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Managing Your Fertility

Managing Your Fertility

By Bridget Busacker
Have you ever wondered if it's possible to live in sync with your cycle? Do you struggle with a negative mindset around your period? Are you wondering if it's possible to be feminist and anti-birth control?

We're going to explore these questions and so much more in the Managing Your Fertility podcast because this is about helping YOU live a whole and full life. I'm your host and guide, Bridget Busacker, joining you in the journey of exploration related to women's health care, feminism, and fertility awareness.

Are you ready?? Let's get started!

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34 - Emily Frase: When You Don't Feel Bad about Pre-Marital Sex
What does the Catholic Church teach about pre-marital sex? What do the stats say about pre-marital sex? How do those hormones work? Okay, we get it... but we still want to have sex! So, let's talk about it. Bridget sits down with Emily to talk about a struggle that's more commonly heard than not in their work and they want to talk about it. Bridget and Emily talk honestly and build the foundation for what the Catholic Church teaches, what the science says, how our bodies work, and some suggestions about what to do when you're having pre-marital sex and don't feel like you can say "no" or you don't want to say "no" and you're torn! Shownotes:  Consent is not enough. We need a new sexual ethic.: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/03/17/sex-ethics-rethinking-consent-culture/ Pew Research - Marital status: https://www.pewresearch.org/religion/religious-landscape-study/marital-status/ Too Risky to Wed in Your 20s? Not if You Avoid Cohabiting First: https://www.wsj.com/articles/too-risky-to-wed-in-your-20s-not-if-you-avoid-cohabiting-first-11644037261#:~:text=But%20a%20growing%20body%20of,more%20likely%20to%20get%20divorced Is Cohabitation Still Linked to Greater Odds of Divorce?: https://ifstudies.org/blog/is-cohabitation-still-linked-to-greater-odds-of-divorce Pew Research Center - Marriage and Cohabitation in the U.S.: https://www.pewresearch.org/social-trends/2019/11/06/marriage-and-cohabitation-in-the-u-s/  CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH: https://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0015/_INDEX.HTM  Interviewee bio: Emily Frase (rhymes w/ crazy) is a south Louisiana native living in northern Virginia with her husband and three cherubs. After receiving her bachelor's degree in architecture, she went on to work in the nonprofit world in D.C. for five years. To her delight, her background in creative problem solving and working with politicians prepared her perfectly for her current full-time job managing toddler tantrums. She founded the Total W(h)ine Blog in 2018, where she shares her passion for living all aspects of the Catholic Faith in a joyful and honest way, especially marriage, motherhood, NFP, and fertility awareness. She is the co-founder and president of the nonprofit organization, FAbM Base.
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September 28, 2022
33 - Brandy Norton: How to Have Good Catholic Sex
Have you ever wondered if it's okay to have great sex? Do you worry about Googling your questions only to come up with something you wish you could unsee? Are you wondering how the heck to have conversations about sex when it seems like it's taboo in Catholic circles? Let's kick off season 3 by talking about sex, baby! Bridget sits down with Brandy Norton, founder of Good Catholic Sex, a resource for Catholic men and women who have questions they need answered about sex & intimacy, to get real about sex, intimacy, and the nitty gritty details. Sex isn't dirty. We're here to have a respectful, thoughtful, and honest conversation about the common questions and fears that come up for engaged, newly married, and married longer and wondering if sex should work by now folks. If you fit somewhere in that spectrum, you're in great company! This content is not appropriate for little ears, as it is explicit about aspects of sex (i.e. clarification of oral stimulation vs. oral sex). Shownotes:  Good Catholic Sex: https://www.goodcatholicsex.com/ Finding Your Blue Flame: https://www.amazon.com/Your-Blue-Flame-Guilt-Makes/dp/031034977X Holy Sex!: A Catholic Guide to Toe-Curling, Mind-Blowing, Infallible Loving: https://www.amazon.com/Holy-Sex-Toe-Curling-Mind-Blowing-Infallible/dp/0824524713/ref=sr_1_1?crid=UZUH25E0UWP9&keywords=holy+sex&qid=1662496630&s=books&sprefix=hol%2Cstripbooks%2C334&sr=1-1 Love & Responsibility: https://www.amazon.com/Love-Responsibility-Karol-Wojtyla/dp/0898704456 Good News About Sex & Marriage (Revised Edition): Answers to Your Honest Questions about Catholic Teaching: https://www.amazon.com/Good-News-About-Marriage-Revised/dp/0867166193 Interviewee Bio: Brandy Norton is a wife, a mom, and dangerously confident. She lives in Louisville, KY with her husband of 6 years and their two toddlers. She has a Master's in Theology and professional experience in corporate, church ministry, and non-profit roles. She launched www.goodcatholicsex.com in 2021 and started pursuing a life as a stand up comic.
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September 07, 2022
32 - Bridget Busacker: Start Your Chart™ Course - Answering Your Questions!
I'm hopping on the podcast to share more about Start Your Chart™, how it started, and what you can expect out of this course! The course is LIVE, so don't hesitate to sign-up! Start Your Chart™ is all about helping you start charting! I provide you with practical tools and resources, so that you can start charing your cycle. Ultimately, this is about you growing in confidence and clarity with your health! In this course, I will walk you through a cycle overview, the methods available, effectiveness rates, costs, and help you decide on and pick a method, instructor-client relationship dynamics, so you can work with your DREAM instructor, conversation starters with your doctor about fertility awareness, and bonus materials for you! I hope you'll join me! This course is intended to get you to start charting in ONE hour. For the cost of a nice dinner out with a friend or your spouse, you can gain fertility freedom! Are you ready?? Let's get you signed up!
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August 17, 2022
31 - Damon Owens: What, How, Why: Theology of the Body Lived Out
What is Theology of the Body (TOB)? How do we live TOB out in marriages? Can TOB help us grow in joy in our marriages?   The season finale is here and WHAT a finale it is! I had the pleasure of sitting down with Damon Owens to talk to him about Theology of the Body, specifically in the context of our own personhood and how it relates to marriage & NFP. Don't miss this amazing episode! Shownotes: JoyTOB: https://joytob.org/ Joyful Ever After: Epic Intimacy Challenge: https://www.joyfuleverafter.org/epic-intimacy-challenge Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/damon.c.owens/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/damonowens YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/DamonOwens Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/damonowensofficial Interviewee bio: Damon Owens, international speaker and evangelist, is executive director of Joyful Ever After (joyfuleverafter.org). The first executive director of the Theology of the Body Institute and chairman of the 2016 International Theology of the Body Congress, Damon founded Joyful Ever After as a non-profit ministry dedicated to encouraging and educating couples to understand and live marriage and family life together with joy through St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. Host of the 2020 Catholic Marriage Summit, presenter at the 2019 Catholic Family Life Symposium, 2017 USCCB Convocation of Catholic Leaders, and 2015 World Meeting of Families, Damon keeps a full international speaking schedule at conferences, seminars, universities, high schools, seminaries, and parishes on the good news of marriage, sexuality, Theology of the Body, Theology of the Family, adoption, and NFP. In 2018, Pope Francis honored Damon with his Benemerenti Papal Medal in recognition for his work in support of marriage and family. Damon lives outside Philadelphia with his wife Melanie and their eight children.
