Here are a few things people have said over the years about their infertility acupuncture / holistic fertility coaching experiences.
◆ I wanted to let you know that I had a baby girl in January... She was born at 38 weeks. Had uncomplicated vaginal delivery. She is doing well and getting bigger. I love having her. Thank you very much for your advice and acupuncture. MI, Ohio, Winter 2013
◆ I just wanted to send you a quick note to say thank you. I'm happy to say that I am 12 weeks pregnant and everything looked great at our 12 week scan. I don't think that this would have been possible without your help...I also think that the few months I took off to center myself, learn more about my body, receive regular acupuncture treatments...played a huge role.
I truly appreciate all of your guidance and knowledge.
THANK YOU!!!! JL, Ohio Winter 2013
◆ Today, I heard the baby's heart beat for the first time by using a doppler. It was amazing. I wanted to share the news with you. MI Ohio Summer 2012
◆ "We have been blessed to welcome twin boys...into our family. I wanted to thank you as these little boys were the result of your treatments as well as your advice. Thank you for everything." EH. Summer 2012
◆ "I just wanted to say thank you for the great information and acupuncture. Our second round of IVF was successful. Twins! We saw their heartbeats almost three weeks ago and go back again in one week. Keeping my fingers crossed. Thanks again." HP. Ohio, October 2012
◆ "Our infertility journey was a very long emotional road and it's hard to put into words all the disappointments and despair we experienced. However, the day I was introduced to Hannah was one of the most hopeful days I had experienced in years. Previously, we had endured over 12 years of this journey with 4 ICSI/IVFs, 1 GIFT, and 1 FET all with failure. I began to look at alternative measures as I strongly felt that we were missing something and wasn’t ready to close the book yet.
A dear friend led me to Hannah where she began to look at additional areas that had never been addressed...and of course specific acupuncture regimens specifically for me.
For the first time there was a glimmer of hope in the midst of deep sadness. After moving to a new practice (out of state) where acupuncture was a strong factor in the protocol and 14 years later, we have been blessed with a baby boy. I cannot express my gratitude and heartfelt thanks to Hannah with her expertise, positive energy and encouragement." L.H. Columbus OH 2007
◆ "I can't thank you enough! Success! One baby with a strong heartbeat due in July. It would not have happened without you, your skill and knowledge and encouragement. Thanks again."
S.T. Columbus OH 2005
◆ "I want to thank you so much for all your help during our IVF experience. I really feel that your acupuncture sessions helped me, I would feel so great and very relaxed after my sessions. Tomorrow I will be 10 weeks. Our little miracle looks great and I feel awesome! All my deepest thanks."
J.F. Columbus Ohio
◆ "I just wanted to share the news that we are now pregnant!. Thank you so much for all that you did to help us attain our goal. You were such an amazing support system for me and I so much value your knowledge. Thank you again." L.B. Columbus, OH.
◆ "Where do I begin to thank you for all you've done for me throughout my IVF process? I am not sure I could have made it without you and your needles. Many thanks." K.A Columbus Ohio
◆ "I have two children, ages 13 and two years. I had no problem conceiving my first child and expected to get pregnant right away the second time. After trying for about six months I tried Clomid which did little for my fertility and lots to make me feel crazy, hence, I took myself off it quickly. When I began seeing Hannah for my fertility problems one issue I had was that I was not having menstrual periods. I had taken birth control pills for 10 years and had been off them for a year but my menses never returned.
I saw Hannah for 2-3 months when I conceived before ever having a regular period that was more than light spotting. The fertility acupuncture was the only thing that I did differently. With acupuncture I was able to conceive even without having re-established a monthly cycle! I highly recommend anyone with fertility problems to see Hannah." S.T. Columbus Ohio
◆ "I have been a patient of Hannah Calef for over 2 years. She has been such an inspiration in my life in so many ways. I had joined a fertility support group and the women couldn't say enough kind words about Hannah.
