We’ve got fertility doctors, fertility kits, fertility clinics, fertility vacations, fertility diets, fertility how-to guides, it was only a matter of time before the “fertility coach” came on the scene. I’m not sure how I feel about this to be honest.
Yes we’re now in a world where it’s not just businesses that rely on
consultants, individuals are gobbling them up, too — there’s the wedding coach, the
college prep coach, creativity coaches — you name the subject and
there’s someone willing to charge you to be a “coach.”
I’ve always been a bit skeptical about any coach that works off the playing field or gym. I can’t help but wonder about these paid-for-hire folks. I had a former colleague who was once working to be certified as a “coach.” She described the services she would provide (and charge for): inspire, motivate or cheer lead, dispense advice, help devise a plan, and act as a sounding board for those who need some extra help in their life, career, etc. One of my other former colleagues upon hearing this said matter of factly, isn’t that what friends do for each other — for free? Bingo.
Now, I’ll admit there are advantages to having someone “on call” to take questions, etc., but in the case of infertility, there is RESOLVE (a volunteer organization), more infertility blogs offering advice and firsthand experience than you can shake a stick at and certainly plenty of research available. Would I really want to pay someone to help me decide where I am in my infertility workup and decision making? I’m not sure. And it’s not like people pursuing treatment (the vast majority of which is not covered by insurance) have extra cash laying around. I think an extra acupuncture visit and some time with my infertility blog mates would do more to clear my head, but that’s just me.
What would you do? (And what would you charge me for an answer?)