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June 08, 2022
30 - Lauren Vitale: Whole Mission Marquette Method (Method Conversation Series)
Welcome to the final episode of the Method Conversation series! You'll hear from trained instructors who represent a variety of organizations that provide scientifically-proven, methodologically-sound, and Catholic Church-approved fertility awareness based method (FABM) instruction that are well-respected in the fertility awareness and medical community. Remember, don't work with an instructor who creates their own rules & methods! Work with trained experts. In this episode, Bridget sits down with Lauren Vitale, a trained Marquette Instructor and co-founder of Whole Mission. Lauren shares the history of the Marquette Method, how it works, effectiveness rates what it looks like to work with an instructor, how to find an instructor, and important aspects to consider before picking a method and instructor. Don't miss this series and this helpful conversation! Shownotes: Marquette Method: https://www.marquette.edu/nursing/natural-family-planning-model.php Whole Mission: https://www.mmnfp.com/ Whole Mission Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wholemission Whole Mission Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whole.mission/ Whole Mission YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQBbGePhY_xFiCuFGg19sVg Interviewee bio: Lauren is a registered nurse and Marquette Method natural family planning instructor. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Madonna University in 2009, practiced as a pediatric nurse until 2015, and has been teaching couples the highs, lows, and peaks of the Marquette Method since 2017. Lauren and her husband, Giovanni, co-founded Whole Mission, an online natural family planning education service. Lauren continues to provide fertility education to couples and women around the world, all while she follows her true calling of raising five fantastically-unique children to (hopefully) become saints.
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May 31, 2022
29 - Kristina Poce: Femme Fertility (Method Conversation Series)
Welcome to the next episode of the Method Conversation series! You'll hear from trained instructors who represent a variety of organizations that provide scientifically-proven, methodologically-sound, and Catholic Church-approved fertility awareness based method (FABM) instruction that are well-respected in the fertility awareness and medical community. Remember, don't work with an instructor who creates their own rules & methods! Work with trained experts. In this episode, Bridget sits down with Kristina Poce, a trained Marquette Instructor and founder of Femme Fertility. Kristina shares the history of the Marquette Method, how it works, effectiveness rates what it looks like to work with an instructor, how to find an instructor, and important aspects to consider before picking a method and instructor. Don't miss this series and this helpful conversation! Shownotes: Marquette Method: https://www.marquette.edu/nursing/natural-family-planning-model.php Comprehensive list of Marquette Instructors: marquettemethod.com Femme Fertility: https://www.femmefertilitynfp.com/ Use code MYF10 to receive 10% off any course offering at Femme Fertility (until August 31, 2022). Femme Fertility Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/femme_fertility/ Femme Fertility Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/femmefertility *Please note: Dr. Fehring has retired since the recording of this podcast episode and Dr. Schneider now runs the research team.  Interviewee bio: Kristina Poce is the Founder of Femme Fertility. She is a registered nurse, mom, and wife. She feels strongly that body literacy is every woman’s right. Kristina wants women, men, and couples to make informed decisions about their health, to know how destructive hormonal contraceptives can be, and feel empowered by the use of a healthy and effective alternative that gives women bodily autonomy and insight into their overall health. She loves chocolate chip cookies, red wine, memoirs, and all things wholesome goodness.
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May 17, 2022
28 - Mairead Suthoff: FEMM Health (Method Conversation Series)
Welcome to the next episode of the Method Conversation series! You'll hear from trained instructors who represent a variety of organizations that provide scientifically-proven, methodologically-sound, and Catholic Church-approved fertility awareness based method (FABM) instruction that are well-respected in the fertility awareness and medical community. Remember, don't work with an instructor who creates their own rules & methods! Work with trained experts. In this episode, Bridget sits down with Mairead Suthoff, a FEMM Instructor and founder of Lumina Health Services. Mairead shares the history of FEMM Health, how it works, effectiveness rates what it looks like to work with an instructor, how to find an instructor, and important aspects to consider before picking a method and instructor. Don't miss this series and this helpful conversation! Shownotes: FEMM Health: https://femmhealth.org/ Lumina Health Services: https://www.luminahealthservices.com/ Lumina Health Services Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/luminahealthservices/ Lumina Health Services Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/luminahealthservices/?eid=ARDxFI6lAisLCKYlOxB8eJsw71Y4GaGvlHGvHhS8PR05Orf2TFn7aU8ode1hGxIIt675KoQn839NXy-t Interviewee bio: Mairead Suthoff is a certified athletic trainer and a certified FEMM instructor. She thrives in inspiring women to chart their cycles. Her business, Lumina Health Services, teaches women how to chart for health, body literacy, cycle syncing, and family planning. Her background in sports medicine makes her particularly passionate about helping active women achieve cycle health and sync their workouts to the phases of their cycle.
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May 17, 2022
27 - Mikayla Dalton: Boston Cross Check Method (Method Conversation Series)
Welcome to the next episode of the Method Conversation series! You'll hear from trained instructors who represent a variety of organizations that provide scientifically-proven, methodologically-sound, and Catholic Church-approved fertility awareness based method (FABM) instruction that are well-respected in the fertility awareness and medical community. Remember, don't work with an instructor who creates their own rules & methods! Work with trained experts. In this episode, Bridget sits down with Mikayla Dalton, a Boston Cross Check Method Instructor. Mikayla shares the history of Boston Cross Check, how it works, effectiveness rates what it looks like to work with an instructor, how to find an instructor, and important aspects to consider before picking a method and instructor. Don't miss this series and this helpful conversation! Shownotes: Boston Cross Check Method: https://www.bostoncrosscheck.com/  Boston Cross Check Method Instructor List: https://www.bostoncrosscheck.com/ https://www.bostoncatholic.org/sites/g/files/zjfyce871/files/2021-04/NFP%20Instructor%20list%202021.pdf Humanae Vitae - https://www.vatican.va/content/paul-vi/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_p-vi_enc_25071968_humanae-vitae.html Interviewee bio: Mikayla Dalton is a femtech geek, fertility awareness based method educator since 2011 and childbirth educator since 2019. Her husband once told her that she looks like the Borg Queen with all her charting wearables on. Resistance, she said, is futile. She’s an Australian cradle-turned-revert Catholic and a lay Dominican living in the USA.
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May 03, 2022
26 - Bonus Episode: Dr. Marguerite Duane - Reproductive Justice & Informed Consent
Bridget sits down with Dr. Marguerite Duane, a board certified family physician and co-founder and Executive Director of FACTS. She is trained as a Creighton, FEMM and NeoFertility Medical consultant, as well as a TeenSTAR educator. Dr. Duane recently completed a research fellowship in women’s health at the University of Utah and also serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor at Georgetown University. Dr. Duane and Bridget discuss the challenges in the medical field with lack of education and awareness for women's bodies, how this impacts women's experiences with providers, what the research shows us about the benefits of tracking cycles and the importance of informed consent, the importance of reproductive justice, and the need for access to information in order to achieve informed consent. This conversation is not religiously affiliated or specific to a certain "type" of woman. This episode is for EVERY WOMAN! Don't miss it! Shownotes: Website: www.FACTSaboutFertility.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/factsaboutfertility/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fertilityfacts/?hl=en Twitter: https://twitter.com/FACTS_Fertility?lang=en LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/fertility-appreciation-collaborative-to-teach-the-science-facts/ Physician Clinician Directory: https://www.factsaboutfertility.org/physician-clinician-educator-directory/ FACTS Webinars: https://www.factsaboutfertility.org/learn-more/webinars/ FACTS Conferences: https://www.factsaboutfertility.org/2022-conference/ What is Charting?: https://www.factsaboutfertility.org/what-is-charting/ Donate $25 or more to receive a "Share the FACTS" folder to provide to your doctor: https://fmec.networkforgood.com/projects/102059-facts-2020-giving-page (indicate you are donating for a "share the FACTS" folder)  Interviewee Bio:  Dr. Marguerite Duane, a board certified family physician and co-founder and Executive Director of FACTS. This organization is dedicated to educating healthcare professionals and students about scientifically valid natural or fertility awareness based methods (FABMs). She is trained as a Creighton, FEMM and NeoFertility Medical consultant, as well as a TeenSTAR educator. Dr. Duane recently completed a research fellowship in women’s health at the University of Utah and also serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor at Georgetown University, and sees via house calls through her direct primary care practice. Dr. Duane balances her career as a teacher and Family Physician, with her role as a mother and wife. She is married to a fellow family physician, Dr. Kenneth Lin, and they are the parents of 4 young children. 