My husband and I decided we would meet with her to discuss my history of miscarriage and infertility. We were pleasantly surprised at how genuinely she cared about her patients. She has spent quality time with me, getting to know my health history and discovering ways to improve the insomnia, depression and anxiety which I experienced during my struggle with infertility.
Hannah made it possible for me to conceive when all odds were against me. I was a 35 year old woman with endometriosis, low progesterone, hypothyroidism and horrible eating habits.
I took her advice on limiting exercise, while adding relaxation techniques, such as yoga. After 6 months of working with Hannah, my dreams finally come true. I now have a 1 year old little boy, conceived naturally and I am seeing Hannah again to try for baby number two!
I feel very optimistic, even though I am 37 years old and continuing to fight endometriosis, hypothyroidism and insomnia.
I have confidence that I will become a proud mother of two, with the help and guidance that Hannah provides during her acupuncture sessions. She truly cares about her patients and is so informative with advice on how to increase your chances of fertility once again. I have faith in her, and I know my dream will come true again some day." (Baby #2 arrived very quickly too!)"
R. Burton, Columbus Ohio
◆ "I started to see Hannah when my husband and I were trying to have our second child. We had no problem conceiving our first when I was 35. However, at 37 when we tried for baby number two things did not go as smoothly.
After trying for about 1 year (and one miscarriage), I met with a reproductive endocrinologist. Everything looked good, tubes open, my FSH was low (3 originally but later on tested at 5) and the doctors were not sure what my issue might be.
At this time I also began meeting with Hannah, I was referred by a friend. At once I felt at ease with Hannah. Her manner was friendly, down to earth and informative, I felt like we were a “team” battling my baby troubles.
I began seeing Hannah at “key” times in my cycle for acupuncture, but I also greatly appreciated the additional tips and information she passed along as well. Especially helpful was the information about my thyroid, as I am hypothyroid and we discussed this could perhaps be part of my problem.
I went through clomid and injectible medicines while doing these acupuncture treatments, but had no success after a few attempts of each.
I moved onto IVF eventually after about 10 months and the acupuncture treatments during this time were continued. I do firmly believe that the treatments helped us conceive on the first IVF attempt.
IVF is so stressful and even knowing the scientific benefits of acupuncture, the stress relief was just as important for me. We are now expecting a baby boy in July and are thrilled…and so thankful to our doctors and Hannah as well.
I feel like the more proactive I was in the process, asking questions, making adjustments to meds, receiving acupuncture…the more it helped and ultimately resulted in success!
Today, at 39 I am blessed to be an “older” mom of a beautiful little girl and in a few short months a beautiful little boy!"
Heather D. 2010
◆ "I'm the type of person that doesn't typically believe in alternative medical treatments and other treatments that seem a little off the beaten path.
However, after having an early miscarriage, then struggling to conceive again for over a year I was willing to try anything. I had heard about acupuncture working for other people,, so I thought it was worth a try. What did I have to lose?
My husband and I had been through so much already, I thought I owed it to us to try every option out there.
With a diagnosis of unexplained fertility under my belt, and six failed cycles of clomid, I left one reproductive doctor to see another. He recommended that I start follicle stimulating shots.
In the cycle prior to starting these, I heard about Hannah and acupuncture and the great results that others had enjoyed after seeing her. I gave her a call, and after one treatment, I was no longer a non-believer. I knew I had turned a corner.
Acupuncture treatments aren't painful and are very relaxing. I would prefer them over a massage any day. I left every treatment feeling great. Hannah was automatically tuned into what was going on with my body. We discussed at length my medical history, my goals, and my lifestyle. I found myself very much looking forward to my time with her.
Whether it was the small changes I made, or the acupuncture itself, I got pregnant that cycle, with no assistance from fertility drugs.
I avoided the shots I was so dreading and finally got to see two lines on a pregnancy test after many tears and many sleepless nights.
I believe that my time with Hannah helped my body recharge and prepare to become pregnant again. Even if I hadn't fallen pregnant, I would have valued my time with Hannah just the same.
