Hi! I'm Erin McDaniel. I am a six-time IVF "survivor" and now a proud mama to two beautiful boys.
During my fertility journey, I was frustrated, angry, confused, and lonely. It seemed there was no one to help guide me and I kept hitting unexpected delays and pitfalls. After the second unsuccessful round of IVF I started to factor myself into the treatment plan - how could I take charge and control more of the experience?
Once I gathered a broader support team and started to care for my whole self things got easier. I felt empowered, had greater perspective, and was more calm. Now, I'm using this experience to help other women have a more positive family building experience. (For more details about my story, click here or here.)
As a fertility coach, I help women improve their family building experience by identifying ways to fill the gaps often left by medical expertise and well-intentioned friends and family members. I’ve “been there” when it comes to a fertility struggle and I use this experience, natural empathy, and expertise in coaching, the fertility process, and the fertility industry to offer services that provide encouragement and support, practical guidance, identification and reduction of stress points, and teach positive mindset strategies. (To learn more about my services, click here.)
Magda from Poland, undergoing ivf
Talking to Erin really helped me deal with everything I'm going through. Her direct, no nonsense and super practical approach really got through to me! I highly recommend!
a client from austin, undergoing ivf
I've tried and done so many things, but [Erin] was the missing piece for me.
debbie from chicago, Delivered Baby Girl
Erin was such a great support to me during this fertility roller coaster. Anyone going through fertility treatment would benefit from her guidance and resourcefulness. I got so much out of our sessions - she helped me shift my perspective, stay positive and celebrate the small stuff.
lisa from Chicago, delivered twins
I think the coaching was absolutely a KEY first step in the huge transformation that has occurred in my life (and our lives) in the last 7-9 months. It was the first step I took to take care of myself emotionally and spiritually. I don't have a baby, but I also no longer feel like I HAVE to have a baby to be happy. I have more gratitude and wholeness, and I have more confidence my ability to care for myself. I have also learned that doing what feels good and right for me is ENOUGH. And that life is not a to-do list! I can't say enough how much that end-of-year email in combination with our last phone call hit me like a bolt of lightening. That idea that life is not a to-do list and that even going "all in" with TCM was channeling my masculine energy and trying to earn a baby - these two ideas were like keys that opened a door to a whole new life.
Infertility, whatever its form and result, is a transformative process. We think the end goal is a baby, but really it is so much more than that. As much as possible, it is helpful to know this and be open to it. And I think that coaching is very helpful - even essential - to realizing these larger transformations. Erin will be a shoulder to cry on and the understanding heart you need; and she will also help you see and maintain a larger vision for your life that is so vital to the process.
A client from san francisco, delivered baby boy
The fertility world seems to be missing a key component - a coach and confidant - someone who’s sole focus is to care for you and help you care for yourself. Erin provided an empathetic ear and practical advice to help me gain greater control over my journey. She felt like my own personal ‘IVF partner-in-crime.’ With her help, I took on another round of IVF feeling positive, calm, and resilient.
a client from chicago, Delivered Baby Girl
Going into my first IVF cycle was a scary, confusing and lonely time. Then I meet Erin and she helped me every step of the way. She prepared me physically, mentally and helped me find strength I never knew I had. Erin provides you with a wealth of information, is a shoulder to cry on and is always cheering you on. I couldn’t imagine doing this without her.
a client from chicago, in a waiting period
Erin was referred to me at my breaking point in my infertility struggles. I had just found out my first IVF cycle did not work and was devastated. I had already been through 3 failed IUI’s and months of holistic healing...all to which I was hoping this IVF cycle would finally help complete the family we have been longing for. Not only is Erin extremely personable and professional, but she is also very accommodating; not only with schedules but also during our sessions. She allows you to set the sessions as to what you need most that week. She is great at giving you tools to use to help you through your journey to stay positive and give you strength to keep going. She also always makes sure you know you have a support system in her at anytime.
a client from chicago, currently pregnant
After 6 months of trying to conceive with the help of my doctor, I was feeling confused and frustrated by the process. A friend of mine suggested that I look for a service or coach that could help. That is when I found Erin at My Fertility Coach. Erin helped me gain not only the ability to advocate for myself in this process but also the courage to move onto IVF. I was scared and very averse to the idea of IVF but through many tears and Erin’s supportive and empathetic coaching I was able to do a cycle of IVF. (Which actually ended up being a breeze.) And now I am 22 weeks pregnant with a baby girl (my first child)! I can honestly say that I may not have had the courage or the confidence to pull this off without Erin’s help and support. I’m gonna be a mom!! Thank you Erin!
