Frequently Asked Questions
How much does this cost?
Visit our pricing page to learn more.
What am I going to get out of it?
This is different for everyone. Our approach is to help you achieve optimal mental, emotional, and physical health while trying to get pregnant. Whether you’re considering getting pregnant, trying to conceive, struggling to conceive, or taking a break from trying, our programs are beneficial for improving overall health for anyone.
Do I have to talk to somebody?
Not if you don’t want to. We do recommend connecting with others in our community and booking coaching sessions for additional guidance and support. Access to coaching sessions is included for the same monthly price.
Is this going to be private?
Yes, your privacy is important to us and your member’s area is just for you.
How long does it take to complete?
Go at your own pace. There’s no set time limit for the courses or masterclasses. We do recommend planning time into your week to dedicate to it, but the amount of time is completely up to you.
Are you going to tell me to "just relax" or to "stop stressing"?
Definitely not. Our approach was developed by a couple who struggled with infertility for years and they, too, are tired of hearing others tell them to “just relax”. So we aren’t going to tell you that, either.
This program is NOT about relaxation techniques or meditation. Instead, we move you through the 9 key stages/transitions from couples who unexpectedly overcame fertility struggles. These stages and the wisdom uncovered in this study now become your guide to breaking through the self-limiting mindset (thoughts, beliefs, and feelings) that can get in the way of you not just getting pregnant but enjoying being pregnant.
How is an online program going to help me conceive?
It’s normal to become fixated on your physical health (cycles, lab results, levels, age, etc) however we are more than physical beings, therefore we need to bring balance between our physical and emotional, health.
In addition, scientific studies show there is a direct connection between emotional health and balance and reproductive health. Higher levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, impede the production of progesterone, a hormone absolutely essential for conceiving and safely carrying a pregnancy to term.
Is this a stress management program?
We don’t need to remind you that trying to conceive is stressful. That’s not helpful. There are a lot of options out there for stress management, but our approach is different. We’re about MUCH more than managing stress. Our approach is a proactive tool that helps people optimize their mindset for pregnancy. Our goal is to go far beyond stress management and, with extensive research into couples who unexpectedly overcame fertility struggles as well as cognitive behavioral therapy, to help you move into a new mindset that can free you from uncertainty and help you to reimagine your journey. In doing so, you’ll optimize your emotional health, which has a connection to improved reproductive health.
Do you promise conception after completing?
We can’t guarantee you’ll conceive after completing. But when stress is managed and emotional health is balanced, reproductive health can be improved, as well. In addition, people tell us that the program moved them from survival mode to one of openness, trust, and clarity on their path forward. It’s pretty incredible what happens when we move from resistance and fear to trust and peace.
Is this only for people trying to conceive naturally? Is this program going to conflict with medical treatment in any way?
Our approach is rooted in cognitive behavioral therapy and is completely natural, with no medical interventions involved. It is applicable no matter where you are in your fertility journey, whether you’re in treatment, considering treatment, experiencing a setback, or just starting on this journey.
Is this for women, or is this for couples?
This was designed for both women and couples -- but it is not required that you go through the program with your partner. We highly recommend peopel take this step in their fertility journey together, however, we’ve heard from past clients that sometimes women want to work through the material on their own first.
Is there a spiritual/faith component to the program?
Our approach does not take a specific stance regarding faith and religion but there are many parts and components that can absolutely be enhanced and intertwined with practicing faith.
Does this program discuss miscarriage/child loss/grief?
Yes, we have masterclasses dedicated to these topics.
Can I do this while also pursuing counseling?
Absolutely. This is not to be used as a replacement for therapy.
Who are the voices I will hear during the audio program?
The voices you hear during the program are those of Marc Sherman, Erin Sherman, Dr. Kate Webster, and Tara Brandner as well as segments of an interview with one of their research participants.
How long is the Journey to Parenthood audio program?
The audio course consists of 9 modules that are approximately 50 minutes each for a total course time of 7 hours. Once you become a member, you receive full access to all program material, meaning you can take as much or as little time as you need to complete it.
Is the program self-paced?
You can complete the course in its entirety from the comfort of your own home and at your own pace. The audio program is fully online and can be accessed through your member account, or on the Organic Conceptions mobile app. You don’t have to wait for the material to be released periodically or meet deadlines -- you can work through the material on a schedule that makes sense for you.
We also offer coaching sessions.
Is support available as I work through the material?
Yes, we have a certified coach on staff, as well as other staff members trained to offer support. You can always schedule a coaching session as well.
What do men think of the Journey to Parenthood?