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April 27, 2022
25 - Hanna & Paul Caruso: Serena Canada (Method Conversation Series)
Welcome to the next episode of the Method Conversation series! You'll hear from trained instructors who represent a variety of organizations that provide scientifically-proven, methodologically-sound, and Catholic Church-approved fertility awareness based method (FABM) instruction that are well-respected in the fertility awareness and medical community. Remember, don't work with an instructor who creates their own rules & methods! Work with trained experts. In this episode, Bridget sits down with Hanna & Paul Caruso, Serena Canada Instructors. Hanna & Paul share the history of Serena, how it works, effectiveness rates what it looks like to work with an instructor, how to find an instructor, and important aspects to consider before picking a method and instructor. Don't miss this series and this helpful conversation! Shownotes: Serena Canada: https://serena.ca/ Contact: https://serena.ca/contact/ Interviewees' Bios: Hanna and Paul have been teaching the Symptothermal method as volunteers with Serena since 2018. They met in physics class at university and were married in 2015. They have used the Symptothermal method to achieve and avoid pregnancy, and while navigating a PCOS diagnosis and fertility challenges. They have found natural family planning empowering and helpful every step of the way. They now have a beautiful 1-year-old son. They enjoy working and volunteering with Serena in various capacities on the national, provincial, and local team level.
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April 27, 2022
24 - Ellen Holloway: SymptoPro Fertility Education (Method Conversation Series)
Welcome to the next episode of the Method Conversation series! You'll hear from trained instructors who represent a variety of organizations that provide scientifically-proven, methodologically-sound, and Catholic Church-approved fertility awareness based method (FABM) instruction that are well-respected in the fertility awareness and medical community. Remember, don't work with an instructor who creates their own rules & methods! Work with trained experts. In this episode, Bridget sits down with Ellen Holloway, a SymptoPro Fertility Education Instructor (and host of the Charting Toward Intimacy podcast!). Ellen shares the history of SymptoPro, how it works, effectiveness rates what it looks like to work with an instructor, how to find an instructor, and important aspects to consider before picking a method and instructor. Don't miss this series and this helpful conversation! Shownotes:  SymptoPro Fertility Education: https://symptopro.org/ Charting Toward Intimacy: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/charting-toward-intimacy-expanding-the-natural-family/id1523878491 Ellen's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chartingtowardintimacy/?hl=en Ellen's Coaching: https://linktr.ee/chartingtowardintimacy Interviewee Bio: Ellen is an NFP advocate located in the Bay Area of California. She hosts a podcast called Charting Toward Intimacy that expands the Natural Family Planning conversation from a Catholic Perspective. Ellen also speaks on Natural Family Planning and Fertility Awareness at diocesan and parish events as well as marriage preparation conferences. Additionally, Ellen and her husband Kurt teach Natural Family Planning through SymptoPro.
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April 20, 2022
23 - Mariana Lopez: Couple to Couple League (Method Conversations Series)
Welcome to the second episode of the Method Conversation series! You'll hear from trained instructors who represent a variety of organizations that provide scientifically-proven, methodologically-sound, and Catholic Church-approved fertility awareness based method (FABM) instruction that are well-respected in the fertility awareness and medical community. Remember, don't work with an instructor who creates their own rules & methods! Work with trained experts. In this episode, Bridget sits down with Mariana Lopez, a Couple to Couple League Instructor. Mariana shares the history of CCL, how it works, effectiveness rates what it looks like to work with an instructor, how to find an instructor, and important aspects to consider before picking a method and instructor. Don't miss this series and this helpful conversation! Shownotes:  Couple to Couple League: https://ccli.org/ Interviewee Bio: Mariana Lopez and her husband are a certified Natural Family Teaching Couple with the Couple to Couple League. They live in the Bay area, with their four young children, and love to share how NFP, though not without challenges, has touched their marriage and brought them closer to God.
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April 13, 2022
22 - Heather Turner: Billings Ovulation Method (Method Conversation Series)
Welcome to the second episode of the Method Conversation series! You'll hear from trained instructors who represent a variety of organizations that provide scientifically-proven, methodologically-sound, and Catholic Church-approved fertility awareness based method (FABM) instruction that are well-respected in the fertility awareness and medical community. Remember, don't work with an instructor who creates their own rules & methods! Work with trained experts. In this episode, Bridget sits down with Heather Turner, a Billings Ovulation Method Instructor. Heather shares the history of Billings, how it works, effectiveness rates what it looks like to work with an instructor, how to find an instructor, and important aspects to consider before picking a method and instructor. Don't miss this series and this helpful conversation! Shownotes:   Billings Ovulation Method: https://billings.life/en/ Billings Instructor List (for US residents): https://www.boma-usa.org/find-a-boma-usa-teacher.html WOOMB (international Billings Organization): https://woombinternational.org/ Heather Turner's Website: https://www.planninglifesbumps.com/ Heather's Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/PlanningLifesBumps    Heather will be offering an online Billings introduction class on April 23, 2022 at 9 a.m. CST. You can contact Heather here for more details & the sign-up link: https://www.planninglifesbumps.com/contact-me/ Interviewee Bio: Heather Turner teaches Billings online to women all over the U.S. She has learned 5 NFP methods already and loves to learn about different ways of understanding fertility and teaching it. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband and 3 kids and dreams about spring!
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April 05, 2022
21 - Melissa Buchan: ChartNeo (Method Conversation Series)
Welcome to the second episode of the Method Conversation series! You'll hear from trained instructors who represent a variety of organizations that provide scientifically-proven, methodologically-sound, and Catholic Church-approved fertility awareness based method (FABM) instruction that are well-respected in the fertility awareness and medical community. Remember, don't work with an instructor who creates their own rules & methods! Work with trained experts. In this episode, Bridget sits down with Melissa Buchan, an integrative health coach & NeoFertility Advisor, who has 15 years experience in the fertility awareness space working with women & couples. Melissa shares the history of ChartNeo, how it works, effectiveness rates what it looks like to work with an instructor, how to find an instructor, and important aspects to consider before picking a method and instructor. Don't miss this series and this helpful conversation! Shownotes:  ChartNeo: https://www.chartneo.com/ Melissa Buchan's Website: https://www.melissabuchan.com/  Melissa's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/virtusfertilitycare/  Melissa's Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/virtusfertilitycare/  Interviewee Bio: Melissa Buchan believes that a well-charted menstrual cycle is a powerful daily empowerment practice. Fifteen years in the Fertility Awareness arena, her passion for coaching and advocating for women and couples paved the path to her new program Chart Your Cycle, and online coaching platform empowering women around the world to know their bodies, confidently practice natural birth control, navigate infertility, and advocate for their own restorative reproductive healthcare. The first Neo Fertility Advisor in the United States and a Duke trained and Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach, Melissa uses a coaching framework to help women create a well-charted cycle that serves as a diagnostic tool to investigate the root cause of reproductive and hormonal imbalance issues. She helps her clients build a web of support with clinicians who take a restorative approach to women's healthcare and she partners with her clients to create a customized plan of action for meaningful lifestyle shifts that optimize health and wellbeing.
