Path To Fertility Blogger Lisa Rosenthal  

Lisa Rosenthal has over twenty-five years of experience in the fertility field, including her current roles as Coordinator of Professional and Patient Communications for RMACT and teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a class designed to support, comfort and enhance men and women's sense of self. Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association, where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director

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Growing Hope in a Fertility Garden - Open Your Heart and Mind


Lessons in a Fertility Garden

fertility garden and infertility hopeThe word fertility has such a sweet sound to it. When I think about the word, it conjures up growth; soil freshly tilled, turned, weeded, ready to be seeded and planted.


A few summers ago, I worked with a group of my friends on a piece of land lent to us by an elderly farmer, instead of joining a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), which is a way of getting fresh produce each week from a farm.


Photo: Flickr Creative Commons (Southern Foodways Alliance)


You make a commitment in the beginning of the season, pay a certain fee up front and then get a weekly amount of veggies/fruit/herbs; whatever is ripe that week. That summer I got the privilege of working on the farm itself.


This was not a twenty foot square garden. I am talking about a 5 acre farm (tiny for a farm, but rather large for a garden). To give you an idea of mass, a twenty foot garden is 400 square feet.  Put into perspective, one acre is 43,560 square feet; our "garden" was five times that size.


The idea behind the work was to grow enough vegetables for the families that were involved and for the different churches, homeless shelters, temples, etc. that help people in need. This part of the project particularly touched my heart as I heard about more and more people struggling in our economy.


So I spent 6 hours a week rolling around in the dirt and mud. We did everything by hand and used no pesticides. Weeded and mulched; back breaking work. Lots of fun too.  An excuse to get down and dirty, easier to get dirty and get the work done. By down and dirty, I do mean, down. On my knees, because it saved the back, crawling around in the rich, deep, fertile soil.


What a miracle the planting was. These tiny little seeds that you could barely see in your hands. I admit, that for me, seeing is believing. Believing those tiny little seeds would grow, not only into a plant, but into food, was a true leap of faith for me. I know that this is how things grow; I have a garden at home and grow plants and flowers. It is still always a miracle that something that looks like a poppy seed grows into food and nourishment.

A Leap of Faith to Create A Baby

This is just what you are doing in trying to create a baby. Preparing your body, heart and mind to be as receptive as you can possibly be. That's also what you do when you take that leap of faith. Faith in yourself, faith in your partner, faith in your doctor and practice.


I know that you are doing everything you can to create a healthy, happy, calm place for a seed to grow. While you're at it, let hope grow along with that seed. Let the hope grow just as straight and true and strong.


And please do let us know how to help. It's what we're here for.


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This article came at the right time for me. This weekend my best friend found out her second IVF cycle was a success. This is such bittersweet news for me. I cannot help think about what is wrong with me. Reading your blog gave me hope again. Thank you...
Posted @ Monday, January 11, 2010 7:47 PM by Laura
Hi Laura, 
It's an honor to have been of some comfort and hope.  
Thanks for letting me know, 
Posted @ Monday, January 11, 2010 7:56 PM by Lisa Rosenthal
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Hi B, 
What a lovely thing to say. I'm glad that you enjoyed it, it's certainly the reason that I write these blogs. For your enjoyment, education and to help support you. 
Thanks for writing in, 
Posted @ Friday, October 04, 2013 2:09 AM by Lisa Rosenthal
Hi Aussie, 
How nice of you to write and share that you liked this blog. I hope that you liked reading it half as much as I enjoyed writing it.  
We never know what or how what we plant will take hold. In gardens, in our thoughts and in our hearts. 
We do know that there is always growth possible though, don't we? 
Warm regards,  
Posted @ Friday, October 04, 2013 2:12 AM by Lisa Rosenthal
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