Dr. Anna's story:
Ten years living with infertility and I still struggle. I struggle to make sense of why me, why has my body betrayed me, and how do I make sense of what this means for me as a Latina.
For most people, having a baby is easy. Wham, bam, thank you ma’am and done - pregnant; but not for my husband and I. Infertility reared its nasty head and held us captive in its grips for three years. Three long years of tears, blame, disappointment, and guilt. I wish, during this time, that I had someone to talk to, someone who really got it to share these feelings with and find ways to cope without losing myself in the process.
I've been isolated for so long in this experience of living with infertility, that I am doing something to change that. I've created this forum to be a safe place with expert curated materials and resources aimed at providing you with emotional support, hope, and community. This is your place to learn, grow, and shed those tears as you walk on your family-building journey with someone who truly gets it.
I am a Latina, mother of twins conceived through IVF. I have a doctorate degree in counseling and teach at Nyack College in New York City. I am a small business owner of Charlandra Counseling Services, and practicing mental health counselor specializing in women's issues and infertility. I grew up in Chicago and now live in New Jersey. I enjoy dancing, going to the beach, and listening to music.
Find Hope in Infertility with our online support group
~OPEN ENROLLMENT~ - Charlandra's "Thriving with Infertility" online support group.
This RESOLVE professionally-led online support group for people in the midst of their infertility journey. This support group will provide emotional support and expert curated materials designed to validate your experiences, and empower you to a place of informed decision-making. Most importantly, it will provide community with others who share in your infertility experience.
The group will run for 6 weeks at a time.
Session One: Connecting through infertility: Introductions
Session Two: Building community
Session Three: Emotions and Thoughts
Session Four: Emotions and Thoughts further explored
Session Five: Useful coping strategies
Session Six: Saying goodbye for now
The group is open to you and your partner.
The introductory fee per session is $25.
To enroll for the group, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Psychosocial Evaluation for Egg or Sperm Donor Recipients
Psychotherapy to help you navigate the emotional rollercoaster of infertility
Online support group to provide community and information
Public speaking and Workshops