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March 29, 2022
20 - Melissa Tablada: Creighton Fertility Care (Method Conversation Series)
Welcome to the first episode of the Method Conversation series! You'll hear from trained instructors who represent a variety of organizations that provide scientifically-proven, methodologically-sound, and Catholic Church-approved fertility awareness based method (FABM) instruction that are well-respected in the fertility awareness and medical community. Remember, don't work with an instructor who creates their own rules & methods! Work with trained experts.  In this episode, Bridget sits down with Melissa Tablada, who is a trained Creighton Fertility Care Practitioner who teaches women and couples how to chart. She'll get into the history of the Creighton Model, how it works, effectiveness rates what it looks like to work with an instructor, how to find an instructor, and important aspects to consider before picking a method and instructor. Don't miss this series and this helpful conversation!  Shownotes:  Creighton Model: https://creightonmodel.com/ NaPro Technology: https://naprotechnology.com/ Melissa's Website: https://www.melissagracetablada.com/ Melissa's Instagram: https://instagram.com/melissagracetablada  Melissa's YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/melissatablada Melissa Tablada is now offering a bundled package of one year worth of Creighton Fertility Care Support PLUS six coaching sessions based on your season of life. For couples this will entail martial coaching & for single women the sessions will focus on life coaching. This new service provides the opportunity for clients to receive support in a more complete way, addressing the whole person rather than just one part. You'll have the chance to customize your sessions based on your personal and unique goals. Please email melissagracetablada@gmail.com for more information & to sign up! Interviewee Bio:  Melissa Tablada is a Catholic wife & mama living in Miami, Florida. She works as a Creighton Fertility Care Practitioner teaching women and couples to chart their cycles to achieve or avoid pregnancy, or manage their reproductive health. She is also a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, as well as a Life and Relationship Coach. Melissa is passionate about supporting women in becoming healthy and whole in mind, body and soul!
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March 22, 2022
19 - Alex DeRose: Joyful Motherhood (PT. 2)
Do you feel drained in your motherhood? Are you struggling with mom guilt weighing you down? Ever wondered if you lean into joy you might be participating in toxic positivity? Bridget sits down for part II of this series with Alex DeRose discussing the joy of motherhood and tangible, practical ways to create joy in your life and motherhood. We get into the nitty gritty: why so many women are leaning into fear instead of fearlessness in motherhood, how to embrace motherhood practically (whether single, engaged or married), and how embracing ourselves in wholeness actually helps us lean into our lives and leaning into real, authentic joy. Additional resources discussed: JoyMama Blog: https://www.joymamablog.com/ Follow Alex on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alexandriaderose/ Interviewee bio: Alex DeRose is a Family Nurse Practitioner & Fertility Care Practitioner turned SAHM homeschooling mom to four sons. She's passionate about empowering women with knowledge for fertility awareness, joyful encouragement and the dignity of motherhood.
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March 15, 2022
18 - Alex DeRose: Joy in Marriage & Sex (PT. 1)
How do you create a joyful marriage? Can that joy include the bedroom (ahem, or wherever you might find yourselves)? What mindset work do we need to do in order to give & receive love in marriage? Joyful marriages don't just happen. Today, Bridget is talking with Alex DeRose all about why joyful marriages matter and what it looks like to practically live it out. This episode is about authentic joy, sacrifical love, and how leaning into virtue, grace, and seeing the best in your spouse can have serious impact on your marriage and your sex life. Bridget and Alex get into the challenges of intimacy and how what takes place outside of the bedroom directly impacts connection and having great sex with your spouse. You don't want to miss it! This is part 1 of a two-part series centering around joyful marriages & motherhood. Shownotes: Joy Mama Blog: https://www.joymamablog.com/ The Best Marriage Advice: https://www.joymamablog.com/new-blog/2021/11/21/the-best-marriage-advice Laugh & Date Night Challenge: https://www.joymamablog.com/new-blog/2021/1/17/laugh-amp-date-night-challenge Husband Gratitude Challenge: https://www.joymamablog.com/new-blog/2021/1/17/husband-gratitude-challenge Choosing Joy in Marriage: https://www.joymamablog.com/new-blog/2020/6/2/choosing-joy-in-marriage Marriage Advice I Need to Take: https://www.joymamablog.com/new-blog/2018/10/15/best-marriage-advice Interviewee bio: Alex DeRose is a Creighton & nurse practitioner recently turned SAHM who is passionate about empowering women with knowledge for fertility awareness, joyful encouragement and the dignity of motherhood. You can find her at joymamablog.com and @alexandriaderose on social media.
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February 23, 2022
17 - Mary Bruno: Navigating Infertility with Fertility Awareness
Are you navigating infertility or have questions about how to know if you're infertile? Are you struggling to know what to say to a friend who is navigating infertility? Are you tired of being told birth control is the only option and you're worried it may impact your health long-term? Bridget sits down with Mary Bruno, founder of White Lotus Blooming, Creighton Practitioner, and co-founder & Executive Director of the non-profit, FAbM Base, to discuss a topic that often gets overlooked or met with awkward silence out of fear of saying something wrong: infertility. Mary shares her own story, including her late diagnosis of endometriosis and her even later diagnosis of adenomyosis. Mary's late diagnoses inspired her to improve fertility awareness and they discuss the approach of "one size fits all" in women's health care, the power of women charting their cycles to uncover medical conditions that require treatment & care, changes to women's health care around this diagnosis, what to say to a friend navigating infertility, and so much more! Additional resources discussed:  Fabmbase.org: https://fabmbase.org/resources/external-resources/#hfaq-post-711 White Lotus Blooming: https://marygbruno.wordpress.com/  “The Upside of Infertility” by Dr. Susan Caldwell: https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.drsusancaldwell.com/post/the-upside-of-infertility&sa=D&source=docs&ust=1644962408670374&usg=AOvVaw35TrozFcdzjNb9QPKfSh0m Facts About Fertility: https://www.factsaboutfertility.org/  Interviewee bio: Mary grew up right outside of New Orleans and married a Southern Louisiana boy in 2013. After 12 years of severely painful periods, she was finally diagnosed with endometriosis, followed by an adenomyosis diagnosis 7 years later. Now infertile, she and her husband have a beautiful adopted daughter who is now 5 years old, and they are waiting to adopt again. Mary's late diagnoses inspired her to improve fertility awareness and women's health education and access through speaking, writing, and social media. She is a Creighton Practitioner, founder of Taking Back the Terms, and co-founder & Executive Director of the new non-profit organization, FAbM Base.
