fertility + pre-parenting
Massage Sessions: $100/ per session or 4 for $300 (4 weeks in a row)
We offer massage sessions for everyone to support overall balance and restoration. This relaxation massage may help with psychological stress since there is evidence that massage therapy (in general) supports this. This is not a specific type of fertility massage like mayan abdominal massage (Arvigo technique) that's primary focus is to increase blood flow to the pelvic organs. We are happy to provide resources and referrals for practitioners who offer this type of treatment. As a fertility doula, we may guide you through some gentle, self care abdominal work that you might like to add into your cycle ritual but this massage session, most importantly focuses on your relaxation and releasing tension that may build during stressful times.
Reiki Sessions: $100/ per session or 4 for $300 (4 weeks in a row)
This sessions is scheduled during the second half of the cycle, after ovulation or transfer and promotes stillness, comfort and balance in the body as well as stress relief during the two week wait or during the the initials days after a transfer. We hope this session offers a space to nurture and care for yourself through this process. Reiki is a natural but powerful form of energy healing that is especially gentle and supportive for hormonal and emotional health.
Pre-Parenting Wellness Sessions: $100/ per session or 4 for $300 (4 weeks in a row)
This session blends massage and reiki for a relaxing, therapeutic treatment that offers anyone on a pre-parenting journey; partners or co-parents of those trying to conceive, intended parents through a surrogacy journey and anyone moving through the adoption or foster parent process, a space to recharge. We know that navigating the weeks, months or years leading up to creating your family may be filled with anticipation and excitement but sometimes stress and overwhelm. We want to encourage folks to take care of their body, mind and soul through this process and reach out for support and resources along the way.
The pre-parenting journey looks different for everyone and we know the process may be filled with highs and lows. Whether you are just starting out or have been moving through this process for years, doulas can fill an important gap between the medical world and your personal experience.
1:1 Doula support for all fertility or
pre-parenting paths. This includes (but not limited to) any of the following:
Fertility coaching/nutritional guidance
Cycle charting assistance
Accompaniment to clinic appointments
LGBTQ+ family building
Home Care (after egg retrieval, embryo transfer or miscarriage etc.)
Prenatal support through first 12 weeks
(1) Pre-Parenting Wellness Package: $225
(3) sessions at a discounted rate
Includes: (1) 1 hr doula session
(2) wellness sessions:
60 minute massage // 60 minute reiki session
Virtual option: (3) 1 hour doula sessions
(2) Fertility Doula Support Package: $525
(4) 1:1 doula sessions (half hour, typically before wellness sessions)
(4) fertility wellness sessions (used toward any 60 minute massage or reiki session)
(1) accompaniment to clinic appt (add more if you wish)
Unlimited phone, text, email support
Virtual option: (5) 90 minute sessions and unlimited email/text support
$50 OFF Fertility Wellness Class Series
Fertility Wellness Classes (Group Series):
6 class series is designed to support folks navigating the trying to conceive process.
Stress can affect fertility but trying to conceive is typically filled with potential stress triggers; i.e. doctor appointments, blood draws, shots, two week waits, and sometimes, disappointment,
grief and loss.
This peer led group offers:
A brave environment to freely express and share emotions
A sharing community of resources, information and experiences
An opportunity to strengthen social support networks which helps to reduce isolation and feelings of loneliness
Topics include (but not limited to):
Fertility Nutrition + Lifestyle
Self-Care for the Fertility Journey
Movement + Breath Work
Resources + Practical Support
Must register in advance.
(6) 1.5 hr sessions: $200 per person
+ $50 OFF Option 2 Doula Package
We have partnered with The San Diego LGBT Community Center to create two monthly support groups
to addresses the specific needs of the LGBTQ+ parenting spectrum. Anyone navigating the ins and outs of the pre-parenting, gestational or parenting journey is welcome to join.
Topics and guest speakers will change monthly.
Creating Kin Collective
Mission: Increasing access to inclusive support and resources for LGBTQ+ parents, prospective parents and family building providers to promote better outcomes for LGBTQ+ families.
We do this by offering support groups during this major life transformation to reduce health disparities, feelings of isolation and allow a space to connect with local resources.
We are dedicated to creating a network of family building providers, committed to offering evidence-based information, financially accessible services and culturally competent, affirming support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer parents and prospective parents.
