In today’s fertility blog, we are pleased to be introducing the Fertility Goddess Fundamentals, which was co-founded by Nicola and Caroline. They help support people’s fertility journeys with energy healing and mind-body healing techniques. Read on to understand what the seven fundamentals are, what toxic stress is and why a fertility goddess is important.
Fertility Goddess Fundamentals was founded by Nicola Carter and Caroline Tanner in 2021. Both Nicola and Caroline experienced difficult fertility journeys and shared a deep passion for energy healing and mind-body healing techniques. Nicola’s fertility journey included recurrent miscarriages with a final diagnosis of high NK cells and an eventual medical trial, which resulted in her son. Caroline’s fertility diagnosis was ‘unexplained’ but she later found out that she had a blood clotting disorder and gene mutation; after experiencing multiple rounds of IUI and IVF, she eventually conceived her son.
After meeting during a fertility CPD session, Nicola and Caroline recognised that their shared passion and experience would prove a powerful force in their work to support fertility clients. Their shared belief of an energetic principle to fertility is how Fertility Goddess Fundamentals was born: a unique seven-week programme, which teaches the importance of linking the mind, body and emotional energy to enhance fertility.
Nicola works as a Holistic Fertility Coach, Doula, Hypnobirthing Teacher and Placenta Encapsulation Specialist. She is passionate about teaching holistic techniques to enhance fertility. Caroline, after her difficult journey and the birth of her son, trained as a Holistic and Spiritual Fertility Coach, Breath Coach, Life Coach and Reiki Therapist. Her passion is guiding her fertility clients through a journey of self-discovery, self-love and healing to enhance their fertility.
The Fertility Goddess Fundamentals are based on the ancient belief of chakras, also known as energy centres, within the body. These energy centres correlate to major internal organs within the body, including reproductive organs. Each energy centre needs to be aligned and balanced to ensure good emotional and physical well-being. Adversity and toxic stress can cause chakras to become unbalanced or even blocked, meaning energy cannot flow freely within and through them. This can cause a range of physical, emotional and mental difficulties. In terms of fertility, it can impair the body’s ability to conceive.
The sacral chakra is a key focus of the work. It is the energy centre located near the uterus, just below the naval. It is the chakra responsible for the reproductive organs; therefore it is important that this energy centre is balanced. During the Fertility Goddess Fundamentals programme, a main focus of the work is to align and balance the sacral chakra, ensuring that the client is living their life with joy, optimism and creating the physical space to welcome their future baby.
Part of the programme focuses on meridians (meridians are pathways in which energy or ‘qi’ flows between each chakra and throughout the body). In particular, there is a focus on the important energetic pathway between the sacral and heart chakra. A secure energetic connection between the heart and womb, also known as the ‘heart-womb’ connection is fundamental for conception. The womb and heart share an energy and blood line and it is this that supports
the activation of reproductive organs for ovulation and conception. It is not enough just to focus on each energy centre in isolation but to understand the importance of the energetic connection between each area of the body, fundamental for conception.
The Fertility Goddess Fundamentals Programme guides the client to energise and align their chakras, which enables them to achieve the seven fertility fundamentals:
I am Safe – You feel safe and secure, sending a message to your body that it is safe to get pregnant.
I feel Joy – You live your life with joy and purpose whilst on your journey to conception.
I am Confident – Your confidence and personal power shine through, knowing that you are enough.
I am Loved – You know you are loved by many and you allow the world to feel your love.
I Speak my Truth – You speak your truth to all, releasing its power and unleashing yours.
I See my Future – You see your future path as beautiful, knowing that all will be well.
I am Aware – You are aware of the energies within and around you and you use this knowledge to protect your journey to conception.
Once the chakras are balanced and aligned, with energy flowing freely throughout, the seven fertility fundamentals can be achieved and the chances of conception enhanced.
The brain controls the body based on the cues it receives from emotional reactions. If you are anxious and stressed, the brain assumes that you are in danger. When the brain senses danger (real or imagined), it triggers the fight/flight/freeze response. This is the body’s automatic, built-in system designed to protect us from threat or danger. When the brain recognises danger, it turns off non-essential bodily functions and focuses on the priority functions that are needed to get out of danger. In these circumstances conception is not considered a priority function! In situations of imminent physical danger, the brain triggers a short, sharp shot of adrenaline. Usually this physical reaction is short-lived and, once the ‘danger’ has passed, normal life resumes and the body is relatively unaffected.
