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Jamie Bendorf’s bio
Jamie Bendorf is a relationship infertility coach. She helps married couples dealing with infertility to wade through the disappointments of infertility so that they can enjoy the process of creating a family.
Jamie Bendorf’s infertility journey
Jamie was young when she got married at only 20 years old. She and her husband planned with her to not have children immediately after marriage so that they enjoy one another. Later they agreed to have a baby, and she stopped using contraceptives.
However, after quitting birth control, she was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (POS), which causes infertility. It took them four years to have their first child. To hear more, go to [01:57]
How infertility affected her
At [04:57], she shares how infertility affected her; infertility made her feel unwanted and frustrated. Additionally, she became overly emotional, developed bitterness, and resented life. Moreover, repetitive negative pregnancy tests were incredibly disheartening. To listen more, go to [04:57].
Her experience after getting pregnant with her first child
When Jamie got pregnant with her first child, she feared losing the child. This is because statistics indicated that the chances of keeping a pregnancy when suffering from (POS) were minimal.
In addition, she feared for the health of the child. To hear more, tune in at [05:43].
The doubts that infertility puts on you
Infertility brought a lot of doubts into Jamie’s life. She questioned everything she did, including her purpose in life.
However, she was able to heal in her marriage and had two beautiful children. Notably, she uses that journey through infertility as a source of strength to help others. To listen more, go to [07:33]
How she incorporates what she learned from infertility into her business
Just like in her journey through infertility, Jamie experiences fears and doubts when making decisions in business. However, just like she did everything possible to have a baby, she incorporates the same determination to succeed in business.
Additionally, she can now tackle life situations differently and use the skills she developed from her journey. To hear more, go to[11:02]
How Jamie started her business
After graduating from massage school, she worked in a massage clinic for four years. She became passionate about her job and developed a desire to take a bigger role and become her own boss.
She soon quit her job and started her own business as a massage therapist. After working as a massage therapist for 16 years, she retired.
She went back to school and got a natural health consulting diploma. Later she joined a fertility school and became a relationship infertility coach. To listen more, tune in at [15:54].
The financial burden of infertility
At [22:30], Jamie shares the financial burden of infertility. The numerous tests, scans, and ultrasounds conducted are expensive. In addition to that, most health insurances do not cover the expenses and they had to spend a lot of out-of-pocket cash.
The physical and emotional burden of infertility
The physical pain of getting multiple shots in a day are painful for most women. Moreover, the hormones injected into the body cause emotional instability.
Due to these factors, most couples that go through infertility experience higher chances of divorce so it’s incredibly important to make sure that a firm foundation is in place in the relationship before starting the IVF process. To hear more, go to [23:54].
Jamie Bendorf’s advice to women going through infertility
Jamie advises women going through infertility to join communities & groups. However, she discourages such women from joining Facebook community groups because the ads that pop up when searching such groups about infertility are toxic to the mental health of women experiencing infertility.
She shares about a new community that she’s created off of the social media platform to support women going through their infertility journey. To listen more, tune in at [30:58].
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