I owed it to myself to carve out some time just for me, to talk about my goals to become a mother in an environment that wasn't completely medical in nature.
I would recommend Hannah's services to any woman trying to conceive under any circumstances. Hannah is warm and caring and easy to talk to. I thank her for the role she played in my falling pregnant... finally!"
M. P. Columbus OH 2010
◆ "After many years of infertility, undergoing 14 rounds of injectibles, and having 2 miscarriages, my sister, who is a doctor, suggested, “why don’t you try acupuncture?” Thank God I found Ms.Hannah Calef! I have used her services for the purposes of increasing my chances of a successful pregnancy.
She welcomes you into her home office with a soothing atmosphere and positive energy...Research has shown that acupuncture can increase your chances an additional 50% above the standard medical treatment for infertility.
I have had two successful rounds of acupuncture treatment by Ms. Calef for IVF, and I was successful on the first try each time.
I now have two wonderful, healthy children and I am 43 years old. I am planning a third embryo transfer and would not even attempt this third IVF without her.
Don't go one more day without Hannah's expertise. I feel blessed to hear the pitter patterof my two children's feet."
Best Wishes Cyndi Mignone.
◆ "My husband & I were each 35 when we started trying to conceive. We got married later in life, so this was our timing. We tried for close to a year on our own; unsuccessfully. We had various testing procedures done during that year; including my husband's sperm count, an HCG, ultrasounds, monthly, weekly & daily blood screens and draws checking for hormone levels.
It wasn't until we were referred to Hannah that we really began to see the error of our ways. We truly believe it was Hannah's guidance and intervention... getting me to scale back on running, and just focus on calmness that did the trick for us! It only took us 3 months of seeing Hannah to conceive our first child; and we just recently conceived our second (1 year after our first was born) on our own without any assistance.
Hannah's calm, reassuring demeanor, her passion for what she does, and her compassion for us and our story made all the difference. She was a fantastic confidant and I continually recommend friends struggling with infertility to her; even friends who live hours away!"
Lisa B. Columbus OH
◆ "After having difficulty becoming pregnant, our fertility specialist suggested acupuncture. I was surprised at first, but quickly decided to give it a try.
Hannah’s professionalism and knowledge immediately put me at ease. In addition, her experience dealing with fertility patients was obvious from the start. She was able to offer valuable insight regarding the entire IVF process, and she truly helped us to focus our energy in a positive way.
Our twins were born in February, and I am convinced that acupuncture contributed to the successful pregnancy." MAF, Spring 2010
◆ "I had seen you last November/December several times in an attempt to conceive my second child. I had a beautiful healthy baby boy four weeks ago!! I just can't thank you enough... I am absolutely certain that you are the reason that I have two beautiful children!! I just rave about you and acupuncture in general to everyone!! I just wanted you to know how important what you do is and how thankful I am that I came to you!!" JW 2010
◆"Thank you so much for all of your help, support and advice which made our little boy possible...I so much appreciate all of your time and flexibility to work within the proper time frames! You taught me so much that I may not have learned from Drs. Thank you again." KM 2011
◆ "I would not be pregnant without Hannah Calef. I found Hannah when I moved to Columbus because I was looking for an acupuncturist to help manage my endometriosis and interstitial cystitis pain. Hannah asked if I would also like to become pregnant. I told her I would, but I had honestly given up on that possibility. I had an older son that we had trouble conceiving. And in the process of interviewing endometriosis surgeons, I was not given much hope of conceiving on my own again.
One doctor at Cleveland Clinic told me I wouldn’t conceive without IVF. And one doctor at Vanderbilt told me I wouldn’t conceive without IVF with donor eggs (based on some lab work).
I told Hannah my first goal was pain management, and my second goal was conception. She also gave me the name of a doctor that worked with infertility patients.
It took a while for the doctor to do all the infertility testing because I had to take a charting course first (to chart my cycles). During that time, Hannah worked with me to reduce my pain. She was also an amazing networking resource for medical providers for a multitude of other health issues I was having. She was a wealth of knowledge on regular medical studies as well.
