Lana is a driven and focused woman who didn't have a plan for how she was going to have a family until she met her husband. But their journey towards parenthood wasn't as smooth as they hoped. After 7 long years of trying different things and taking breaks to navigate their next steps, Lana found herself with only one genetically abnormal embryo that they couldn't transfer.
But Lana's story doesn't end there. She's sharing her experience of navigating the tough decision of choosing to live child free after infertility.
It's not an easy decision to make, and we'll be diving into the tough topics around choosing to live child free vs using an egg donor or adopting. We'll also talk about the shame, guilt, and grief that often comes with deciding not to have kids when there were other options available.
But it's not all doom and gloom. We'll also explore what life is like now that Lana's decision has been made to live child free. We'll discuss the challenges she still faces and how she's shaped her purpose in life without kids. It's a conversation that's sure to be thought-provoking and insightful. So grab a cup of coffee, pull up a chair, and let's dive into Lana's story together.
Join Lana for Other's Day Brunch on May 13, 2023 in Chicago, Illinois. Learn more here and grab your ticket!
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After 7 years of fertility treatments and a lifetime dreaming of motherhood, Lana
Manikowski was presented with the realization that she would not be a mom.
The years that followed were full of loneliness, self judgment and confusion about living a childless life. Lana yearned to connect to a community of infertile women to grow past this together. When she couldn’t find one, she created one by courageously telling her story and creating connections weekly on The “So Now What?” Podcast.
Lana is a Certified Coach, an Infertility Advocate, founder of The Other's Day and The So Now What Sisterhood and the creator of “The Thrive Method” - a 3 step process that helps women thrive and feel fulfilled even though they don’t have the children they always believed they would.
Lana guides women in the rediscovery of their meaning and helps them build a future
they truly love - even without children.
Since launching her practice in 2021, Lana has amassed an audience of over 21,000
students. Through her teachings, Lana helps women discover their meaning and define
a legacy they feel truly proud of. Lana has been featured on national media outlets
sharing her message and serving as an example that infertile women can create the life of their dreams, even when it didn’t turn out as planned.