The idea that women must bear children has been deeply ingrained in society’s collective consciousness, which causes the world to glare down on those who choose not to. For some women, motherhood is a choice. But for others, it is not a case of ‘not wanting’ to have children - it is a matter of ‘not being able’ to. This is why Sierra Bizzell, a respected holistic health coach, thinks it is important to educate the world about female reproductive issues and infertility.
Sierra Bizzell is an author, master herbalist, birth and fertility doula, and breastfeeding advocate. She graduated from NC State University and received a degree in Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Wishing to further her studies, she went to Liberty University, where she got her degrees in Master of Arts (MA) and Educational Specialist (EdS). Proving to be a vicarious learner, Sierra finally completed her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in leadership last 2019.
Sierra’s journey to becoming a therapist reached a pivotal moment when she gave birth to her eldest daughter via emergency C-section. More than the physical scar she has to carry on her body, the surgery left Sierra the deeper scar of emotional turmoil. This led Sierra to a long battle with secondary infertility and reproductive issues. This internal struggle prompted her to start researching ways to heal her body. She refused to back down, and so later on, she came out triumphant and was able to recover from a large ovarian cyst, breast cyst, as well as heavy and painful periods. On top of that, Sierra also succeeded in improving her egg quality and hormone levels.
But although Sierra was victorious in some battles, the scarring caused by her C-section left her tubes damaged beyond repair. After many years of tears, struggling through depression, and longing to have another baby, Sierra walked away from her very first In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) cycle. This personal feat sparked Sierra’s advocacy to support other women on their journey to healing and fertility.
And so in 2019, Sierra and her husband started Faithfully Fertile Foundation, where they offer support to people who want to start their families through non-traditional methods such as In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and adoption. They also offer support groups and grants to help families because they believe that a lack of money should never stop anyone from starting a family.
When Sierra was finally able to come to terms with what happened to her fertility, she felt empowered to use her voice and her experience in gathering women from around the world and encouraging them to share their own stories of healing. She wants to become a part of the movement in finally eradicating the stigma that women must bear children. She brings with her the message that the ability or inability to conceive a child does not make one any more or any less of a woman. She also adds that there is more to a woman than her fertility, nor does infertility define her.
So if you are someone who is struggling with conception or going through the journey of pregnancy, feel free to check out Sierra Bizzell on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Know that you are not alone in your battles.
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