Why we created Adia
22nd September 2018
That quote really resonates with me. My own journey to motherhood was tough, I experienced a miscarriage, stillbirth and subfertility. At the time, I felt lonely, vulnerable and often blamed myself.
Looking back today, I am grateful for those experiences, as it’s shaped who I am now and given me strength and resilience that I never imagined I would have. So for those of you who are going through those experiences now, know that you are not alone but also that it will get better.
Looking back on my subfertility journey
Looking back, I can see how critical emotional health is on this journey. I wish I had known more about how important it is to be aware of your emotional health – how to identify signs that things are not going well and what are techniques and resources that may help.
What I realise now, is that if I had addressed the emotional challenges that I faced sooner, it would have provided me with more resilience on my journey, helped me better navigate challenges, protected some of my relationships and potentially lead to better outcomes.
The link between emotional and reproductive health
That’s why I so firmly believe that we cannot treat reproductive health and emotional health in isolation – the two are so closely interlinked. The decision to start trying for a baby, is a life-changing decision. It impacts the way you view yourself, and your relationships. Your identity shifts, from your own personal identity to that of a potential mother, caregiver. And if you experience challenges conceiving, it places a huge amount of strain on your emotional health.
Your emotional and mental health is also linked to your reproductive health, in cases of severe stress your cycle can become longer or shorter, your periods may stop altogether, or they might become more painful. All this impacts how long it may take for you to conceive. In this context we must look at “whole body health” — after all you are a whole person, and solutions must reflect this.
That’s why Adia empowers women to understand and improve their reproductive, physical and emotional health.
Empowering women through knowledge
We are passionate about helping women realise and develop their innate strength for whatever lies ahead in their fertility journey. We’re also proud to be a female-founded company, on a mission to empower women and change the approach to women’s reproductive health.
It’s not good enough that women have to experience three miscarriages before seeing a specialist, or that they have to wait over a year to take any fertility tests.
Over the last year I’ve been honoured to speak to hundreds of women about their experiences, as well as leading experts. These conversations have informed our approach and values. And we’ve developed women-centric values that will always guide our approach.
- Innate strength – In work and in life, there can be things that you cannot control, and it’s in those times that we tap into our innate strength – a brave and resilient force within us that enables us to overcome. We want to help you find and tap into that strength.
- Proactive – We believe that through access – to science, pathways, knowledge and community – we can take a more proactive approach to our reproductive health.
- Whole body health – Physical, reproductive and mental health are all intricately linked. We will always treat physical and mental health equally and at the same time.
- Emotional intelligence – We foster mindfulness and accessible communication across all that we do – recognising the importance of emotional intelligence in both our work and fertility and conception.
- Your ally – We are there for the advice you want to hear, and the advice you need to hear. A trusted ally that’s clear, honest and there for you.
If you are looking for support on your reproductive health journey or need answers from experts, join the Adia platform for free. You’ll find advice on nutrition, exercise, meditations and be able to ask your personal questions directly to our fertility experts, who always aim to respond within 48 hours.