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Addressing Infertility: with a Holistic Approach

Apr 10, 2018 04:19PM ● By Joelle Samples

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in eight couples (12 percent of married women) have trouble getting pregnant or sustaining a pregnancy. Infertility sees no boundaries, and it certainly does not discriminate. Anyone can be challenged to have a family regardless of their race, religion, sexuality or economic status. Yet together, we can change how infertility is viewed by those around us—and that begins with awareness.

This year’s National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW), from April 22 through 28, will unite millions of Americans that want to break through the barriers that stand in the way of building a family. It’s time to speak up, speak out, and create conversation to release the stigma around infertility. It’s time to #flipthescript.

Conquering infertility on a national and local level

It’s apparent that couples experiencing fertility challenges no longer have just one option when seeking treatment— seeing a reproductive endocrinologist. With this traditional approach, such as in vitro fertilization and intrauterine insemination, the root cause of the fertility challenge is often bypassed.

When this happens, it can affect the woman’s ability to become pregnant, and in some cases, inhibit her body’s ability to carry a baby to term. Taking a more holistic approach to fertility care, and getting to the root cause, can be vital to both the couple and their growing baby, and will also have a huge impact on their overall health and wellness.

As a Fertility Coach and Merciér Therapist, these are some of my top resources for helping my clients to conquer infertility on a both a national and local level.

National Resources:

Dr. Christiane Northrup, boardcertified OB/GYN, women’s health expert, visionary health pioneer, New York Times bestselling author and founder of

Alisa Vitti, functional nutritionist and women’s hormone expert, author of WomanCode and founder of

Melissa Ramos, nutritionist, women’s health expert with a background in Chinese medicine and founder of

Molly Nichols, fertility coach and emotional healer, specializes in fertility visualizations and founder of

Gabby Bernstein, New York Times bestselling author, international speaker, spirit junkie and founder of

Indianapolis Area Resources:

Joelle Samples, fertility coach and Merciér Therapist, specializes in yoni steam baths and gyno-visceral pelvic manipulation to restore blood flow, balance hormones and optimize fertility, and founder of

Dr. Natalie Marshall, physical therapist, specializes in pelvic, abdominal, pregnancy, postpartum and orthopedic physical therapy and founder of

Amy Nicley and Nicci Wilhoite of Excell for Life Family Care and Pediatrics, Nurse Practitioner, specializes in a functional approach to overall health and wellness.

Katelin Parkinson, Naturopathic Doctor, women’s health & wellness consultant, and Fertility Awareness Educator and founder of

Liz Escoffery, Certified FertilityCare practitioner specializes in the Creighton Model of care, Birth Boot Camp instructor and founder of

Robin Eldib, Registered Nurse and Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner, specializes in women’s health and wellness,

Kristen Bravo, mobile chiropractor and acupuncturist, specializes in chiropractic and acupuncture house calls and appointments at Embarque yoga studio, in Broad Ripple, and founder of

Indy Reproductive Acupuncture, specializing in acupuncture for fertility and prenatal care,

Anne Halleck, Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Yoga Instructor; founder of Indy Women’s Health Group, an online Facebook group to support women with health and fertility challenges,

Dr. Joseph Yedlicka, Interventional Radiologist, specializes in minimally invasive procedures including laser ablation of varicose veins (including varicoceles in men), uterine fibroid embolizations and more,

Fertility health is more than just hormone levels. We must look at the body as a whole, address diet and lifestyle factors that may be affecting overall health and wellness, and come up with a plan to get to the root cause of the fertility challenges. Creating a team of like-minded practitioners that fit the couple’s individual needs will significantly increase their chances of a healthy pregnancy.

Joelle Samples is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and Merciér Therapist. As a Fertility Coach, she works with clients to address the root cause of their fertility challenges. Encouraged by her personal fertility journey, she provides guidance, education, support and encouragement to couples seeking a gentler approach to conception. For more information, visit

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