realms of TCM, Mindfulness, Women's Health, Psychology, and Obstetrics & Endocrinology. From unexplained infertility to miscarriage to raging PMS we've got your covered, and are dedicated to bringing you information to help you conceive naturally or through other means like IVF & ICSI all while staying sane.
91 Episodes
Gut health isn't where your brain would normally go when trying to solve the problem of fertility challenges, but it is thought to be one of the root causes of subfertility. Did you know that low microbe diversity in your intestines can lead to issues like endometriosis, pcos, metabolic syndrome and even obesity? Functional medicine specialist Dr. Jen Horton and I talk all things poo and how and why it should be a part of your fertility workup.
How do we construct a practice that fits our life, one that we will actually keep coming back to? Those questions and more are answered along with a mantra for you to practice for the next 40 days to beckon a child into your life.
Practicing the Art of Silence, with your partner, can help to reveal the stories that you tell yourself about your connection and help to cultivate a deep sense of connectedness. Today you will learn the two most important exercises that will help you begin to feel comfortable in silence and true presence.
Day 5 of our meditation challenge happens to fall on a new moon in Taurus and Earth day. What an auspicious day for setting intentions! We will examine the 5 realms of life (Physical, Mental/Emotional, Relationship, Material and Spiritual) and how our fertility is interfacing with these different parts that make up our lives. We will then set some intentions that we would like to see unfold and seal it with a mantra in celebration of the Earth- Om Shri Gaia Ma Purnatva Gaia Ma.
Today's guided journey can be super helpful anytime you feel that you need a healthy "time out." Often when we are feeling the most constricted, it is because we are wrestling with questions. Today you go on a journey to get answers from the Archetypal women you carry inside. After it is over you will know how to find more space when you are feeling pinned in or couped up. After you practice it a few times, you won't even need my voice.
Today's meditation will guide you through a journey of becoming reunited with the wisdom of your heart. We will discuss the concept of the Heart - Uterus connection as defined by Traditional Chinese Medicine.
In day 2 of our fertility meditation challenge we explore concept of Traditional Chinese Medicine that stresses the importance of a spiritual perspective and strong awareness of our higher self to help with creation or what is sometimes referred to as a conscious conception. 
The breath is all about the exhale, and so is finding your center. In honor of National Infertility Awareness Week I am hosting my annual fertility meditation challenge. In today's meditation you will practice 5 different types of breathing techniques. My hope is that you will find 1-2 that really resonate with you that you take into your daily life to help control the stress response.
Brain based coach, Elizabeth Markie, and I will discuss our favorite techniques for down regulating the nervous system out of fight or flight throughout our day. Two heart math techniques that are only 1 and 2 minutes long are covered along with how to bring healing & connection to the world with a Meta Meditation.
As if fertility challenges weren't hard enough, now we are dealing with the ramifications of COVID-19. Today we bring you some sound advice for coping emotionally and the beautiful insight as to why you may be better equipped to handle this than you think.
I’m sure you’ve heard time and time again, stress negatively affects fertility and pregnancy. Maybe you been told, Just RELAX and it will happen more times than you care to count, which really makes you stress out and maybe want to punch said person. Now you can’t exactly go about cutting all of the stress out of your life, I mean, fertility challenges alone are stressful. What are you supposed to do? Give up? Quit? Not a chance. You make a game out of making friends with your stress response. Acknowledge it, know it’s going to happen, get good at catching it before it becomes a freight train careening out of control, AND then see how fast you can change your stress response into a relaxation response by trying on one of these little beauties from our mini mindful moments installments. Meditation & mindfulness techniques and their ability to turn on our parasympathetic nervous system, or what’s known as breed and feed, are evidence based practices that not only enhance your fertility, but they can also help you hold a pregnancy, even if it’s high risk. Remember, it’s not stress that’s the enemy, it’s how fast we can get back into a relaxed state that really matters. These mini relaxation techniques are quick, easy to apply throughout your day and restore your relaxation response in moments, keeping your mind broadcasting the message to your body, "It’s a safe time and place to create life,” helping you to feel back in control of your stress and ready to conceive. 
We all have something that we want that sometimes is a struggle to see other people around us getting or having the feeling like you’re the only person that doesn’t have the thing. But, what should you do when everyone around you is pregnant, and you are having a meltdown? Our guest, Erin Gray LMHT, LMT takes us through a four-step approach that you could apply to avoid a meltdown or at the very least lessen the blow.  