Amanda, Freedom Fertility Formula and Custom Coaching Client, undergoing ivf
You never start the journey to motherhood thinking you are going to have fertility problems. You think it's going to be fun. For us, it had been anything but fun.
After 2 years of struggling with fertility, failed IUIs, IVF, miscarriage, even an ectopic, it was hard to find hope, but moreover, it is lonely, exhausting, confusing, and doctors don't help with any of it. Friends and family don't really understand, and it can be so isolating. When I started working with Erin, I would go through periods of being hopeful, sad, lost, excited, angry, happy - you name it! But Erin made me feel like I wasn't alone, like I had a sounding board, and she gave me real tangible tools to address any and every emotion on this roller coaster ride. From there, I worked with Erin on a 7 week [Freedom Fertility Formula] program, which made me feel as though I had a champion in my corner, and concrete steps to working through all parts of the journey. The [Freedom Fertility Formula] program gave me extremely practical tools and programs to help conquer infertility. Erin herself is a great listener, super encouraging, and sometimes the positivity and speck of hope you need to hear in a moment of doubt or sadness. She is also very flexible in terms of scheduling and making changes - even last minute - as they happen. I would recommend Erin to anyone having to go through fertility struggles! I hope to share good news with her soon!
A client from columbia, Maryland, undergoing ivf
A phenomenal experience that greatly helped me get through the roller coaster of a long and difficult secondary infertility challenge. Erin is kind, compassionate, a great listener and greatly helped me not only by allowing me to vent but to come up with proactive strategies to help me become more mindful, stay cautiously optimistic, and value my fertility struggle as my own personal, unique journey which has made me a stronger, better person. Highly recommend her and one of the best investments you can make to maintain your sanity and perspective during the roller coaster of fertility treatment.
I believe women who feel empowered to take control of their whole health - mental, spiritual, and physical - while building their families have a more positive experience.
Choose from the coaching packages below to get started. Not sure which one is truly right for you? Reach out and we’ll talk about it.
When we work together in this format, we'll identify the areas most important to you and develop a custom plan to help you feel more calm and in control of your fertility journey. Read more >
Freedom Fertility Formula
A structured approach to handle the emotional overwhelm of a fertility journey. Clients have access to a mix of technique and tool teaching, guided imagery, and personalized coaching. Read more >
Nourished Fertility Package
Offered in partnership with a registered, licensed, dietitian, this package offers a blend of fertility and nutritional coaching. Read more >
Mindful Fertility Package
Offered in partnership with a mindfulness expert, this package offers a blend of fertility and mindfulness coaching. Coming soon!
In every package, I provide a personal touch that gets at the intangibles and helps bring ease to the process. We'll work together to identify any number of ways to fill you with energy and lightness, help you stay in the present, and ultimately contribute to a more positive, healing, family building experience.
We'll meet regularly via phone or video. I'm available for quick questions via email, phone, or text in between our appointments. I'm a friendly encourager, a gentle accountability partner, and I'll laugh at all of your jokes.
Together, we'll identify your fears, trigger situations, and the information you're missing. Throughout and long after your My Fertility Coach coaching experience, you will feel empowered, encouraged, and equipped for the journey.
Fertility treatment can be a lonely and confusing road and I’d love to try to help ease the burden. Please note, though, my new client availability is currently limited. Please send me an email if you have questions and I’ll be glad to try to help in some way. If you’d like to simply stay in touch and be notified as to when I’m more available for new clients, please subscribe to my newsletter.
If you are a member of the fertility community, I'd love to meet you. Please drop me a line to introduce yourself.