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Hey everyone, here’s a list of different resources and products you may find helpful or interesting. I’ll be including more books, films, blogs, vlogs, podcasts, websites, and other products. I will be expanding this list to include information about adoption and fostering here soon. Keep checking back for more updates to the page. 

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Helpful Websites

Resolve.orgResolve.org "The National Infertility Association" is an excellent resource for anyone struggling with infertility and what options are available. What sets Resolve apart from other infertility resources is they not only provide support groups but also teach people how to become an advocate for access for infertility treatment and adoption.
FertilityIQ.comI wish I had known about this site early on because it is a great place to start to learn about infertility, treatment options, and how to find a medical provider. What I really like about this site is the ability to search doctors and clinics and to read actual reviews from patients.
Creatingafamily.orgCreating a Family: The National Infertility & Adoption Education Nonprofit

This is an amazing authority site on infertility, adoption, and foster care. I like that it has so much information in all three areas. They are a non-profit that seeks to educate people in whatever direction they choose to pursue to create their family.
Pregnantish.comI like that this site is a combination of informative articles as well as individual stories and interviews. The unique thing about Pregnantish is their events they hold. I plan on checking out one of their events when I am visiting a city that is holding an event.

Books

It Starts with the Egg: How the Science of Egg Quality Can Help You Get Pregnant Naturally, Prevent Miscarriage, and Improve Your Odds in IVF by Rebecca Fett

This is one of the best resources out there about improving egg quality for improving odds for a healthy live birth.

You can read my full review of the book here.

Audiobook version

Printed version
Dirty Genes: A Breakthrough Program to Treat the Root Cause of Illness and Optimize Your Health by Dr. Ben Lynch

I recently had some genetic testing done and learned I have a MTHFR gene mutation, which relates to how to body processes folate and other vitamins essential during pregnancy. This book helped me learn about supplements and foods I can eat, specific to my gene mutation, that can help improve fertility odds.

Read my full review here.

Audiobook version

Printed version
Sperm Meets Egg Plan: Getting Pregnant Faster by Deanna Roy
Taking Charge of Your Fertility, 20th Anniversary Edition: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health by Toni Weschler

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

The main character in this novel struggles with infertility. It's a really good read and I enjoyed it.

Audiobook version

Printed version

To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey

This is Eowyn Ivey's second novel with different characters but the main character also deals with infertility issues. There are some really great life lessons in this book.

Read my full review here

Audiobook version

Printed version

Films / TV

Don’t Talk About the Baby (2018) Documentary

This is an excellent documentary that follows women who have experience miscarriage and infant loss. The main theme of the film is to let women know the importance of talking about these issues to fight the stigma of miscarriage and infant loss. By creating awareness we are creating more opportunities for research funding.

You can read my full review here.
Instant Family (2018)

This is such a cute movie, based on a true story of a couple that fosters three siblings at the same time. It's a tear-jerker and has a lot of funny parts too.

Read my full review here.

Making Babies (2019) Movie
One More Shot (2018) Documentary
Length: 1 hr 29 min
Available on iTunes and Vimeo On Demand

This was one of the first documentaries I watched about IVF and I learned a boatload of information about the process. Maya Grobel and Noah Moskin filmed their own infertility story including IVF and how they handled some incredibly difficult situations. Their ability to share their true emotions and be open about the process helped me to have reasonable expectations about IVF and be open to different ways to build a family including egg donation and embryo adoption.
Baby Makers: The Fertility Clinic (IVF Documentary) Baby Makers: The Fertility Clinic (IVF Documentary) (2017)
Length: 58 min
Available on YouTube
I think this is one of the best shows about the IVF process from beginning to end. If you are curious about all the behind-the-scenes aspects of IVF treatment at the clinic, you won’t be disappointed with this show.