We organize provider trainings and host networking/community events to foster accountability and connection.
Vision: A world where all LGBTQ+ families are seen, heard and supported.
We imagine a community which recognizes, protects, and values every person wishing to become a parent, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, race, origin, socioeconomic status, capacity or intersection of multiple marginalized identities.
We see a future where every parenting path; assisted reproduction, surrogacy, adoption, foster care or any other means is met with supportive providers to ensure families experience better outcomes in areas of mental, emotional and physical health, thereby creating a positive impact on the next generation and society as a whole.
A recent Family Equality Council (FEC), LGBTQ Family Building Survey, found that the number LGBTQ millennials considering/actively trying to grow their families has increased by 44% yet inclusive support is still challenging to find. Creating Kin increases this access in multiple ways. As members of FEC’s National Network of LGBTQ+ Family Groups, we partnered with The San Diego LGBT Community Center to offer two monthly Support Groups for LGBTQ parents/prospective parents.
1st Monday Group: is a processing group peer led but guided by licensed marriage and family therapists who specialize in LGBTQ+ family building. The path to parenthood isn't always straight. Sometimes plans change, or we experience grief and loss along the way. This group focuses on the deeper challenges that may arise and is a brave space to express and share in a supportive and inclusive environment.
1st Monday of the month (processing group)
FREE | 6:30-7:30 pm
Drop in group
Kristen Carvajal-Witek, LMFT
Ashley Saverino, Doula + Educator
Jennine Estes, MFT EFT Therapist
and other psychologists from our community!
4th Monday Group: focuses on education, information, resources and community building. We invite inclusive providers in as guest speakers to share information and answer questions.
We also discuss topics that apply to all paths to parenthood and all parts of the parenting journey and encourage attending groups whether topics relate to your specific path or not to foster learning, and peer support.
4th Monday of every month
FREE | 5:30pm-630pm
Drop in group
Ashley Saverino, Doula + Educator
Kristen Carvajal-Witek, LMFT
*Some Topics Include (not limited to)
Self Care for your path to parenthood
Communicating with family and friends about your parenting journey
Tips for making important decisions
Integrative support and alternatives
Steps to choosing inclusive care-providers
Nurturing relationships and reconnecting with your partner(s)
Acupuncture and Naturopathic Medicine for Fertility
Doula Support ~ before, during + after ~
Legal rights and protections
Trans fertility and birth
Nursing and postpartum considerations for trans and gender non conforming gestational parents
Postpartum and new parenthood considerations and support
Parent Leave and work related concerns
Ashley is an educator, doula and holistic health practitioner who has been working in the fertility, pregnancy, birth, postpartum and parenting world for over 8 years.
Kristen is a licensed marriage and family therapist and is also very passionate about supporting people on their path to parenthood.
Their personal journeys have been different but one thing was very similar, their need for more support and resources from the very beginning and each step of their process. Searching the internet far too often felt overwhelming.
We know we have so much to learn from all of you and we hope to connect you with amazing resources and inclusive providers to support your journeys and hopefully make some lasting friendships along the way.
Inclusive Provider Network
Our Inclusive Provider Network (IPN) offers annual training/networking events/resource fairs, an online directory and hosts community building/fundraising events to advance visibility and build scholarship programs.
Did you know that the number of LGBTQ+-headed families in the United States is set to grow dramatically in coming years. The Family Equality Council did a recent, 2019 survey that showed 3.8 million LGBTQ+ millennials are considering expanding their families and 2.9 are actively trying to do so. Gaps in both parenthood rates and plans to become parents between LGBTQ+ and non LGBTQ+ people are narrowing. More LGBTQ+ families will be formed through assisted reproductive technology, adoption and foster care. Inclusive providers are an important piece to our parenthood journey and we need to know where they are and what they offer. It's also important for providers to know one another so they can refer their patients and clients to other inclusive care providers.
Provider Networking Events:
Our provider networking events are held every other month on Wednesday evenings. This is a fun way to meet and connect with other providers and the best way to become one of our speakers at our 4th Monday support group! Please reach out to learn more.
LGBTQ+ Provider Networking Event
Hosted By Creating Kin at
SD Family Wellness Center