I’ve just come home after watching a fireworks display. It was a perfect night for it; clear skies, dry Autumn leaves underfoot and freshly bare branches of neighbouring trees back-lit by a huge bonfire.
I love fireworks and tonight they felt a real celebration for all the couples I’ve been lucky enough to have been helping, who haverecently had babies. Some have had long IVF run-ups to pregnancy, some just difficulty with natural conception. Some have had multiple miscarriages, some have had problems with sperm numbers, motility or morphology. Every type of difficulty that you could imagine with having a baby, in fact, crops up at some point in my clinic. You can imagine how wonderful it is for me to meet a baby at last, knowing how longed for that baby has been!
I mostly treat couples who are based in the South Lakes, Barrow-in-Furness, Ulverston, Kendal, Ambleside and Coniston; but people also travel from Whitehaven, Lancaster and further afield.
Particularly with IVF, I imagine that people are used to having to travel some distance for treatment. Our local IVF centres are Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle and Glasgow; so always a long drive or train journey away.
I’m happy to say that fertility support with acupuncture is well acknowledged these days in main stream medicine. I frequently see clients who have been recommended to use acupuncture to support their IVF treatment either by their GP, hospital or IVF centre.
Acupuncture has been shown to help in a whole range of ways; there are acupuncture points to reduce stress, to help implantation, to improve sperm count and quality, to improve the blood supply to the uterus, to thicken the womb lining, to prevent immune rejection, to reduce miscarriage, to stimulate ovulation; the list is endless!
I also work closely with Zita West’s clinic in London, using the advice from the clinics IVF team and nutritionalists to help advise my own clients. I’ve found this information base invaluable at times and can use to real, affordable advantage for my own clients, so thank you Zita!
And thank you to my recent cohort of mothers, fathers and babies! It’s been wonderful working with you!