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February 15, 2022
16 - Lauren Vitale: How to Make Sure You Don't Choose a Crazy Instructor
Have you ever wondered how an instructor is trained? Are you nervous about getting a psycho instructor who's secretly (or maybe, not-so-secretly) trying to make sure you have millions of babies? Do you wonder what a reporting structure looks like if you need to address unethical issues with your instructor? Oh, this episode is for you! I'm excited to be joined by Lauren Vitale, co-founder of Whole Mission, an online NFP education service, registered nurse, and Marquette Method instructor. We talk about the ethics of FA/NFP instructors, how an FA/NFP instructor is supposed to work, what are red flags to look out for in an instructor, hat to do if you think your instructor is behaving inappropriately, and how to break-up with an instructor if it's not a good fit. Lauren shares so much practical insight and gives great tips about how you can have a GREAT instructor relationship and find freedom in charting by avoiding the crazies and knowing what to look for when you're trying to find an instructor that works for you. Additional resources discussed: USCCB Standards for Instructors: https://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/marriage-and-family/natural-family-planning/diocesan-ministry/standards-full-text Marquette Method Instructor Organization: https://marquettemethodprofessionals.com/  Importance of Responsible Parenthood & Couples Ability to Discern: https://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/marriage-and-family/natural-family-planning/catholic-teaching/upload/Responsible-Parenthood.pdf Resource for Couples with Medically Complex Situations: https://www.ncbcenter.org/ Institute for Natural Family Planning Model: https://www.marquette.edu/nursing/natural-family-planning-model.php Whole Mission: https://www.mmnfp.com/ Interviewee bio:  Lauren is a registered nurse and Marquette Method Natural Family Planning instructor. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Madonna University in 2009, practiced as a pediatric nurse until 2015, and has been teaching couples the highs, lows, and peaks of the Marquette Method since 2017. Lauren and her husband, Giovanni, co-founded Whole Mission, an online Natural Family Planning education service. Lauren continues to provide fertility education to couples and women around the world, all while she follows her true calling of raising five fantastically-unique children to (hopefully) become saints.
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January 25, 2022
15 - Tim Lucchesi: Should Mothers & Fathers Have Specific Roles in Family Life?
Ever wondered if fatherhood & motherhood matter? Do you ever struggle with definitions of what a mother or father "should" be and get frustrated? How about those specific definitions that put dads in a box of long work hours and moms in a box of exhausting, never-ending laundry and messes? Today, Bridget is is talking with Tim Lucchesi, husband, father of three, and stay-at-home dad and founder of Love Worth Chasing. They get into a conversation about weak arguments, especially around fatherhood & motherhood, and how this can be detrimental to us living out our calling as individuals and in marriages. Tim breaks down what a specific versus universal definition is and argues that universal definitions offer a better framework and opportunity to live out our unique callings, too. This episode doesn't have all the answers, but it gets at the hard parts of this topic that often gets missed at those fun, large young adult gatherings (you know what we mean). Additional resources discussed: Love Worth Chasing: www.loveworthchasing.com Should a Wife Be Submissive to Her Husband?: https://loveworthchasing.com/2021/08/14/should-a-wife-be-submissive-to-her-husband/ Identity of Motherhood and Fatherhood: https://www.meandmyhouse.net/post/made-in-god-s-image-the-identity-of-a-stay-at-home-dad The Supreme Vocation of Women (According to St. John Paul II): https://www.sophiainstitute.com/products/item/the-supreme-vocation-of-women Three to Get Married by Ven. Fulton J. Sheen: https://www.ewtn.com/catholicism/library/three-to-get-married-11222 BONUS article - Awesome tips for a healthy sex life: https://loveworthchasing.com/2021/05/05/ten-awesome-tips-for-a-healthy-sex-life/ Interviewee bio: Tim is a husband, father of three, and an aspiring superhero. He loves cheesecake, although it doesn't always love him back. In 2017, after six year as a parish youth minister, Tim became a stay at home dad and developed the ministry Love Worth Chasing with his beautiful bride. Tim believes that most of the world's problems are caused by a failure to recognize the dignity of the self and the dignity of the other, and by not enough people wearing comfy pants. Follow Tim @loveworthchasing on Facebook and Instagram.
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December 21, 2021
14 - Dr. Amy Beckley: How to Detect Ovulation & Ovulation Quality at Home with PROOV
Have you ever wondered if you could get really specific about your hormones? Do you know how to specifically identify ovulation? Wondering if it's possible to capture your body's data from home? Today's guest is Dr. Amy Beckley, founder & CEO of PROOV, the first FDA cleared test to confirm ovulation and ovulation quality at home. Bridget and Amy sit down to discuss Amy's personal story and struggle with infertility, her desire to learn more about her body and figure out what the heck was going on with her cycle, and how she founded PROOV. They get into the specifics of what PROOV is, how it works, who it's for, and how you can access your own kit to begin testing at home. Amy's story and the growth of this incredible business is one you don't want to miss! Women's healthcare is changing and this interview shows us just what it looks like to have boots on the ground and making changes. Additional resources discussed: For 20% off your first purchase, use code MYF20 or click this affiliate link: https://proovtest.com/?wly=57893. Managing Your Fertility is proud to be an affiliate with this amazing company! USA Today interview: https://www.today.com/video/how-the-pandemic-is-impacting-family-planning-and-ivf-102026821986 Interviewee bio: Amy Beckley holds a PhD in Pharmacology with a focus in hormone signaling. Her personal battle with infertility led her to invent Proov, the first FDA cleared test to confirm ovulation and ovulation quality at home.@infertile_scientist; @proovtest
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December 14, 2021
13 - John Capistrant: Loving Your Spouse through NFP
How do you love your spouse during times of abstinence? What does chastity look like in marriage? How can husbands stay supportive when practicing NFP? Bridget talks to her friend, John Capistrant, about the joys and struggles of using Natural Family Planning (NFP) in marriage and how to love your spouse when NFP feels hard and challenging. They talk about what it looks like for husbands to love their wives, especially when NFP is an integral part of marriage, and how to be a supportive spouse when NFP requires abstinence. Additional resources discussed: Is NFP Just "Catholic Birth Control"?: https://www.spokenbride.com/blog/2020/10/26/is-nfp-just-catholic-birth-control https://totalwhine.com/2020/09/26/why-i-dont-refer-to-fertility-awareness-as-contraception/ Catechism of the Catholic Church #2337 Holy Sex!: A Catholic Guide to Toe-Curling, Mind-Blowing, Infallible Loving: https://www.amazon.com/Holy-Sex-Toe-Curling-Mind-Blowing-Infallible/dp/0824524713 Good News About Sex & Marriage (Revised Edition): Answers to Your Honest Questions about Catholic Teaching: https://www.amazon.com/Good-News-About-Marriage-Revised/dp/0867166193 Interviewee bio: John is a Catholic husband and father. He and his wife, Katelyn, celebrated their 5th wedding anniversary in July. John teaches middle school language arts and religion at Community of Saints Catholic School in West St. Paul, MN. John enjoys sports, doing escape rooms, watching classic films, making people laugh (especially his 1 year old son, Anthony), and playing strategic board games.
