By taking time to prepare and nurture your body, mind, and spirit for parenthood, you create a welcoming space where your baby’s soul can thrive and grow.
Our Conscious Conception work will focus on several simple but profound concepts: happiness, health, harmony in your primary relationships, and connection to spirit (in whatever form that may take for you). This practice can be applied to any conception journey - from a married couple planning a natural pregnancy to a single woman using a sperm donor, and couples with fertility challenges using ART (Assisted Reproductive Techniques) therapies to those who have chosen surrogacy or adoption as their road to parenthood.
Treatments are catered to your individual journey and may include acupuncture, herbs/supplements, emotional support, lifestyle modifications, and movement therapy. Chinese Medicine is extremely effective in improving fertility rates and successful births.
Studies show that acupuncture:
Increases blood flow to the uterus to promote implantation
Improves ovarian function, which may help produce better quality eggs and a larger number of follicles
Reduces side effects of drugs used in ART procedures
Decrease uterine contractions, intended to encourage implantation, and prevent early miscarriage
Reduces stress hormones and anxiety
Strengthens the immune system and supports general health to promote a healthy pregnancy and baby
Emily has guided many individuals and couples to their healthy baby including those who have chosen:
Natural Pregnancy Preparation
In planning for natural conception your treatments will guide the body-mind-spirit into balance. We will closely monitor your cycle and discuss ways to optimize
fertility and health for you and your baby.
Acupuncture has been proven to increase the success rate of IVF procedures from 26.1% to 42% in a study published in Fertility and Sterility Journal in April 2002. Your treatments leading up to and through your IVF or IUI protocol will support the phases of your assisted cycle, keep your systems balanced through the process, and help you to hold the intention of conscious conception for you and your child.
Surrogacy and Adoption
These alternative roads to parenthood are not just waiting for a white stork to drop a peaceful baby on your doorstep. All of the excitement and challenges of surrogacy or adoption can take a huge toll on your body and mind-just as you are preparing for many sleepless, yet joyful nights with your little bundle. Conscious conception plays a key role in integrating “life before” to” life with” baby. Your practitioner will help you to transition into parenthood by restoring balance through restful acupuncture sessions.
Haste Makes Waste
The physiological process of getting pregnant is a complex and miracle performance. The dance of conception involves multiple partners: hormones, proteins, fatty acids and their derivatives. Each dancer must interact with its receptor and with other hormones, and also appear and disappear at well-defined times for the correct duration, as dictated by the performance conductors — the hypothalamus and pituitary glands. Just as lighting, props, and stage must be just right, the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and uterus need to be ready to play their roles. It’s easy to see that when your body is not in a state of balance, it can become extremely challenging for conception to occur. Luckily Oriental medicine can help restore balance and optimize your fertility performance.
It takes an average of 2 to 6 menstrual cycles to optimize your fertility using acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and lifestyle changes. This may be frustrating when your biological clock is ticking and every month that passes brings you closer to what western medicine deems “too old” to make a baby. But, in the long run, balancing your body through Oriental medicine is the quickest way to get pregnant even for patients over the age of 40. Consider if you were a world class athlete and you failed to qualify for the Olympics… Wouldn’t it make sense to do some additional training before trying again? The same goes making a baby. Whether you are trying naturally or are undergoing IUI, IVF, or other Assisted Reproductive therapies, Oriental medicine can help by getting your body balanced before and while trying to conceive. Take your time, restore your health and vitality, and fertility will follow.