Barrenness often carries a burden of shame, as societal expectations link fertility to self-worth. The inability to conceive can lead to feelings of inadequacy and isolation. It is crucial to replace shame with compassion and understanding toward oneself while creating an environment of healing and empowerment. By recognizing and embracing your worth beyond the ability to bear children, you get to see that other areas of your life are productive.
In this episode of Hey, I’m Listening, Dr. Joan speaks with Frances Jones about Overcoming the Stigma of Infertility
Frances Jones is a wife, mother, and the founder of Heart Desires Fulfillment Coaching. She is a global women empowerment speaker, an advocate, and a transformational coach. Her book, Overcoming the Emotional Stigmas of Infertility: Barren But Not Ashamed, tells the story of the negativity she experienced during her over a 20-year journey of never being able to conceive. Frances became free from those negative emotions, found peace with not being able to have children, and stopped infertility from controlling her life.
Connect with Frances Jones | www.heartdesirescoaching.com or IG: heartdesirescoaching
What you can expect from this episode
00:31 The shame that comes with barrenness
04:50 Is it okay to still use the term “barren”
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About Dr. Joan
Dr. Joan Samuels-Dennis, Ph.D., is an award-winning Canadian speaker and authority on trauma recovery, reconciliation, and forgiveness. Joan has specialized in promoting the mental health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities for over a decade through her groundbreaking trauma recovery strategy, The Forgiveness Method.
Her career as an individual, couples, and family psychotherapist has helped countless people heal from their past, transform their mental health, overcome challenges, and reclaim their lives.
In 2016, she founded Becoming Inc.; in 2020, she founded the Village of Peace not-for-profit organization. Dr. Joan is the author of 490: Forgive and Live Fearlessly, Forgive: Master The Art of Letting Go and Becoming the Journey to Love, and the mind behind the revolutionary new therapeutic modality and certification “The Forgiveness Method” launching in 2023.
Dr. Joan is a Jamaican-Canadian Toronto native living in the beautiful Kamloops, B.C. community alongside her loving husband and family.
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