Podcast Episode 123: Navigating IVF, Adoption, Surrogacy, Self-Care and the Importance of Meditation

How do you navigate life’s many curve balls? Josephine Atluri shares her insights and how she’s become an expert at meditation and overcoming adversity through her unique fertility journey.

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Topics Discussed in this Episode:

  • Josephine’s journey through IVF and surrogacy
  • Strategies that women can implement to prepare for their IVF journey
  • Everyday tools that women can use when they’re feeling stressed
  • What meditation means
  • Some simple steps to get started on meditation
  • Josephine’s non-negotiables
  • Managing your relationship with your partner in close quarters
  • Self-care strategies


Key Takeaways:

  • The IVF process can be so taxing on your mental and emotional wellbeing that it’s very important to have a solid foundation of love for yourself.
  • The breath is so powerful because it’s the gateway to moving from a state of stress to a state of relaxation.
  • What’s happening during meditation is that you’re practicing to tune in to the present moment.


Action Steps:

  • If you decide to go down the IVF route, establish a foundation for yourself. 
  • Learn to advocate for yourself.
  • Give space for yourself in terms of love and compassion.
  • Find a support network.
  • Reduce stress by incorporating mindfulness techniques that are rooted in witnessing the present moment.
  • Use breathing techniques to calm down.
  • Do a body scan.
  • Get started on meditation:
  • Tie it to an existing ritual.
  • Pick a time that works best for you.
  • Be kind and compassionate to yourself.


Josephine said:

“I’m a really big advocate of having a number of tools in your self-care toolkit… because some days one thing will work, and on other days, it just doesn’t and you have to try something new.”

“The beauty of meditation is that it translates to your everyday life… you’re practicing being able to return back into the witnessing of the present moment, into whatever it is that you’re in the middle of.”


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