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Coping With Fertility Challenges

You and your partner are ready to start or grow your family but, rather unexpectedly, you’re not getting or staying pregnant. It’s often not so easy to figure out why this is and what to do about it. For most couples, these are existential questions that don’t have easy answers. And they can create a [...]

Recovering From Childbirth With Acupuncture

You made it. You gave birth! Is this your first baby, second, or third? Maybe you gave birth vaginally or delivered via C-section; at home or in a hospital. It is also possible that things didn’t go as expected; your baby may have come early, need medical care, or even be stillborn. You can be [...]

Preparing For Childbirth With Acupuncture

You’re nearing the end of your journey through pregnancy and may be wondering what you can do to encourage natural labor and childbirth to bring your baby into this world. Each phase of your pregnancy had its joys and challenges. Maybe you experienced nausea early on. Aches and pains are not uncommon as your body [...]

How Your Pelvic Floor Is Holding It All Together

Deep inside your body is a network of muscles, tendons, and ligaments attached to your pelvis, a group of bones at the bottom of your torso. Think of it as a flexible and adaptable system, similar to a trapeze, that helps hold your internal organs in place and yet is flexible enough to allow [...]

Can Hormonal Birth Control Affect My Fertility?

The hormonal birth control pill became available in 1960 and helped create a revolution in industrialized countries by enabling women to control if and when they will have babies. Certainly, doctors, researchers and patients initially came under tremendous pressure (and some spent time in jail) for something that gave women more say over their fertility, [...]

Feeling Good During Pregnancy

Carrying an unborn child is usually a joyful and satisfying experience for a woman. You (and your partner) are looking forward to meeting this miracle of conception and growing your family. But pregnancy is also a time when a woman’s body goes through many changes that can affect your physical and emotional wellbeing. These discomforts [...]

PCOS and Pregnancy

Contrary to what your gynecologist may have told you, having a baby is often not as easy if you were diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS for short. To begin with, a large percentage of women in our country manifest with signs and symptoms of PCOS. However, not all cases look the same or [...]

Planning to Grow Your Family?

You’ve found your mate, you’ve decided it’s the right time to start trying, you’ve stopped your oral contraceptives—you’re ready! Well, not so fast. Rising numbers of couples find that conceiving and carrying pregnancy to term are not as easy as they thought. Maybe you’ve already been trying for several months or even experienced the loss [...]

Life After Birth

Expecting mothers these days, encouraged maybe by their friends or doula, create a birth plan while they are pregnant. If that's true for you, are you also thinking about an after-birth plan? Currently, the spotlight is trained more on what to expect at your birth, and how to prepare for it to increase your chances [...]

Birth Coach and Ally: Your Doula

Many expectant parents are now engaging a doula as childbirth approaches. This can be a great choice, especially for first-time mothers or those without local family support. So, what's a doula? A doula is a professionally trained birth coach. Most doulas are women who have given birth themselves and have also attended many more births [...]

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