Infertility Support Group Portland Now Forming

infertility supportWomen’s Infertility Support Group Portland now forming. Limit 5 people.

This session meets every other Thursday from 7-8:30pm with one exception during the holidays.

November 6th, November 20th, December 4th, December 18th, January 8th, January 22nd.

Cost is $180 for 6 sessions.

In this small, confidential group, you will have the support of Anne Dolan, who has over 25 years experience in this field, including leading support groups for RESOLVE: The National Infertility Organization. Additional focus during this series will be How to Get Through the Holidays,” as well as ongoing support and discussion of other issues facing women dealing with infertility.


Call Anne Dolan, LCSW: 617-650-3732


This group is led by Anne Dolan, LCSW who has more than 25 years experience working in this field, including leading support groups for RESOLVE: The National Infertility Organization.

Support Group for Women Trying to Conceive

women's infertility support group Support Group for Women Trying to Conceive

If you have had a bad experience with peer led infertility support groups, this is a refreshing alternative. In this small, confidential group, you will have the support of Anne Dolan, who has over 25 years experience in this field, including leading support groups for RESOLVE: The National Infertility Organization.

The next group is a 6 week series on Thursdays from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM at Blossom Clinic beginning in May, 2014.

$180 for 6 weeks. Call Anne Dolan at 617-650-3732.

Are Your Old Stories Holding You Back?


What old stories do you tell yourself? Are you letting your old stories hold you back?

I am ugly.


I have buck teeth.


I take bad pictures.

This is an old story I tell myself even as an adult.

I had a patient the other day that went through a health crisis in 2011.  She had a stressful, high demand job and found herself with symptoms that were eventually diagnosed as an invisible migraine.  She became dizzy, disoriented and started losing her peripheral vision.  She thought she was dying.  Two years later, even though she came into my office fit and 30 pounds lighter, she was still telling herself the story that she was sick.  I gently called her out on this.  She mentioned a week later that my comment was a revelation for her.

The day she told me this, I had a phone conversation with a very good friend.  I was telling her about something that I was about to do that was scary for me.  She said, “Liz, I think you are telling yourself an old story.” Continue reading

Guided Imagery and Fertility: Setting Intention

infertility support groups portlandGuided Imagery and Fertility: Setting Intention

When I perform acupuncture, I choose different points for different times of the month to help facilitate the body’s natural rhythms.  For example, around the time of ovulation I will choose points that stimulate the ovaries and bring blood flow to that area.  Some of these points have been used for thousands of years.  However, when doing acupuncture, it is not only the function of the point that is important.  One of the most important parts of acupuncture, in my opinion, is the acupuncturist’s intention.  So around the time of ovulation, not only will I needle a point known for stimulating ovulation, I will also visualize in my mind what a follicle looks like when it is releasing an egg.

We say in Chinese Medicine,

Where the mind goes, the Qi goes.

If we can use our mind and direct our breath to various parts of the body, we can bring our qi there as well.  I think about this every time I needle.  I needle with intention.

I  like to encourage my patients to visualize what is going on inside their bodies as well. Here are some links to help you visualize both ovulation and embryo implantation.


Here is a great video from Mayo Clinic demonstrating ovulation.

Embryo Implantation:

After IVF embryo transfer or around the time of implantation 6-12 days post ovulation, I like to visualize what an embryo looks like when it is embedding itself into the uterine wall.  What amazes me most about this process is the synergy between the embryo and the blood vessels of the uterus, how they seemingly communicate with each other.

This is a great video, called Life’s Greatest Miracle, from showing development from the embryonic stage forward. And here is a fabulous video, From Conception to Birth by Alexander Tsiaras.

If you have any other videos or pictures to share, please let me know!

Liz Richards, L.Ac.



Mental Health Day: We ALL need one.

Mental Heath DayIt’s so easy to get lost in the daily routine of life as we’re running around from point A to point B and rushing to point C. Doing what we need to do, day after day, as we are  simultaneously trying to knock off things on the never-ending to-do list. Sometimes we just need a break. A mental break. Have you ever thought about taking a mental health day?

Mental Health Days for YOU

Take that sick day you’ve accrued, or one of your personal days that you still haven’t used since you started that job of yours. It’s important to take a time out and rejuvenate the mind. It not only helps and benefits you, but it also benefits those around you. Sometimes other people notice we need a day away from the daily grind before we do. If you get that nudge, take it as a friendly reminder to keep yourself sane.

Mental Health Day for KIDS!

Adults have control over whether or not they take a mental health day, but kids don’t have that luxury.  That’s why it’s important for us as adults to notice when we see our kids’ overloaded minds getting even momental health day for kidsre overworked screaming for a little break. Kids are so busy these days with school, homework, after school activities, over-stimulation coming at them in all different directions. They need a break too! When I was a kid, my parents would let my siblings and I have a mental health day once a month. Sometimes we forgot to use them, sometimes we didn’t really need to use them, sometimes we needed more than one, but just knowing it was there to use was a comfort. It’s nice to have that support from parents when you just need a break from life, especially as a child. By all means, take a mental health day and play hooky together! Catch up on that parent-child bonding time you’ve been meaning to get to but have been too busy to do so. I bet your child would love to go to the zoo or to a movie with you on a school/work day when everyone else is doing what you’re both supposed to be doing.

So use up those mental health days!

Do whatever it is you want to do on that day… relax, spend time with your family or friends, spend time alone, read a book, go see the ocean, go to a movie, or clean the house and catch up on your to-do list if that is what you want to do. Don’t make a plan, just go with the flow. It’s a day where worries shouldn’t invade the mind and stress should be non-existent. The world won’t stop and life will go on tomorrow just as it was yesterday. So indulge, take a deep breath, dive in and enjoy! This day is all about YOU!

Written by Caroline McGrath, MA, NCC, LPCI