I was about to start my third round of IVF. This time my husband and I were relying on the assistance of an anonymous egg donor. To no surprise, I was an emotional wreck. Would it work this time now that we had the eggs from someone who actually helped couples get pregnant in the past? What if she changed her mind? What if something came up and she missed a lab appointment? What if everything worked out with the donor, but I wasn’t able to carry a pregnancy to full term?
To make sure this cycle worked, I gave up my career, cut back my intense daily 90 minute exercise routines, ate as healthy as possible, and took prenatal vitamins religiously each day. Still, I was desperate to make sure I did everything possible to get pregnant. I called my doctor at CWRC and begged him to tell me what else I could do. There had to be something more. He recommended I make an appointment with Angela.
I had serious doubts that acupuncture would work. I felt like it was more of a scam that would only raise my hopes. I was proven wrong. Angela was warm and listened to my story and understood my concerns. During the first appointment, she started me on a path to preparing my mind, body, and spirit for a pregnancy. Through her diet recommendations and meditation, I focused on getting a sort of balance that would prepare me for a healthy pregnancy.
Once I did get pregnant, Angela continued to be my support system. She listened to my concerns, shared in my excitement, and provided me with a wealth of knowledge regarding the testing as well as the physical and mental changes that accompany pregnancy. When I received some scary test results, I truly felt like she was just as concerned as I was. She too felt like the event was unfair, but helped me stay mentally strong to handle additional testing. When everything turned out fine, I honestly felt like she shared in my joy.
My son is now almost 6 months old. He’s healthy, happy, and everything I dreamed about. I honestly feel there is no way I could have survived IVF without Angela. She was the missing piece during those first few failed IVF attempts.
I was at my wits end when I first met Angela. I was introduced by a mutual friend, and I cancelled three times before I finally went to see her. I am a single woman who had been trying to get pregnant on my own for nine months with two unsuccessful pregnancies under my belt. It seemed I could get pregnant, but I couldn’t stay pregnant, and I was at a loss for what to do. I had heard that acupuncture helped with fertility, but I had no idea what it was and was skeptical of the needles and how its Eastern philosophy could help me in my desire to have a family. But I was willing to try anything.
Anything turned out to be everything. I didn’t fully realize how much I was in need of help and support on my journey until I met Angela. Not only did her needles bring a sense of calm that I had never experienced before; she provided support, understanding and guidance that continues to be invaluable to me. She helped me navigate the fertility world and learn what questions to ask, tests to request, and factors to consider. Together, we gently questioned my motives and my beliefs. And when she felt I was ready, she guided me to books, meditation, and new ways of thinking that truly changed my life.
Angela not only became my acupuncturist, she became my therapist, my dietician, and my cheerleader. She had told me she needed to work with me for at least three months. And almost three months later, I become pregnant for the third time—a third and successful time. And I am now the proud mother of a beautiful 6-month-old baby girl. I will be forever grateful to Angela for her help in making my daughter possible. But I am more grateful for the new outlook on life that I discovered with Angela’s help that will undoubtedly make me a much healthier, happier, and well-rounded person and parent.