Ilene has been a Fertility Awareness Educator since 2001. She first discovered fertility awareness in 1994 and has been teaching through the Fertility Awareness Centre ever since. She is the Executive Director of the Association of Fertility Awareness Professionals, (AFAP); the only international membership organization for fertility awareness professionals.
In today’s show, we talk about Fertility Awareness and the role it plays in advancing reproductive freedoms & justice for women, professionalism in the field, and much more.
Special Note: This interview was recorded before the 2016 Presidential election and Ilene wanted to note the conversation we had about reproductive justice would be different if we were to have it today.
Topics discussed in today’s episode
- What drew Ilene into the field of fertility awareness?
- Ilene’s tragic transition into becoming a fertility awareness educator
- The story behind the Association of Fertility Awareness Professionals
- Why is it so important to have this professional association for fertility educators?
- Does understanding how to chart your own cycle mean you can teach others?
- What surprised Ilene when she first started working with clients?
- The pros and cons of having such easy access to information
- The divide between fertility awareness educators and those who go the DIY route
- What is Reproductive Justice?
- Where is the AFAP starting in their fight for Reproductive Justice?
- How can you become certified as a fertility awareness educator through AFAP?
- What are Ilene’s top three myths about fertility?
Connect with Ilene
- The AFAP’s page on Reproductive Justice
- The AFAP’s page on Teacher Training and Certification
- AFAP Membership Benefits
- Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler
- Where to Invade Next by Michael Moore
- Article on Mother Jones’ website about lack of affordable child care in the United States
- A series of audio pieces about the lack of paid parental leave, and the impact on parents, in the United States
- FFP 083 | Do You Know When You Ovulate? | Fertility Awareness Method | Dr. Kerry Hampton
- FFP 020 | How to Accurately time Sex to Optimize your chances of getting Pregnant | Why Cervical Mucus is Essential | Dr. Kerry Hampton
- FFP 077 | Standard Days Method ® | Cycle Beads ® | Dr. Victoria Jennings
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Music Credit: Intro/Outro music Produced by J-Gantic
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