Cheryl Lister,MA
?Who Am I

I have a broad background in counseling and coaching that spans decades and locations from India to Virginia and much in between.  At the age of 38 I began the journey of family creation, but when I suffered a miscarriage, I was too devastated to continue for nine years.  At age 47 I discovered the miracle of third party fertility and realized this was the path to my family!  With the gift of an egg donor, I gave birth to my first daughter in 2009 and my second daughter in 2012.  Inspired and longing to pay it forward, I became professionally involved with Intended Parents, Egg Donation and Surrogacy in 2015. It gives me the greatest joy to offer my expertise and wisdom to others on this Wild West path of creating one's family.

Client Testimonials:
"Cheryl is skilled at offering her personal and professional expertise on the journey of third party fertility.  We needed an emotionally supportive person with a kind heart, to help us manage the sense of overwhelm we had.  Cheryl provided that, and more." 

"I had no idea that trying to have a child with my partner would be so filled with challenges.  Here we were, in love and devoted to having kids, willing to do whatever it takes.  And then we started arguing. We needed a neutral person who could help us move past the small stuff and not lose sight of the important, things, like our relationship and goal to have a baby.  Cheryl managed to help us individually and as a couple, to get through a tough patch and move forward.  Thank you, Cheryl."

"I love talking to Cheryl!  She is more than a coach; she is a piece of the family I am building."

"I thought I came in with certain challenges and issues.  It was true, but with Cheryl, I ended up feeling safe enough to dig into places deeper than I'd ever even known was possible.  But we didn't just sit in a place of epiphany.  Cheryl supported the healing that not only resolved my surface level issues, but in the end, I feel a deep sense of peace and trust in myself and the process I am going through to have a child."

Advocate, guide, nonjudgmental, accepting,resource.  Insightful, listening.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Personal, professional, single mom of daughters via assisted reproduction,
I get it.

Compassionate, a shoulder to cry on and a hand to hold. 

Your journey is unique.