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November 09, 2021
12 - Dr. Sarah Bartel: How to Strengthen Your Marriage & Sex Life
Do you want to have a healthier marriage?  Are you wondering how you can incorporate intimacy into your marriage?  Does sex feel more like a chore, but you want it to be more enjoyable?  In this episode, Bridget sits down with Dr. Sarah Bartel, a moral theologian and mom of five, she and her husband of twenty years created the Cana Feast virtual marriage ministry to help bring the benefits of marriage retreats to more couples. She is passionate about helping women understand their bodies, specifically body literacy around reproductive health, and helping couples create healthy, holy marriages. Bridget and Sarah discuss what it looks like to cultivate a healthy marriage, why NFP is so helpful to women and couples, and why sex isn't the "dessert" of marriage, but an integral point of connection and intimacy together. Additional resources discussed:  Familiaris Consortio: https://www.vatican.va/content/john-paul-ii/en/apost_exhortations/documents/hf_jp-ii_exh_19811122_familiaris-consortio.html Holy Sex: A Catholic Guide to Toe-Curling, Mind-blowing, Infallible Love: https://www.amazon.com/Holy-Sex-Toe-Curling-Mind-Blowing-Infallible/dp/0824524713 Cana Feast Blog - Joy Filled Catholic Marriages: https://blog.canafeast.com/ FREE Communication Virtual Retreat: https://www.canafeast.com/communicationtips Couple's Prayer Guide: https://www.canafeast.com/pray Interviewee bio:  Sarah Bartel helps married Catholics grow closer to God and closer to their beloved at CanaFeast.com. A moral theologian and mom of five, she and her husband of twenty years created the Cana Feast virtual marriage ministry to help bring the benefits of marriage retreats to more couples. She co-edited A Catechism of Marriage and Family Life for CUA Press. She hikes, reads Jane Austen, and has adventures with her family in the Seattle area. You can find her on Instagram and Facebook @canafeast and @drsarahbartel.
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October 26, 2021
11 - Cami Berthiaume: Fertility Awareness in Everyday Life
What's it like to live out Fertility Awareness (FA) in everyday life?  How can Natural Family Planning (NFP) help your marriage?  What can we do to broaden the conversation around FA/NFP?  Bridget sits down with Cami Berthiaume, Digital Content Coordinator for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Fertility Awareness Advocate, to talk about what it's like to live out FA/NFP in everyday life. She shares more broadly about why FA/NFP is so valuable for women and how her own personal journey led her to become an advocate for holistic women's health. Cami also shares the realities of living out NFP in marriage and why couples need more support to thrive (not just survive) in this space. Interviewee bio:  Cami works as Digital Content Coordinator for the Archdiocese of St. Paul's Office of Communications, which encompasses her role as Producer for Practicing Catholic - a radio show collaboration between the Archdiocese and Relevant Radio 1330AM. Her love for authentic evangelization also led to the creation of her side business, Cookies by CJ: a custom cookie business catering to celebrations of the Sacraments, and all events in between! Cami married her high school sweetheart, Ryan, in the summer of 2019 and her love for women's health stems from her own deep dive into the world of NFP during their engagement. When she's not baking cookies, you can find her visiting new breweries around the Twin Cities, hosting game nights in her tiny apartment, and volunteering with the youth ministry and Confirmation programs at her parish (not simultaneously). You can follow Cami on Instagram @cj.berthiaume and @cookiesbycj1.
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June 15, 2021
10 - Christina Valenzuela: Starting Fertility Awareness Conversations Sooner
When should women learn about their cycles?  How can we start these conversations sooner and make it age appropriate?  Can cycle awareness help overall body positivity and health literacy?  Bridget chats with Christina Valenzuela, Fertility & Cycle Educator and Founder of Pearl & Thistle, to discuss age appropriate ways to talk to young girls about body positivity, periods, and cycles and the program she's put together for parents & daughters to attend together: Cycle Prep. In this conversation, they explore age appropriate ways to address cycles and sex, barriers to changing the narrative, and ways we can make impact in women's health care by starting education at younger ages. This episode is particularly helpful for parents of young girls, but it's not limited to moms and dads. Women who are interested in learning about how they can make waves in this space will love this episode, too!  Additional resources discussed:  Pearl & Thistle: https://www.pearlandthistle.com/ Cycle Prep: https://www.pearlandthistle.com/cycle-prep.html Interviewee bio:  Christina is first and foremost a wife, and mother of four children ages 11 to 2. She is also a fertility and cycle educator, trained in the Boston Cross Check method of Natural Family Planning since 2013. Through her business, Pearl and Thistle, she equips Catholic families and parishes with resources to learn, appreciate, and support one another in reading the language of the body. Christina holds an undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Theology from the University of Notre Dame, and a master's degree in theology from Harvard Divinity School. She is also a life-professed member of the Lay Fraternities of St. Dominic. 
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June 08, 2021
09 - Sarah Rooney: Period Positivity & Mindset Around Your Cycle
Are you wondering if it's possible to be at peace with your period? Do you struggle with body positivity?  Is it possible that a mindset shift could positively change your relationship with your body?  Bridget sits down with Sarah Rooney, wife, mom, and entrepreneur with a passion for helping women and families, specifically around fertility and reproductive health. Sarah is a FertilityCare Practitioner with a particular passion for women's health, focusing specifically on mindset and self image. She believes that working on our mindset can greatly impact how we see our bodies, love our bodies, and, ultimately, see our periods as our greatest superpower. Sarah also has a Peaceful Period Challenge taking place in June 2021 that you don't want to miss! Link to sign-up below. Additional resources discussed:  Peaceful Period Challenge: https://www.familywellnessinspired.com/challenge The Woman School: https://bit.ly/WS-January Seeing Red: The One Book Every Woman Needs to Read. Period.: https://www.amazon.com/Seeing-Red-Every-Woman-Period/dp/1982131950 The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycles & Optimize Your Fertility: https://www.amazon.com/Fifth-Vital-Sign-Optimize-Fertility/dp/1999428005/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=fifth+vital+sign&qid=1622572675&sr=8-2 Mairead Suthoff: Cycle Syncing to Maximize Your Workouts: https://anchor.fm/managingyourfertility/episodes/Mairead-Suthoff-Cycle-Syncing-to-Maximize-Your-Workouts-e10l0vl Megan Faller: How to Align Your Cycle with Your Schedule: https://anchor.fm/managingyourfertility/episodes/Megan-Faller-How-to-Align-Your-Cycle-with-Your-Schedule-eva0eq Interviewee bio:  Sarah Rooney is a wife, mother, and entrepreneur with a passion for helping women and families. With all of her own infertility and cycle issues, and her heart for authentic women's health, she has been helping hundreds of women and couples as a FertilityCare Practitioner and women’s health educator for over 10 years. Seeing how much our mindset and self image are key to our health and wholeness, Sarah has been also guiding women as a Woman School Strategist in their transformation to becoming who they are called to be, with the tools to live the best versions of themselves. You can find Sarah on Instagram @familywellnessinspired and on Clubhouse @sarahrooney.
