I’m Donna Barnekow, founder of The Conceiving Mind, a support program for women experiencing the stress of infertility and IVF.
I am a Midwife, a Registered Nurse and mother of two beautiful children conceived by IVF after seven years of infertility.
Many people wonder how I was able to keep going for so many years, cycle after cycle, while working as a Midwife and spending so much time around pregnant women and babies. My journey was never easy and often heartbreaking, but I learnt a set of practical strategies and skills that helped me to get through the toughest times.
Now I teach these practical strategies to women to help them prepare mentally, emotionally and physically for the challenges of infertility and IVF, as well as enduring the intense two week wait and the nerve-racking first trimester of pregnancy.
I can help bring more balance to your daily life. I can help you prepare your mind for the challenges that lie ahead.
I offer two approaches to help you prepare for your path toward parenthood:
A Face-to-Face Mind-Body Program
run with a small, supportive group of women and specifically tailored for those of you going through IVF.
The ‘Mind-Body Health at Home’ Package
you can use the Package during a natural or assisted cycle in the privacy of your own home.
The Conceiving Mind Program
A program that teaches you practical tips, skills, techniques and other mind-body strategies to help you stay calm during the prolonged stress of infertility and IVF. Read more