When you’re going through something as painful and isolating as a struggle to become a mother, it can be difficult to find the right support. I know, because I struggled with this myself.
The unique support you need comes from someone who not only has the expertise to assist you, but who genuinely understands what you’re going through based on first-hand experience.
Hello and welcome
I’m Sarah, and for the past 20 years, I have been guiding, teaching, inspiring and supporting others through coaching, facilitation, speaking and writing.
It’s both a passion and a privilege to help women who are experiencing infertility to reclaim their lives and bring about healing and wellbeing on every level of their being, irrespective of the situation they’re facing.
It took me 10 years to become a mother, and I eventually did so through surrogacy and egg donation after many rounds of IVF, multiple surgeries and an endless amount of grief and turmoil. On my journey, after reaching my lowest point, I made the decision to start drawing on everything I had learnt through my training, my work, my research and my life experience, to give me the strength to find a way forward.
Once I started applying this wisdom in my life in earnest, I experienced a profound transformation on every level of my being. It wasn’t easy and the process wasn’t smooth, but eventually (and paradoxically) when I reached the toughest part of my journey to become a mother, I came to experience a level of joy and inner peace that I had never experienced before. I softened into a state of equanimity that could not be swayed by external events in my life, no matter how tumultuous they were.
After experiencing this awakening, I was inspired to create Open to Life so that I could share the knowledge, wisdom and experience I had gained on my own path to support other women going through a painful process to become a mother. It’s the kind of support that I wished I could find for during my own journey. It’s the kind of support that I know I can offer to you.
My personal experience and how I turned my situation around.
Positive about yourself and your life again
Confident in your ability to manage the highs and lows of your path to parenthood
Clarity about how to make decisions and move forward on your journey
Empowered to transform negative thoughts and emotions into more constructive ones
Able to surrender and open to other pathways to parenthood with grace and ease
When working with women, I draw on the expertise gained from being a qualified meditation teacher, a yoga teacher and an accredited coach and integrate this with my formal training in acceptance and commitment therapy, ego state therapy, neuro linguistic programming along with neuroscience and nervous system health.
I combine all of this with my 20+ years of experience as a facilitator and teacher as well as being a coach and a writer. I find this work deeply fulfilling and am grateful for the opportunity to have run my own coaching and training business, Flourish Consulting for over a decade now.
Over the past two decades, I’ve undertaken formal studies into meditation and eastern traditions and their associated philosophies and practices. More importantly, in 2001 (and over many years), I embarked on an in-depth personal exploration into these traditions as they relate to my own life. The outcome from this quest is not only one of transforming my own life, but also one of having gained the wisdom tools and direct experience to be able to guide and support others who are seeking to transcend a challenging path to motherhood.
Whilst drawing on the potency of these sacred teachings, I also seek to demystify them so that they can be easily integrated into modern day life in a practical way. I merge this wisdom with evidence-based practices aligned with modern psychology for optimal relevance and understanding.
In doing so, I am able to equip women with the knowledge and skills to nourish and transform themselves and their lives, no matter the obstacles they face in becoming a mother.
It is a soulful, alchemical path that will not only help you as you realise your dream of having a baby, but one that will lead to an authentic joy and lasting inner peace.
Through my coaching programs, blogs, podcasts, immersion retreats, free resources as well as my Instagram and Facebook online communities, I provide guidance and insight to help you gain clarity and equip you with the tools and strategies to bring about the level of joy and fulfilment you’re seeking, regardless of where you’re at on your fertility journey.