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June 02, 2021
08 - Emily Frase: How to Talk About & Prepare for Sex When You're Engaged
Should you ramp up intimacy before marriage?  Is lube okay to use?  How do you combat purity culture when you've been raised with "sex is bad before marriage"... and now you're married and terrified?  Emily Frase is BACK! Bridget and Emily sit down to have an honest conversation about sex, commonly asked questions about the wedding night, and confusion about intimacy (thanks, purity culture). This episode is geared specifically towards engaged couples and addresses questions specific to those who are engaged and nervous about having sex, what it looks like to actually practice NFP in marriage, and how the heck to learn about sex when Dr. Google can be a freaky place to search.  Additional resources discussed: Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) #2237: https://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/marriage-and-family/natural-family-planning/catholic-teaching/upload/Chastity.pdf  Real Talk: Honeymoon Sex: https://totalwhine.com/2020/10/01/real-talk-honeymoon-sex/ Holy Sex!: A Catholic Guide to Toe-Curling, Mind-Blowing, Infallible Loving: https://www.amazon.com/Holy-Sex-Toe-Curling-Mind-Blowing-Infallible/dp/0824524713 Good News About Sex & Marriage (Revised Edition): Answers to Your Honest Questions about Catholic Teaching: https://www.amazon.com/Good-News-About-Marriage-Revised/dp/0867166193 Theology of the Body in One Hour: https://www.amazon.com/Theology-Body-Hour-Jason-Evert/dp/1944578846/ref=sr_1_7?dchild=1&keywords=theology+of+the+body&qid=1621359537&s=books&sr=1-7 Theology of the Body for Beginners: Rediscovering the Meaning of Life, Love, Sex, and Gender: https://www.amazon.com/Theology-Body-Beginners-Rediscovering-Meaning/dp/1635820073/ref=sr_1_4?dchild=1&keywords=theology+of+the+body&qid=1621359537&s=books&sr=1-4 Interviewee bio:  Emily Frase is a south Louisiana native living in northern Virginia with her husband and two toddlers. After receiving her bachelor's degree in architecture, she went on to work in the nonprofit world in DC for five years. She founded the blog totalwhine.com in 2018, where she shares her deep passion for living all aspects of the Catholic faith in a joyful and honest way, especially marriage, motherhood, NFP and fertility awareness. She is the co-founder and president of the nonprofit organization FAbM Base, a new fertility awareness database coming soon. She has been featured in FemCatholic, Theology of Home, Vigil Magazine, Letters to Women podcast, and The St. Philip Institute. 
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May 25, 2021
07 - Elizabeth Marcolini: Clean Beauty & Its Impact on Fertility
Is the movement towards clean beauty products a gimmick?  How do you start cleaning out your cabinet of personal care products?  Why does what we put on our bodies impact our fertility?  Bridget chats with Elizabeth Marcolini, Entrepreneur, NYT Best Selling Author, and Executive Director with Beautycounter, to talk about her personal journey to swapping out her products for cleaner alternatives and what motivated her to make the change. They share their own mishaps and struggles with switching to clean, apps they recommend for cleaning out your products, and practical tips for making changes that are budget-friendly. Elizabeth shares some of the reasons why she works with Beautycounter and what research ultimately made her decide to work with Beautycounter to make a difference in women's health care and personal care product journeys.  Additional resources discussed:  Beautycounter: https://www.beautycounter.com/ The Never List: https://www.beautycounter.com/the-never-list Environmental Working Group Skin Deep App: https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ Think Dirty, Shop Clean App: https://thinkdirtyapp.com/ Hermosa Study: https://cerch.berkeley.edu/research-programs/hermosa-study Toxic Chemicals Finding Their Way into the Womb (2010): http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/06/01/backpack.cord.blood/index.html Interviewee bio:  Elizabeth Marcolini is an Entrepreneur, NYT Best Selling Author, and Executive Director with Beautycounter. Elizabeth holds a Masters in Theological Studies from the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Dallas. She was also a John Jay Fellow, an Alliance Defending Freedom Areté (A-RAY-te) Fellow, and has spent many weeks in Africa doing educational mission work, with a specific focus on faith formation. Her greatest joy is being a wife to her husband, Matt!
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May 18, 2021
06 - Mairead Suthoff: Cycle Syncing to Maximize Your Workouts
Is it possible to sync your cycle to your workouts?  Can you maximize your workouts while honoring your body?  Do you hate your period and think it gets in the way of your workouts?  Bridget sits down with Mairead Suthoff, Certified Athletic Trainer & Certified FEMM Instructor, to talk about the specifics of cycle syncing, if it's real, how it works, and how women can use this information to have better workouts and overall health. Mairead offers coaching sessions and trainings to help women understand their cycles and maximize their workouts through her business, Lumina Health Services. Her work is incredible and so needed in this space! If you're wanting to avoid "pushing through" a workout and actually enjoy your daily exercise/movement activities, this is the episode for you!  Additional resources discussed:  Lumina Health Services: https://www.luminahealthservices.com/ Dr. Stacy Sims: https://www.drstacysims.com/ Ted Talk w/ Dr. Stacy Sims - Women Are Not Small Men: https://www.ted.com/talks/stacy_sims_women_are_not_small_men_a_paradigm_shift_in_the_science_of_nutrition How to Optimize Your Workouts to Your Menstrual Cycle: https://verilymag.com/2020/10/what-is-menstrual-cycle-syncing-workouts-tailored-20 WomanCode: Perfect Your Cycle, Amplify Your Fertility, Supercharge Your Sex Drive, and Become a Power Source: https://www.amazon.com/WomanCode-Perfect-Amplify-Fertility-Supercharge/dp/006213079X ROAR: How to Match Your Food and Fitness to Your Unique Female Physiology for Optimum Performance, Great Health, and a Strong, Lean Body for Life: https://www.amazon.com/ROAR-Fitness-Physiology-Optimum-Performance/dp/1623366860 Interviewee bio:  Mairead Suthoff is a certified athletic trainer and a certified FEMM instructor. She thrives in inspiring women to chart their cycles. Her business, Lumina Health Services, teaches women how to chart for health, body literacy, cycle syncing, and family planning. Her background in sports medicine makes her particularly passionate about helping active women achieve cycle health and sync their workouts to the phases of their cycle. 
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May 11, 2021
05 - Alex DeRose: Feminism & Birth Control
What does authentic, holistic women's health care look like?  How can we embrace our bodies as women - including our reproductive system?  Can we change conversations around birth control and feminism?  In this episode, Bridget sits down with Alex DeRose to talk about her experiences as a NaProTechnology-trained nurse practitioner and how her views of women's health were deeply impacted by the women she served in her nursing career. They talk about her research in her Master's program, the need for increased knowledge for women about their reproductive health, and being honest about the side effects and impact of hormonal birth control on women's overall health. This episode packs a punch and isn't meant to carry all the answers, rather it's a conversation to get you thinking, researching, and learning how you can be empowered by your health and recognize the power of knowing yourself - your body - to make waves in women's health care. Additional resources discussed: NaProTechnology: https://naprotechnology.com/ Subverted: How I Helped the Sexual Revolution Hijack the Women’s Movement: https://www.amazon.com/Subverted-Helped-Sexual-Revolution-Movement/dp/1586177966 On Not Using Contraception Postpartum: https://www.joymamablog.com/new-blog/2021/1/17/on-not-using-contraception-postpartum Knowledge is Power: How Learning about Fertility Empowered Me: https://www.joymamablog.com/new-blog/2020/7/21/knowledge-is-power-how-learning-about-fertility-empowered-me The Different Stakes of Male and Female Birth Control: https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2016/11/the-different-stakes-of-male-and-female-birth-control/506120/ Interviewee bio:  Alex DeRose is a Family Nurse Practitioner & Fertility Care Practitioner turned stay-at-home homeschooling mom to four sons. She's passionate about empowering women with knowledge for fertility awareness, joyful encouragement and the dignity of motherhood. You can find her work on her blog, Joy Mama Blog (https://www.joymamablog.com/) and on Instagram @alexandriaderose.  