Read my full review here.
Foster Foster (2019)
Documentary
Length: 1 hr 53 min
Available on HBO

This documentary is an incredibly moving and raw look at what it means to be going through the foster system. It was filmed in Los Angeles, California and looks at the challenges faced by the children in the system and foster care workers.
The Great Sperm Race (2009) Documentary
Director & Writer: Julian Jones
Length: 51 min
Air Date: March 23, 2009

Available on YouTube

This documentary had a really unique take on showing and describing the sperms journey to fertilize the egg. It used actors dressed in white to represent sperm and it showed them running around mountainous regions (similar to the uterus), to show a large-scale version of what the sperm goes through competing with each other to be the one sperm to make it out of 250 million sperm. I found it to be funny and informative in that I have a much greater appreciation for the miracle life truly is, because out of 250 million sperm, only one can fertilize and potentially lead to a live birth. This would be great to watch if you are experiencing Male Factor Infertility, or are just curious about how fertilization occurs.
Larry King Now
“Giuliana & Bill Rancic”

TV Show
Larry King Now “Giuliana & Bill Rancic”
Season 2, Episode 4
Air Date: July 18, 2013
Length 24 minutes
Available on Hulu

Giuliana and Bill Rancic talk about their infertility struggles. Bill explains how Giuliana’s infertility treatment process actually helped them discover that she had breast cancer. She survived cancer but no longer had the option of carrying her own child. They had an embryo frozen prior to her breast cancer treatment. She and Bill talk about finding a surrogate for their embryo that is genetically both of theirs and how they have a little baby now that they are raising.

Genetic Testing

23andMe Health + Ancestry Service: Personal Genetic DNA Test Including Health Predispositions, Carrier Status, Wellness, and Trait Reports

Supplements

Thorne Research Basic Prenatal - Folate Multivitamin - 90 Capsules
Thorne Research - 5-MTHF 5 mg Folate - Active Vitamin B9 Folate Supplement - 60 Capsules

I use this folate supplement as part of my treatment plan.

TTC Products

Clearblue Digital Pregnancy Test with Smart Countdown, 5 Pregnancy Tests

Digital tests are great for when you have a hard time reading the lines from regular pregnancy tests. It definitely takes the guess work out of it.
First Response Early Result Gold Digital Pregnancy Test -- by First Response

Here is another great digital pregnancy test that can show you results 6 days sooner than traditional pregnancy tests. It's my go-to early pregnancy test.
Clear Blue Fertility Monitor
Mira Fertility Tracking Monitor Kit, Includes 10 Ovulation Test Wands, Displays Actual LH Hormone Concentrations, FDA Certified

Miscarriage Jewelry | Infant Loss Jewelry

Baby Name Necklace – ROI - Dainty Feet Footprints Charm - Memorial Infant Loss Gift - 5/8 Inch Disc – Handstamped 14K Gold Filled Jewelry – Personalized Birthstone
Gold Angel Wing Necklace – ROI - Dainty Memorial Charm Gift - Delicate Loss Pearl - Handstamped Jewelry – Personalize Initial Crystal Color
Tiny Angel Wing Necklace - Dainty Silver or Gold Guardian Wing Necklace Minimalist Jewelry - Memorial, Miscarriage Infant Loss
Angel Baby Memorial Charm • Miscarriage Necklace • Tiny Winged Heart • Sterling Silver • Too Beautiful for Earth
''Always in My Heart'' Sentimental Quote Thin Brass Band Bangle Hook Mantra Bracelet Sympathy, Remembrance, Condolences, Thinking of You Jewelry Gifts (Silver Tone)

Clothing | Infertility Awareness | Remembrance

Mom of an Angel Shirt
Angel Mommy T-Shirt. Miscarriage Awareness Infant Loss Tee
October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month Hoodie
Heart Blue Pink Ribbon Pregnancy Infant Loss Awareness T-Shirt
Daddy Of An Angel T-Shirt National Pregnancy and Infant Loss
Grandma Of A Little Angel Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Long Sleeve T-Shirt

Nontoxic Beauty Products (less harmful for fertility compared to many beauty products)

Benecos Happy Nails - Nail Polish: Cherry Red

This was the first nontoxic nail color I tried and I loved it. Nice red color and it went on really well. Check out my review on YouTube here.
Honeybee Gardens Watercolors Nail Enamel Fairy Dust | Non Toxic | Water-Based | Earth Friendly
Piggy Paint 100% Non-toxic Nail Polish - Low Odor - Brand Spankin Blue
Revlon Extra Life Top Coat, 0.5 Ounce

This topcoat went on just like a regular topcoat, but has the benefit of being nontoxic. Check out my review on YouTube.
Karma Organic Nail Polish Remover Unscented - 4 fl. Oz.

Typical nail polish removers are some of the most toxic beauty products out there, so this nontoxic nail polish remover I highly recommend using to replace your old one.

See me try this nail polish remover for the first time in my YouTube review here.