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Katie Hurst

Katie Hurst is passionate about infertility awareness and an advocate for breastfeeding. Because of her own journey with infertility, she feels strongly about supporting women and families facing similar situations and hopes by sharing her journey, she is able to shine light where needed.

Katie Hurst

Getting Through the Holidays While TTC 

The holidays are painted as a time of joy and celebration and for a lot of people they are, but what if you’re not feeling joyous or like you don’t have the one thing that you actually want to be celebrating? When you’ve been struggling to try to conceive and/or are...

How to Advocate for Yourself During Treatment 

In doctors we trust! But we also need to trust ourselves and not be afraid to speak up or bring something to the table. Your doctor is seeing dozens of patients every week and while they will take copious post-visit notes in your chart, they aren’t going to personally...

Questions to Consider Asking your Fertility Doctor During your First Meeting 

Your first meeting with a fertility doctor is nerve-wracking and exciting at the same time. If you’re anything like me, I tend to get caught up in the moment and flow of conversation that I sometimes forget to ask questions I’ve been wondering about for a long time. I...

Trying for Baby #2

When I found out that I had fertility issues in my 20s, it really threw me for a loop. I didn’t know anything about the topic at all, and I had to get up to speed as quickly as possible so that my husband and I could make the necessary choices to try to grow our...

Eating for Two: Diet is Critical During Your Fertility Journey

When I went through the long road to having my daughter, there was a lot that was out of my control. For starters, my body simply wouldn’t allow me to get pregnant without medical intervention. As a result, I depended on a lot of other people for emotional support,...

The Financial Side of Fertility

Aside from the physical and emotional difficulties surrounding my diagnosis of infertility in my 20s, my husband and I were also confronted with the daunting financial costs associated with seeking medical assistance to form our family. This is something that no one...

Two to Tango

Hi! I’m Steven, Katie’s Husband. Katie has been sharing a lot about her fertility journey and our path to having our daughter, and she’s asked me to share some of my perspectives as someone who was there every step of the way. I’d like to start by saying how...

What I Wish I Knew About Fertility in My 20s

When I was in my mid-20s, I was diagnosed with medical conditions that I knew could make it difficult for me to conceive and carry a baby to term. Not only was this emotionally difficult for me and my husband, but I quickly realized that I didn’t know anything about...

What it feels like to find out you have fertility issues

We all have images in our heads of what infertility looks like. For many of us, it’s something that happens to other people. I didn’t think it would happen to me. I took it as a given that I would be able to conceive naturally, but that isn’t the way it happened. As...

What people want to hear, and what they don’t, when they are experiencing fertility issues

If you have a loved one who is experiencing fertility issues, you should be aware that there are new sensitivities that weren’t there before. It can be hard to know what to say or not to say, so with that in mind, here is my guide for how to talk to your loved ones...

How fertility issues affect couples, not just individuals

Here’s my unpopular opinion: while infertility was extremely difficult on both my husband and I as individuals, it strengthened our relationship in ways that honestly make me forever grateful for our experience. I don’t wish infertility on anyone, but it is true that...

Let’s Talk about Infertility – And Hope

April 24-30 marks National Infertility Awareness Week, an annual opportunity to highlight a topic that is often ignored and marginalized. Katie Hurst was diagnosed with fertility issues in her 20s and received treatment that allowed her to give birth to a daughter...

How Fertility Issues Can Impact Your Family

One of the quirks of dealing with infertility is how it’s so personal and yet so public at the same time. What could be more private than something happening (or not happening) to your body? But it doesn’t just stay in your body, and it will have an impact on those...

How to maintain one’s mental health and well-being while dealing with infertility

Dealing with infertility takes a toll on your body and your mind. It’s so important to care for your mental health along the way. These are a few things that worked for me. Feel Your Honest Feelings I had to learn how to allow myself the mental space to define what I...
Let's Talk about Infertility - And Hope

Let’s Talk about Infertility – And Hope

April 24-30 marks National Infertility Awareness Week, an annual opportunity to highlight a topic that is often ignored and marginalized. Katie Hurst was diagnosed with fertility issues in her 20s and received treatment...