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May 04, 2021
04 - Kelly Breaux: Navigating Loss
Bridget sits down with Kelly Breaux, co-founder of Red Bird Ministries, to talk honestly about the struggles of pregnancy and child loss, resources needed, how the Catholic Church can better support women and couples, and what to say to a friend who's experienced loss. This interview is so beautiful and Kelly shares her own story of loss and how it impacted the ministry she and her husband founded to help women and couples navigate loss with tangible resources. They really focus on integrative, whole person support, so that individuals don't feel isolated or alone in the journey of healing.  Additional resources discussed: Red Bird Ministries: https://www.redbird.love/ Hiding in the Upper Room: How the Catholic Sacraments Healed Me from Child Loss: https://www.amazon.com/Hiding-Upper-Room-Catholic-Sacraments/dp/1732443688 Saints for Slackers Podcast: https://www.redbird.love/saintsforslackers Couples grieving the loss of a child now have support in this new ministry: https://aleteia.org/2020/06/06/couples-grieving-the-loss-of-a-child-now-have-support-in-this-new-ministry/ 10 New ministries you should know about: https://aleteia.org/2020/12/28/10-new-ministries-you-should-know-about/ Interviewee bio:  Ryan and Kelly Breaux gave birth to a set of twins in 2005, a son Talon and a daughter Emma Grace. Talon died after 15 days with Emma Grace joining her brother in Heaven three years later.   Their lives were propelled onto a personal journey of both discovery and recovery after battling a decade of darkness in their marriage. By the grace of God, their marriage was saved. Through the Sacraments of the Catholic Church, the Breaux’s found healing and restoration.   Through personally experiencing the loss of a child and through their own  suffering, the thirst of bringing those who suffer back to the light and to the Lord grew.  Therefore, they looked to Mother Teresa  (patroness of Red Bird Ministries) for passion and inspiration to serve  those who are suffering, specifically through the loss of a child. In the gift of restoration, they felt called to help others navigate the pain and unexpected challenges that come from the loss of a child, and through their first divine vocation of parenthood, Red Bird Ministries was born. Red Bird Ministries was named by Altheia as the top 10 ministries to know in 2020! 
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April 27, 2021
03 - Megan Faller: How to Align Your Cycle with Your Schedule
Did you ever think you could align your cycle with your work schedule?  Have you ever wondered if you could maximize your productivity with your cycle instead of fighting it?  This episode is for you! Really, for every woman!  Bridget sits down with Megan Faller, Cycle & Productivity Strategist, helps women align their cycles with their schedules to maximize their daily routines to help grow businesses, goals, roles with ease. You can work with Megan 1:1 to align your cycle with your schedule or you can take group setting courses, too!  Additional resources discussed: The Aligned Cycle: https://thealignedcycle.com/ Dr. Stacy Sims: https://www.drstacysims.com/ Alisa Vitti: https://www.floliving.com/ How to Optimize Your Workouts with Your Menstrual Cycle: https://verilymag.com/2020/10/what-is-menstrual-cycle-syncing-workouts-tailored-20 Should Women Be Entitled to Period Leave? These Countries Think So: https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/20/business/period-leave-asia-intl-hnk-dst/index.html Interviewee bio:  Megan Faller is a Menstrual Cycle & Productivity Strategist and Founder of The Aligned Cycle. As a Certified FertilityCare Practitioner she spent years helping women understand their bodies and chart their cycles so they could make important decisions about planning their families and scheduling medical procedures. Then she stumbled into using the power of her cycles and hormonal waves to schedule her work.  Now she helps other women put their cycles to work for them, so they can make an impact and grow businesses with flow and ease.
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April 20, 2021
02 - Emily Frase: Honest Conversations about Holy Sex
What does it mean to have "holy sex" and what does that actually look like?  How can you create a thriving, healthy sex life with your spouse?  Does the Catholic Church hate sex and only celebrate babies?  In this episode, Bridget chats with Emily Frase all about sex, tackling the theological, historical, and, most importantly, the practical. Emily and Bridget delve into an honest conversation about what it means to have holy sex with your spouse, answering commonly asked questions and identifying the need throughout their conversation that honest, reverent conversations about sex are so important to create cultural change and impact on a micro and macro level.  Additional resources discussed:  Theology of the Body: https://www.amazon.com/Theology-Body/s?k=Theology+of+the+Body Theology of the Body for Beginners: https://www.amazon.com/Theology-Body-Beginners-Rediscovering-Meaning/dp/1635820073/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=theology+of+the+body+for+beginners&qid=1617639003&s=books&sr=1-1 Humanae Vitae: http://www.vatican.va/content/paul-vi/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_p-vi_enc_25071968_humanae-vitae.html Holy Sex!: A Catholic Guide to Toe-Curling, Mind-Blowing, Infallible Loving: https://www.amazon.com/Holy-Sex-Toe-Curling-Mind-Blowing-Infallible/dp/0824524713/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=holy+sex&qid=1618266280&s=books&sr=1-1 Good News about Marriage & Sex: https://www.amazon.com/Good-News-About-Marriage-Revised/dp/0867166193 You can follow Emily over on her personal Instagram account at @totalwhine_ and her business account, @fabmbase. Interviewee bio:  Emily Frase is a south Louisiana native living in northern Virginia with her husband and two cherubs. After receiving her bachelor's degree in architecture, she went on to work in the nonprofit world in D.C. for five years. To her delight, her background in creative problem solving and working with politicians prepared her perfectly for her current full-time job managing toddler tantrums. She founded the Total W(h)ine Blog (https://totalwhine.com/) in 2018, where she shares her passion for living all aspects of the Catholic Faith in a joyful and honest way, especially marriage, motherhood, NFP, and fertility awareness. She is the co-founder and president of the nonprofit organization FAbM Base (https://totalwhine.com/2020/11/12/fabm-base-fundraiser/), a new fertility awareness database coming soon.
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April 13, 2021
01 - Emily Harpole: Feminine Genius & Fertility Awareness
What is the feminine genius?  How does fertility awareness tie into the feminine genius?  Why should women lean into their feminine genius?  In this episode, Bridget chats with Emily Harpole about the feminine genius and how it relates to fertility awareness. Bridget & Emily delve into living lives of wholeness and integration to better understand who we are as women in order to help us embrace our bodies and cycles.  Additional resources discussed:  Letter to Women: http://www.vatican.va/content/john-paul-ii/en/letters/1995/documents/hf_jp-ii_let_29061995_women.html  Mulieris Dignitatem: http://www.vatican.va/content/john-paul-ii/en/apost_letters/1988/documents/hf_jp-ii_apl_19880815_mulieris-dignitatem.html Theology of the Body: https://www.amazon.com/Man-Woman-He-Created-Them/dp/0819874213/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Theology+of+the+Body&qid=1617648842&sr=8-1  Theology of the Body for Beginners: https://www.amazon.com/Theology-Body-Beginners-Rediscovering-Meaning/dp/1635820073/ref=sr_1_2?crid=29Y6FX0FYA4LF&dchild=1&keywords=theology+of+the+body&qid=1617648873&s=books&sprefix=theo%2Cstripbooks%2C222&sr=1-2 The Culture Project International: https://thecultureproject.org/ Seeking Excellence Podcast: https://www.thosewhoseek.org/ You can follow Emily over on her Instagram account, @emily.marie.glorify.  Interviewee bio:  Emily Harpole is from Denver, Colorado and is a 2019 graduate of Benedictine College where she studied Theology, Evangelization/Catechesis and Political Science.  She spent her first year post-grad as a missionary with The Culture Project where she spoke to middle and high school students about the dignity of human life and the richness that comes from living a life of sexual integrity. She loves ministry, especially in the realm of Theology of the Body and fostering healthy relationships, with a special place in her heart for encouraging young women.  Emily uses her Instagram account @emily.marie.glorify to reach out to other young people and currently works as the scheduling coordinator for Sarah Swafford and Emotional Virtue Ministries.
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April 05, 2021