The problem comes when there are sustained levels of stress, such as those experienced during infertility. Constant hypervigilance and anxiety stemming from tracking your cycle, ovulation detection testing, surges, drops, timing sex, possible early pregnancy symptoms, periods arriving, periods not arriving, fertility medication, fertility treatments, whether to plan a holiday or wondering whether you’ll be pregnant by Christmas…etc, all keep a woman in an almost constant state of low level stress – this is what is meant by toxic stress.
Toxic stress causes the brain to continue to produce ‘danger’ signals to the body, because this type of stress is not short-lived, it continues for months, and in some cases, years and means that the brain is operating in survival mode for long periods of time. During this time it sends signals to the body that it may not be safe for you to conceive at this time. Your subconscious will always prioritise your survival and may actually reduce your fertility.
Every woman is a Goddess in her own right, but the adversity of a difficult fertility journey often leaves a woman questioning her femininity, her worth as a woman without children and why she cannot do what is societally viewed as ‘natural.’ In these instances, feminine energy is often depleted and a masculine energy becomes dominant. Many fertility clients who experience this find themselves feeling ‘stuck’ and develop a shield of protection because they perceive everything as a threat; think of the friend who announces their pregnancy…. you find yourself going out of your way to avoid them because the threat of you being triggered is too high.
This masculine shield, when dominant, presents as angry, controlling, power-driven and defensive. This type of shield can damage relationships, friendships and a woman’s ability to enjoy her life whilst she is trying to conceive. A balance of feminine and masculine energy is required. A Goddess has this balance: she has strength and determination. She is grounded in the face of adversity, yet retains her ability to flow freely through life. A Goddess will honour herself and others with a deep sense of self love and compassion. Every woman who progresses through the Fertility Goddess Fundamental programme graduates as a Goddess!
The Fertility Goddess Fundamentals programme is unique: not only does it work to support and guide you on your fertility journey but it supports the natural healing ability of the body. It is supported by research that shows people have the ability to ‘think themselves well’. This isn’t to say that we don’t ever need medical intervention but the power we have within us to heal is immense and can be tapped into. This type of healing has become lost in the modern Western World. Nicola and Caroline use this powerful method as a cornerstone of their programme, guiding the client through their own healing, often being described as ‘life changing!’ Research by Harvard University shows that a mind-body programme can double the chances of conception.
The Fertility Goddess Fundamentals seven-week programme is a safe space, in a group setting, for like-minded women. Toxic stress, adverse adult experiences and trauma connected to infertility can be explored to promote healing. The programme will support each client to align and balance their energy centres, reduce their stress response, calm their nervous system and in turn, enhance their chances of conception. Clients will walk away from the programme with a renewed sense of hope, an increased essence of who they are and where they belong in the world.
Nicola and Caroline have exciting plans for the future of Fertility Goddess Fundamentals. Once the national lockdown restrictions are lifted, weekend retreats incorporating the programme with hands-on energy healing will be available, as well as online training packages, an online community and much more!
The FREE 5-Day ‘Enhance Your Fertility’ Experience
Nicola and Caroline are passionate about reaching as many people as possible with the Fertility Goddess Fundamentals programme, therefore they are running a 5 day mini-programme. The FREE 5-day experience runs 21st March-25th March, within a private Facebook group. The group will open on 17th March, so in the meantime you are invited to join the main Fertility Goddess Family group, where you can stay up to date on what they are doing and be reminded as the 5 day experience is launched. You can join the group by clicking here.
Why Join the 5-Day ‘Enhance Your Fertility’ Experience?
Every woman’s fertility journey is unique but the difficult feelings a hard journey brings often aren’t. Through working with clients and their own personal experiences, Nicola and Caroline know that the desire to have a baby can take over a woman’s life. Women often feel isolated and alone, managing feelings of shame, anger, guilt and despair, month after month and, in some cases, year after year. The dark shadow of infertility spreads beyond the person and into all areas of their life. The impact physically, emotionally and spiritually can be devastating and often isn’t cured by having a baby.
The FREE 5-day experience allows the opportunity for an insight into the longer Fertility Goddess Fundamentals programme. Nicola and Caroline will be teaching an overview of chakras, the power of the mind, root chakra mini-lesson, sacral chakra mini-lesson and much more. There will be daily tasks that support the teaching as well as daily ‘live’ sessions to discuss the day’s findings and answer questions.
Who Should Join the 5-Day ‘Enhance Your Fertility’ Experience?
The FREE 5-day ‘Enhance Your Fertility’ Experience is most suited to women who are trying to conceive through assisted or unassisted methods. The work that Nicola and Caroline do is effective irrespective of how long a person has been on their fertility journey or what they have experienced along the way. The 5-day experience will be a beneficial addition to every woman’s personal fertility journey.