The course aims to treat the couple as a unit so both are equally engaged in the Journey to Parenthood & Beyond. While our positive feedback is predominantly from women, we have had many men tell us that they have benefited from the course and that it has helped them to better understand and validate each other creating greater unity.
Can one person/partner complete the program individually?
One person/partner can absolutely complete individually. Individuals can also go back and go through it again with their partner and we encourage this considering a critical element uncovered in our research was a deeper connection and unity within the couple. The course will lead to a greater level of understanding, communication, and validation.
Will this help me if I am past my childbearing years but still have unresolved wounds or frustrations about my experiences of infertility?
Yes, it will absolutely help you get through unresolved wounds and/or frustrations about your experiences of infertility. Our number one goal is making you feel emotionally healthy.
What are the journaling exercises like?
The journal exercises within the course follow the audio modules that are also included. There are a variety of exercises ranging from journaling, list-making, filling out charts, and filling in sentences.
How do you recommend completing it? Listen or go through the workbook first, second, etc?
We recommend that you complete the workbook while listening to the audio segments simultaneously. In addition to listening to the meditation series, masters classes, and Stories that Inspire.
Does it make sense to go through the program while in treatment?
Yes, it makes sense to go through the program whether you are in treatment, considering treatment, or have been through treatment.
Is the program trying to get me to give up or let go?
Our approach is absolutely not trying to get you to give up or let go. It is designed to help you process your journey and make sense of what is happening in a way that can have a profound impact on your quality of life and reproductive health.
Are free group coaching calls available?
Yes, as part of your access you are invited to attend our group coaching calls.
Cortisol Test FAQ
What does the at-home urine cortisol test kit include?
The test kit includes detailed instructions to guide you and all materials for sample collection and sample analysis.
What does this test measure?
Our Cortisol Urine Home Test Kit measures 7 major metabolites from the cortisol metabolic pathway. These include Cortisol, Aldosterone, and Cortisone.
How is the test processed?
Samples are analyzed by Advanced and Accurate Ultra Performance Liquid Chromatography attached with Mass Spectrometer (UPLC-MS/MS).
How do I receive my results?
For your privacy, results are mailed directly to your email account within 10-15 days from the date your kit is received by the lab.
Who is this test for?
This test is for anyone interested in testing their cortisol levels. This test is the first step in our three-step approach to increasing overall emotional health to prepare your mind and body for pregnancy.
Why should I take this test?
Cortisol is made in our adrenal glands and is released in our bodies naturally each day. Cortisol can affect energy levels, mood, and overall health. Cortisol is also the body's main stress hormone. When your cortisol levels are under control, it prepares your body for pregnancy and may increase your likelihood of conception.
How can I incorporate this content into my appointments with my patient(s)?
The best way to incorporate this content into your appointments with your patient(s) is, after familiarizing yourself with our approach, choose which pieces or components best align with your practice, and checking in with your patient(s) regarding those specific sections.
What does the pro training cover?
The pro training covers courses and useful tips and techniques to understand what your patient(s) are experiencing.
What are the best practices for introducing the program to my patient(s)?
There are five key ways to introduce/position the program to your clients. One is establishing the category. This means reminding your patients that this is not a quick-fix program and is instead designed to optimize lasting and long-term positive change. Two is validating their experience. This means validating your patients’ experiences by reassuring them that you understand that this is a traumatic time for them and that we can provide them with the tools to address it. Three is discussing their health. This means stressing to your patients that emotional health and reproductive health are directly related and that we can help to optimize their emotional health for a successful conception. Four is addressing them as a unit. This means letting your patients know that our program is designed to help both partners individually and as a unit, bringing them to unite as a couple with common ground and understanding. Five is amplifying your practice. This means understanding and highlighting that Organic Conceptions are there for your patients as the perfect complement to your practice - especially to maximize their emotional health.
Who in my office should go through the practitioner training?
We think everyone would benefit from going through our practitioner training from the providers and nurses to the front desk staff. If fertility care is the focus of the office (or even a focus among others) it is important that each person has sensitivity and compassion toward each couple that arrives at your office for care and is able to speak to the importance of emotional health and how the program intertwines with their physical care. Ultimately, you decide who should go through the training.
What is cognitive behavioral therapy and how can it benefit my clients/patients?
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (“CBT”) is a type of psychotherapy in which negative patterns of thought about the self and the world are challenged in order to alter unwanted behavior patterns. Our program is based around CBT and will help your patients to diminish negative thought patterns and emotions and replace them with long-lasting positive change and tools to stay at peace.