Other things you can do …
There is much you can do to enhance your fertility and prepare for pregnancy whether you plan to do IVF or not. Below please find some of your options.
Preconception care programmes
Naturopaths who specialise in this area tailor programmes to help you prepare for pregnancy and a healthy baby. They make dietary suggestions and prescribe supplements or herbs.
Darling St Health Centre (Sydney)
Amanda Haberecht Tel 02 9555 8806
Sydney Health & Fertility (Sydney)
Melanie Koeman Tel 02 99765466
The Jocelyn Centre (Sydney)
Francesca Naish Tel 02 9268 9000
Health and Fertility Matters (Sydney)
Vicki Turner Tel 02 9344 4645
The Natural Health and Fertility Centre (Sydney)
Leah Hechtman Tel 1300 787 066
Infertility can put a strain on your relationship and can affect your emotional wellbeing. Timely counselling can provide you with appropriate support and intervention during periods of high stress.
Paddington Medical Centre (Sydney)
Trish Ambler Tel 02 9361 0333
Meditation and Relaxation techniques
Fertility can suffer significantly under the effects of stress, in both men and women. Learning skillful techniques like guided meditation or yoga nidra gives you a remarkably useful daily tool to help undo the damage that stress wreaks.
Shankardev Saraswati and Jayne Stevenson
Yoga is a safe and effective exercise while trying to conceive and during pregnancy. Yoga teaches simple breathing techniques to induce a calm state, and poses to help open and balance the pelvic area and reproductive organs.
Yoga for Fertility
Melinda Rushe Tel 0405 301 730
If you have been trying for 6-12 months to conceive without success, it might be a good idea to have some tests, just in case there is something specific that needs attention. Its best to do this with a certified fertility specialist. Some of these specialists are comfortable seeing patients who use therapies like Chinese medicine.
Gavin Sacks Tel (02) 8305 9800
Juliette Koch Tel (02) 8305 9800
Labour and birth
Acupuncturists who specialise in helping women prepare for and go through labour may also have trained as a doula. This means they will prepare you for labour and be available to assist the midwife throughout your labour in the hospital.
Nicola Marishel, Brook Canning Tel 02 9388 9669
Rebecca Mar Young, Naomi Abeshouse Tel 02 9300 9522
Other relevant sites
The Fertility Society of Australia is the peak body representing scientists, doctors, researchers, nurses, consumers and counsellors in reproductive medicine in Australia and New Zealand.
The Fertility Society of Australia
ACCESS, Australia’s National Infertility Network, is a consumer-based, independent, non-profit organisation committed to being a national voice in promoting the well-being and welfare of infertile people of all ages, through representation in the general community and in the medical, scientific and political arenas.
Australia’s National Infertility Network (ACCESS)
AACMA, The Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association Ltd is the leading national professional association of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners. High standards of education and practice are maintained by AACMA accredited practitioners due to the profession’s determination to provide excellence in acupuncture and TCM health care. AACMA members are bound to a high standard of ethical and professional conduct through adherence to our national practitioner accreditation standards, Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.
The Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association Ltd
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