Overcoming Dyslexia to Become an IVF Nursing Specialist: Cath McBreen

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What are the Pros and Cons of IVF

Top Takeaways:

  • Tips on the skills you can master to help deal with dyslexia
  • Understanding common age of fertility for both women and men
  • Emotional problems associated with IVF treatment failure and how they affect parties involved
  • How the prevalence of sexual harassment in hospitals has decreased over the years

Cath McBreen shares how she worked to overcome dyslexia to master nursing school and become a Reproductive Endrin Chronology and Reproductive Nurse as a military wife. She discusses the common ages of fertility and the options to have a baby. She provides detail on how the treatment of IVF is carried out and the earlier problems of multiple births. She describes the emotional effects of the IVF process. She talks about what is a “good match” for a gestational carrier.

Cath McBreen talks about how sexual harassment was rampant in the 1980’s and how she avoided it. Her most important contribution was to help couples have their dream come true, but she also describes the saddest situation she encountered. She describes the importance of her relationship with her father and the challenges of her relationship with her mother. She talks about overcoming her biggest fear – public speaking. In retirement, she and her husband spend 7 months in a motor home.

"15% of all couples who have reached reproductive years are infertile. It could be the female or the male or both members of the couple that have something going wrong that is keeping them from being able to have children." -Cath McBreen

Cath McBreen, R.N. is a retired Reproductive Nurse who achieved her dream of helping couples achieve their dream of becoming parents. She worked hard to overcome dyslexia to master school and become a Reproductive Endrin Chronology and Reproductive Nurse.

Listen in to understand the IVF treatment and the emotional and physical baggage it comes with. You will also learn how technology has improved fertility treatments making them safer by eliminating cases of multiple pregnancies.

In her second interview, listen in to learn the importance of doing what you want to reach your dreams as a woman to have no regrets later in life. You will also hear about a retirement lifestyle in a motor home traveling across the country.

FIRST INTERVIEW KEY MOMENTS

Cath McBreen talks about her hurdles as a child with dyslexia in the 1950s and how she used memorization to deal with it [1:01]

How Cath developed skills to read and go beyond her dyslexic condition [3:46]

She describes her career as an IVF nurse and the place she got to work at [6:38]

The role of an IVF nurse in a fertility clinic, plus statistics about fertility for both men and women [9:19]

She explains how the IVF treatment is carried out and how technology has helped increase healthy single pregnancies [12:00]

Cath shares her first-hand knowledge of the emotional damage the IVF treatment can have when it continuously fails [15:30]

Why it was important to offer psychological support for all parties involved in fertility treatments [18:27]

Why altruism is the reason women volunteer to be egg donors or gestational carriers [19:53]

Cath talks about her experience with sexual harassment and gender discrimination during her career in nursing [22:22]

SECOND INTERVIEW: How to Reach Your Dreams

Top Takeaways:

  • The importance of sleep to have a happy and productive nursing career
  • How not to let your circumstances stop you from becoming the best version of yourself
  • Understanding the journey of women’s rights from the 50s to now and where they should be
  • Learn to do whatever you can do to become a happy and optimistic person

Key Moments:

Cath describes her contribution as being able to participate in seeing couples become parents [1:57]

How the pain of seeing failed fertility treatments over time became a part of her [2:27]

She describes her relationship with her father as exceptional and him as her greatest inspiration [5:45]

How her fear of public speaking and being judged became a challenge [7:10]

Why Cath would love to have a do-over of her entire nursing career to get enough sleep [10:56]

She describes her relationship with her mother as difficult since the two of them were polar opposites [12:56]

She advises women to become who they want to be and do the best they can guiltless [17:47]

She explains the tough times she had married to a top-secret military husband [20:06]

The retirement lifestyle living in a motor home traveling the country that Cath and her husband are enjoying [24:11]

Cath insists on the importance of exercising optimism and happiness at all times [30:08]

Cath McBreen, R.N. is a retired Reproductive Nurse who achieved her dream of helping couples achieve their dream of becoming parents. She worked hard to overcome dyslexia to master school and become a Reproductive Endrin Chronology and Reproductive Nurse.

Listen in to learn the importance of doing what you want to reach your dreams as a woman to have no regrets later in life. You will also hear about a retirement lifestyle in a motor home traveling across the country.

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