When I relay what I have learned from Hannah, my mother fondly calls her a “walking encyclopedia.” She would make recommendations for testing (that I relayed to my doctor and he followed through on) based on things she observed in me such as a sluggish pulse.
Once the doctor did lab work and decided to put me on medication, I continued to work with Hannah. The cycle I became pregnant was an interesting one. It was my second cycle on the medication but my first cycle doing acupuncture around ovulation.
When I went in for my acupuncture treatment, I asked if she was putting more needles in my feet than usual. She told me that she was because she was working on “conception lines.”
I had determined this cycle was a “throw away” cycle because, for some reason, my “fertile mucus” was gone. In fact, my charting coach looked at my chart, commented on it, and asked if I was taking any new supplements or antihistamines that would cause this. (I was not.) So, I wasn’t sure I even ovulated.
Three days before my period I remembered that I was supposed to stop my medication only after a negative pregnancy test. So I tested. Imagine my surprise when I got a positive pregnancy test! I immediately called Hannah and told her I thought she had “done something to me” because I had thought it was a “throw away” cycle.
Hannah is the only acupuncturist in the area that can work on pregnant women. And she continued to treat me during pregnancy because I had horrible all day nausea and insomnia. She has continued to be an excellent resource as I began having some thyroid issues during pregnancy and needed to find an endocrinologist. I will definitely continue to use her after pregnancy for pain management.
Honestly I had given up any hope of having another child and really doubted my body. But Hannah has always been so upbeat and positive, and I really do not think she ever had the doubt that I did.
JRH Columbus OH 2011
◆ "I want the thank you for all of your help last year with regard to my issues with fertiltiy. I found your knowledge and insight particularly invaluable and I greatly appreciated the opportunity to learn from you. I believe I benefitted greatly from your treatments as well as your ideas and suggestions as they related to my individual situation. You also went out of your way to help me find local reourses that could assist with my medical treatmentand I REALLYappreciated that as well.
So I am SO thrilled to share with you the news that we delivered a healthy baby boy ane we simply couldn't be happier! Thank you again for everything you did to help this dream come true!! Best regards." TS Columbus OH 2012
◆ "I first want to start by saying a GIANT thank you! We have good news that we are about 7 1/2 weeks pregnant and did get to hear a heartbeat. Your direction, love, and guidance is what we contribute a lot of our success to. Thank you for all you have done... I just wanted to thank you!" KH Summer 2012
◆ "I am sitting here today with 2 beautiful babies who I can not get enough of. It was a very long journey to get where I am today. However, I could not have done it without you. I look back and remember how scary and stressful that time was in my life. It was you that gave me the tools and helped me put my mind at ease so I could have success on this road of IVF.
After every session I always felt so energized and confident that the medicine and IVF procedure will work for me and it did! Whenever I had a questions or a concern about something I knew I could always come to you. I would recommend anyone who is struggling on the road of fertility to contact you.
Hannah, you truly have a unique gift I am forever thankful. I wish you the very best."
CF Spring 2014
◆ "I wanted to let you know our good news - I delivered a daughter on July 26 at 1:30pm... she is healthy as can be! I attached a few pictures of her in the hospital.
I wanted to thank you for your invaluable advice and support, your accupuncture treatments, and your referral... I truly believe we would not have a child right now if it were not for you and I am forever grateful!
Thank you for everything and I will be in touch when we are ready for baby #2!" AR Fall 2013
◆ "Hannah, I just wanted to let you know I am currently 14 weeks pregnant! It is such an exciting time, and I am so grateful for the wonderful advice you gave me a few months ago. Thanks." Chelsea F. Utah, Spring 2010.