In today’s episode we dissect the concept of Total Ecology of Health. It’s a term coined by one of my mentors, Dr. Aviva Romm. It has to do with our body’s ability to detox itself in relation to the toxic burden we place on it and our interconnectedness to the planet. We discuss what toxic burden is, the concepts of stress and terrain and what you can do emlimate your toxic burden and super charge your natural detox abilities.
In today’s episode, we are joined by Heidi Brockmyre. She will be helping us understand how acupuncture can help boost fertility and help you conceive. Heidi is a licensed practitioner of acupuncture and Chinese medicine, and she has a decade of experience helping women grow their families. She’s supported hundreds of women in her clinic in San Diego and now thousands of women around the world and her online community. She teaches women how to get pregnant, have a faster, healthier, easier and more affordable way in her online program Fertility activation method. She loves teaching women how to renew their faith and their ability to conceive and how to take back control of their health and their bodies. It is important to note that the benefits of acupuncture and Chinese medicine don’t end at conceiving; it helps even after childbirth.    
Are you a new mom struggling to keep up? Do you feel like taking care of your child is way more work than you anticipated leaving you constantly overwhelmed? Or are you finding yourself in a constant emotional funk, while telling yourself you should feel happy? You could be suffering from postpartum depression.   Many women suffer from postpartum depression, and even more go undiagnosed with postpartum anxiety. The magnitude of the depression and/or anxiety can vary from one woman to the other. Some women suffer from severe postpartum depression including suicidal ideation, while others have a mild version constantly feeling like something just isn’t right.    When you are stuck in the thick of negative postpartum takedown, it can feel like it’s going to last forever. The good news is, it doesn’t have to, and there is a way out.   In today’s episode, we are honored to have Liz Langston join us. Liz is a postpartum coach and a postpartum depression survivor. She shares with us how she made it out of the depression and how she realized her mission to lift up other moms that are suffering like she did.
You may have heard me talk about the MODEL on episodes 48 and 54 when I talked about certainty and thought management, but truly you need to hear it again. These are concepts you can’t hear enough to really understand them. this is because most of us were not taught how to manage our minds. Even fewer of us were taught exercises to really understand our minds, not just how to conceptualize how the mind works. This exercise of using the self coaching model is something I have been working with for two and a half years now in Self Coaching Scholars with Brooke Castillo. It’s been instrumental in me reclaiming my health and my sanity as a step parent. I know this can handle any situation and I want to teach it to you. I truly believe if you work with it and actually write down the models that you run, it can be the #1 tool to help you keep your cool while you are patiently waiting to conceive!
Our guest today, Lindsay Meisel, is the chief science editor at Ava Fertility Tracker with over a decade of experience educating and writing about reproductive health. I got to geek out with her over the science behind this wearable piece of tech and how exactly the Ava bracelet is different from other ovulation predictors. If you have wondered about using the Ava, have tracked your basal body temps (BBT) and are totally over buying ovulation kits, are unsure of your ovulation signs & symptoms, or your just starting out and trying to figure out when your fertile window actually occurs this episode is for you. For a $20 coupon check the show notes at
Infertility is becoming an epidemic in the world. According to a statistic carried out in the US, 10-12 out of 100 couples in the US struggle with infertility. In today’s episode, we are joined by a woman who has been through the infertility journey and is now a mother.   Infertility is isolating and brings with it a sense of hopelessness. According to our guest, there is a great online community that supports couples going through infertility.Our guest today is Tedi Palmer. She’s a wife, a mom and an infertility survivor, and a mama of two. She’s active in the infertility community by running an infertility-related blog. She also runs an Etsy shop selling infertility awareness apparel. Also, she runs a non-profit called Hope for Fertility.
Are you considering having a home birth? This episode is for you. Our guest today loves talking about home birth.   Today, we are joined by Katelyn Fusco. She is the host and creator of Happy Homebirth. As a wife, mother and homebirth advocate, she has a passion for presenting positive, encouraging stories and reliable resources for homebirth mothers. Before becoming a mother, Katelyn worked as a student midwife. She has had two empowering homebirths, the second of which she considers to be the birth, she wishes for every interested mother: mindful, peaceful and powerful at home.
In honor of Recurrent Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month we offer you this wisdom packed episode with Dr. Zev Williams.  If you or someone you know has experienced a miscarriage you owe it to yourself to have a listen.   
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