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Caitlin Cahayla, Co-Founder
Our patient community is filled with extraordinary people doing extraordinary things. In 2019, RADfertility patient, Sondra, created the Fearless Femmes Facing Fertility Facebook community where women on the road to motherhood could connect through their struggles, questions and hopeful humor. Inspired by all the wonderful friendships that have formed through this resource, RADfertility patients Caitlin and Sondra launched Fearless Mamas and Mamas-To-Be in 2020 for members of the Fearless Femmes who have achieved pregnancy or motherhood following infertility.
We had the opportunity to chat with Caitlin to gather insight from her personal journey and learn more about the Fearless Mamas and Mamas-To-Be Facebook Support Group.
These beautiful RAD babies represent the fertility journey coming full circle for some of the wonderful ladies in the Fearless Femmes Facing Fertility Facebook community. One year ago, when their moms met for the first time, they bonded over their shared struggle through tears and a newfound sense of support. Fast forward one year to a very different meeting full of smiles, full hearts, and the same sense of support.
(Mom & Baby’s name from left to right) Morgan & Aoife, Cyndi & Ainsley, Sondra & Jordan, Kait & Camden, Caitlin & Charlotte met at Lums Pond State Park to introduce all of their RAD babies.
How has the Fearless Femmes Facing Fertility Facebook group made a difference in your life?
Caitlin: I am so grateful for many reasons that I came across the Fearless Femmes Facing Fertility Facebook group last year while I was undergoing treatments at RADfertility. The group opened the door for me to meet so many strong and resilient women who were all fighting the same battle that I was. Infertility can be an extremely lonely and isolating journey at times, and it was very comforting to have friends that completely understood the obstacles and could provide an unbelievable amount of support along the way. While our individual stories were different, our dreams, goals, and aspirations were all the same.
What inspired you to launch the Fearless Mamas and Mamas-To-Be Facebook support group with Sondra Wyckoff?
Caitlin: Over the last year, it has become evident that the Fearless Femmes Facing Fertility (FFFF) Facebook support group is very much needed and wanted by those who are deep in the trenches of their infertility journey. After having many discussions with Sondra and other women behind the scenes, we decided that there needed to be a safe place for moms and moms-to-be, who had experienced success following infertility treatments, to be able to have open discussions and access support related to all things pertaining to pregnancy and motherhood. Knowing how we all felt during treatment, we wanted to be mindful that some women still undergoing treatment may be sensitive to such topics, so we collectively agreed that it would be best to create a sister group for FFFF members to graduate to when the time was right.
They say that “infertility never leaves you” and so many of those feelings may remain as women achieve a pregnancy following their infertility journey and/or navigate motherhood. What is some advice that you have for women who are pregnant following infertility treatment?
Caitlin: I have never read a more true statement. While infertility never leaves you, it certainly makes you stronger. I suffered 4 miscarriages prior to my first successful pregnancy that resulted in my miracle baby, Charlotte, so I very much understand how nerve-racking pregnancy can be following treatment. My advice to all mamas experiencing pregnancy following infertility would be to take it one day at a time and to keep your eye on the prize. While my pregnancy was challenging at best and I still had days that I mourned everything that my struggle with infertility had deprived me of, I tried to enjoy and cherish every moment knowing how hard it was to get there.
What are some resources that helped you on your fertility journey?
Caitlin: All of the women in Fearless Femmes Facing Fertility and my amazing doctors and nurses at RADfertility! I am forever grateful for all of the amazing ladies that the group has brought into my life! My biggest word of advice for those going through treatment is to stay far, far away from Google 🙂
How do you want women to feel when they are a part of the Fearless Mamas and Mamas-To-Be Facebook support group?
Caitlin: Included! Every woman has her own unique story and perspective that she can share with others, and it has the ability to make a huge impact on someone else’s life.
What do you hope to accomplish in 2020 with the Fearless Mamas and Mamas-To-Be support group?
Caitlin: Hopefully once the pandemic is over and life starts looking a little bit more normal, we would love to schedule some more in-person meet-ups. Until then, we will be holding some virtual sessions for all of the women to meet and access some much-needed support. I am in awe that we have been able to build such an amazing community of women during these unprecedented and uncertain times!
Caitlin Cahayla and her husband, Scott, with their miracle baby, Charlotte. Photo by Little Blooms Photography in Kennett Square, PA.
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