◆ "You are a miracle worker! I got a positive test on Saturday and today my HCG was 540...Thank you for everything" JB Ohio Spring 2012
◆ "My baby is 8 months old now and the love of my life....thank you so much for helping make that happen. Thanks so much!" EM Spring 2012
◆ "I wanted you to be one of the first to know that I'm officially 8 weeks pregnant!...Everything looks great so far!...I just wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the support, advice, and encouragement you gave me throughout our infertility journey, and especially during my IVF cycle...I don't have the words to express my gratitude - thank you doesn't seem like enough!...I just wanted you to know how thankful I am that I found you at this time in my life! Thanks again," LS, Ohio, Winter 2013
◆ " I have been a patient of Hannah's for about 3 years now. By the time I came to her, I had already completed 5-6 IUI's, 1 IVF and I FET with no luck and only "unexplained infertility" as an answer.
With her help and patience, I was able to work with different doctors recommended by her to isolate possible issues. From endometriosis to thyroid management, then I went to Denver - CCRM to have my IVFs done, all based on her recommendation.
With the initial testing in Denver, it was determined that I had less blood flow in the uterus and the only way this could be fixed was with Acupuncture.
So CCRM recommended me to get Acupuncture treatments before the IVF. I was very glad that Hannah was already up to speed on the protocol to be used for this treatment and I didn't have to do any research at all on this subject.
The protocol entailed twice a week treatments for a month before transfer and treatments just before and after embryo transfer. After this treatment, it did show a visible improvement in the index number showing an improvement in blood flow. I was glad that the treatment worked well on me.
With CCRM, I did have better luck with producing higher quality eggs that were used for transfer. I tried all options with FISH testing on embryos as well as CGH testing on all 23 chromosomes. Even with this effort, I had a couple of miscarriages and was not sure how to proceed further or what the issues were.
Hannah was so helpful and suggested another avenue - a book titled "Is Your Body Baby Friendly - By Dr.Alan Beer. " and decided it would be helpful to consult someone in Chicago regarding some options. Hannah suggested Dr.Carolyn Coulam in Chicago and in working with her, IVIg was suggested as an option since all else had not worked.
After much thought, a large part in consultation with her, we decided to try this treatment and then proceeded to complete the FET in Denver.
This was finally successful and now we have a little 5 1/2 month old healthy boy who weighed 8lb 1 oz at birth, after 10 years of marriage !!
I can't thank Hannah enough for guiding me through this emotional roller coaster ride that we had to go through. I am not sure how I would have navigated all of it without her help...Chinese acupuncture...and more importantly giving me support and counseling me through all of it.
My words here do not do justice to the amount of interest she took in helping me through this maze called Infertility, all while keeping a positive outlook - of looking for a silver lining in the dark clouds!! Thank You so much Hannah." Radha - Columbus Ohio, Oct 2009.
◆ "Hannah was recommended to me after multiple failed pregnancies. She offered so much more than acupuncture....she reviewed my medical history and identified a thyroid problem that no other doctor or medical professional had ever mentioned might be related to my recurrent miscarriages.
Hannah continued to treat me with acupuncture...through a second and third IVF cycle. She has always been available to answer any questions I've had; before, during and after my pregnancies. Hannah's counsel is always backed by her vast and solid knowledge of the most current fertility studies. Her practice is the perfect blend of Eastern medicine and advice about proven Western medical techniques.
I would not waste my money going through another fertility treatment without her. Hannah's practice and fertility treatments go hand in hand. We now have a beautiful baby boy and I truly believe Hannah is the reason he is here today."
T.H. Columbus Ohio 2009
◆ "Our son has finally arrived after fourteen years of marriage. I thank you so much for all your help." J.M Columbus OH
◆ "Hannah's help was invaluable as we navigated infertility. There is so much information out there and it is so overwhelming to try to figure out what to pay attention to. There is also the tremendous emotional toll that infertility takes, creating further overwhelm.
Having Hannah make suggestions about which tests to ask for was invaluable. She encouraged me to have my thyroid monitored closely as I was going through IVF because the levels can fluctuate requiring dosage changes. There was also a protocol she suggested I ask my doctor about that had been helpful for recurrent pregnancy loss.
