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about growforth family building

Growforth's mission is to work alongside you as you decide how to build your family through "non-traditional" methods - whether due to infertility, other health issues, or entirely by choice.

Through counseling, coaching, personalized support, and education, what may have been an overwhelming and difficult journey can transform into an empowering pathway to parenthod. 

Holding Hands

I am dedicated to supporting women on their journey to starting their family. I hold a Master's degree in Social Work from Columbia University and a certificate in Health and Wellness Coaching from the Integrative Women's Health Institute. Professionally, I have over ten years of experience as a clinical social worker working with individuals as they build their families.

about growforth family building

The name comes from the Middle English term "go forth," meaning:

1. to move oneself forward or onward

2. to depart from a place; to set out

This phrase evolved because Growforth clients aren't just departing from their current place and going forward - they're growing forward.

Growforth Family Building's mission is to work and walk alongside you as you build your family through "non-traditional" methods - whether due to infertility, health issues, family make-up or entirely by choice. I believe that every family deserves the opportunity to grow and thrive, and I'm committed to helping clients achieve their dreams of parenthood while maintaining their sense of self and happiness. Through coaching, personalized support, and education, what may have been an overwhelming and difficult journey can transform into an empowering pathway to parenthood. 

about kenzi

I'm Kenzi Locks, a licensed clinical social worker, health and wellness coach and a family building expert. As the creator of Growforth Family Building, I'm on a mission to support you on your path to parenthood.

I have a real passion for this work. In my early twenties, a typical OBGYN visit led to a battery of tests and a two-minute phone call that changed my life's trajectory: I had PCOS, and it was unlikely I'd be able to have biological children. The doctor essentially hung up on me without even asking if I had any questions, let alone offering support.

 

The next doctor I met with - a reproductive endocrinologist - told me to start trying to have a baby as soon as possible because time was of the essence. I was in a new relationship, 22 years old, and living in a studio apartment while getting my master's degree at Columbia University. It was really not the time. I went from assuming - like a lot of people - that I'd have children easily when the time was right for me, to feeling completely out of control and desperate for answers. 

 

In the ten years after that, I found my own pathway to parenthood and welcomed my beautiful son in 2021. Professionally, I spent those years supporting families as they grew - often after infertility diagnoses and loss, as well as individuals looking to become single parents by choice and LGBTQ+ couples. I have worked with literally hundreds of families as they came together through adoption, fertility treatments, egg/sperm/embryo donation, and gestational surrogacy, as well as those who have decided to move forward without children. 

I know the joys of parenthood, and I know the deep overwhelm that comes from wondering and worrying if it will ever happen for you. I'd love to work and walk alongside you as you get there.

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