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.
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I recently had the opportunity to interview a former patient about her journey to pregnancy after she had a miscarriage at 14 weeks. Her fertility story brings tears to my eyes. She now has two beautiful, healthy children.
The desire to have children is so strong. When did you know that you wanted to have a child?
I always knew. When I was a child myself I loved to care for younger kids and I just always imagined myself with a family.
Why did you start seeing an acupuncturist and how do you think it helped you?
In January 2005 I became pregnant and my husband and I were thrilled. We read all the books and did all the things we were supposed to do. When I went in for an ultrasound to check a possible complication with my cervix the radiologist coldly told me something was wrong and gave me the number of a genetic counselor to call. At 12 weeks we learned our baby was not going to make it. At 14 weeks we lost her. I had a D & C (dilation and curettage) procedure. We waited the recommended amount of time to start trying again. We knew we wanted to have a baby. Every month I got my period I became more discouraged and disappointed. Our baby’s due date came and passed and still I was not pregnant. Making it through that due date was so hard. I was tracking my ovulation with ovulation sticks and with my morning temperature. I was charting everything. I had started seeing an MD because it seemed I was ovulating around the last day of my period at times and my cycle was completely unpredictable. One month I had a 40 day cycle, the next month a 27 day cycle.
I had read so much about acupuncture and I started to talk about it with my husband. He searched the internet for someone in Oregon who had experience with families trying to conceive. Thank our lucky stars he found Liz. Liz immediately created a routine that worked along with my medical treatments (progesterone) to regulate my cycle again and she also helped me change my diet and, best of all, relax! I loved the appointments. I felt so confident in Liz’s knowledge and skill that I could just go and rest and calm my body and mind. I started weekly treatments in early December and we were thrilled to learn I was pregnant again in February!
In my final trimester of that healthy pregnancy our baby was transverse breech and happy to be that way. I didn’t want to have the physical manipulation to move her and I hoped to avoid a C-section. Liz helped us again with moxa treatments. I actually saw baby turn that first night! She stayed head down and I had a normal delivery.
What obstacles have you faced in your journey to be a mom? Who supported you?
The obstacles we faced were both mental and physical for me. My husband and I became even closer when we endured the loss of our first pregnancy together. We had an unusual situation where doctors told us there was a less than 1% chance our baby would survive after that fateful ultrasound. We decided right away to make the time we had with that baby special. We were sad but also loving and I genuinely felt happy to have carried our little bundle for as long as I did. I felt like everyone I talked with about our baby was kind and supportive. I was so lucky to have coworkers who understood my sadness during the hard times and knew how to just be there for me and cover for me when I needed it. When we were pregnant again everyone was thrilled and my husband, mom, and mother in law went above and beyond to help me be comfortable and healthy.
What advice do you have for any couples out there who are trying to conceive?
Be a team. You need your partner more than ever when times get challenging. Believe that your little baby can sense your stress and try to relax! It is hard to achieve but I found a path that worked for me through acupuncture and self-hypnosis/ deep relaxation techniques. I think the focus on a healthy mind and body contributed to the happy and calm spirits both of my kids have now! Best wishes!
Where did you come up with the name “Blossom”?
The name blossom came to me one night as I was explaining my vision for a clinic to my husband. It just felt right. I love the idea of something growing and blossoming from the deep ground up. Every one of us has the potential to be whatever we dream of being. It is my job to facilitate that growth help people move through change as gracefully as possible. I work hard to set up a good foundation for treatment and then solidify a plan for the future. It is hard work to break that ground but once that crack is formed, anything is possible.
Blossom also has a special connotation to me personally as a women’s heath practitioner. Being a woman is all about transformation and growth. I primarily see patients who are pregnant or trying to conceive. It is an honor to see my female fertility patients get pregnant, bloom into pregnancy, and then grow as a parent.
What types of treatments are offered at Blossom clinic?
Right now Blossom Clinic is providing Acupuncture, Chinese Herbology, Massage, Amma Therapy (Asian Bodywork), and Nutrition consultations. It is my goal as owner of Blossom to provide the best care within the context of womens health, reproductive health, and family healthcare. Whether you are interested in a relaxing massage of an invigorating one, Blossom can provide that. Interested in doing a cleanse or learning more about foods that are good for you? We would love to chat with you.
The practitioners at Blossom are some of the best in their fields so when you come here, you know that you will be well taken care of. Each practitioner at Blossom owns their own business and has their own area of specialty. Blossom is their umbrella, and we are here to help them with the business ends of things so that they can focus on their patients 100%. We offer free phone or in-house consultations and refer patients regularly if we believe we do not have an acupuncturist, practitioner, or massage therapist who is the right fit for you.
Can you tell us about Blossom Blog?
I love Blossom Blog, partially because I created it all by myself and it is a creative outlet for me. It is not perfect but I figure if I can reach just one person a day and help them, then I have done my job. One of my favorite blogs is one in which I interview a mom who had her twins vaginally. I have had such great feedback about how this helped people realize that they can establish their birth preferences without going straight towards scheduling a C-section. I personally had a c-section and a vaginal birth, and I know that when it comes to labor and delivery, things do not always go as planned.
My goal is not to tell people what is right and wrong, but to empower people and provide food for thought. I love answering the Frequenly Asked Questions about acupuncture and fertility, and I hope to catch people before they are far on the road of trying to conceive. I think acupuncture in conjunction Assisted Reproductive Technology and on the day of IVF embryo transfer is also very important