In short, Hannah is a wealth of information regarding infertility treatment. I was also lucky enough to be able to take advantage of her acupuncture skills.
Her calm reassuring presence was just what I needed during that difficult time. I am very glad we had Hannah's expertise to rely on as we went about the process of deciding what type of treatment to pursue, which clinic to work with and which tests to have done. I know that her assistance played a huge role in our ultimate success."
L. Gillispe, Gahannah, Ohio 2009
◆ "Infertility was a long, arduous journey for us, and Hannah's knowledge of infertility really helped me deal with the emotional ups and downs of the treatment process.
Hannah was readily available to answer questions for me and to schedule me in conjunction with my treatment. I really benefited from her very specialized expertise.
Acupuncture also helped me cope with an ovarian cyst that arose during the course of our treatment - Hannah was so helpful in dealing with this obstacle, and I'm convinced that her treatment saved us a costly trip to the emergency room!
I would highly recommend acupuncture to anyone considering infertility treatment, and Hannah's knowledge and commitment to infertility was an integral part of our ultimate success in becoming pregnant!"
Name withheld, Columbus Ohio. 2009
◆ "Thank you for "hounding" me to see a new doctor. At every appointment you would ask if I had seen him yet & I kept saying no.
Well, I got pregnant last Nov, even though I miscarried, it showed me I could get pregnant on my own. I thought I had to go through IVF because I was told my tubes were blocked (thank you for your persistence!!).
I am now 10 1/2 weeks pregnant & everything looks great! My numbers have went up so high so fast they thought I may be carrying twins, but at my ultrasound at 7 weeks, it only showed one.
I want to thank you for educating me about my body & referring me to this wonderful natural method. I wish I had started here 6 years ago instead of going through all those procedures, hormone supplements, etc. THANK YOU!!!"
◆"What words could I find to possibly express my gratitude and appreciation for what you have done for me and ultimately given to me?
When I first started coming to you, it was based on recommendations for stress relief. Little did I know that relieving stress was only the tip of the iceberg!
After years of trying to get pregnant, your application and use of acupuncture were able to regulate my cycles and increase my ovulation. There is no doubt in my mind that my acupuncture treatments were an unbelievable part of the success that we ultimately achieved.
I'm thrilled to be lying next to my 3 month old daughter as I write this to you!
I strongly and unequivocally recommend acupuncture to anyone struggling with fertility issues or other body "issues", for that matter. (I also saw a noticeable decrease in my fibromyalgia symptoms while receiving treatment from you!)
Thank you, Hannah for everything that you did for me! I am truly grateful and appreciative!" Always, Lisa Beck
◆ "My husband and I attribute much of our success in having a child last year to Hannah. After trying to conceive for two years, both naturally and with medical assistance, I contacted Hannah.
I had tried acupuncture before, but had found the needles painful and the experience uncomfortable. This wasn’t the case when I worked with Hannah.
In addition to providing a relaxing and painless acupuncture experience, Hannah supplied me with invaluable advice and calming support.
I had been diagnosed with “unexplained” infertility. Even though testing hadn’t revealed any specific diagnosis, Hannah encouraged me to make some changes to my diet, and in addition to regular acupuncture sessions, suggested that I consider working with a fertility clinic in another part of the state. Thank goodness that we did.
Our experiences at the two fertility clinics could not have been more different.
During the weeks leading up to and during my IVF round with this new doctor, I met with Hannah twice a week. My husband and I were thrilled when the number of eggs that I produced doubled from a previous IVF cycle.
Additionally, Hannah was gracious enough to wake up very early on the morning of my embryo transfer to provide me with treatment, and I also returned to her immediately afterwards.
Our healthy girl was born in June of 2009. Both my husband and I are beyond grateful to Hannah and her expertise. We are going to try to conceive again, and with Hannah’s help, we are hopeful."
With so much gratitude – G.P., Columbus
◆"My infertility journey began with my husband and I having 3 miscarriages within a very short period of time. My OB/GYN referred me to a reproductive endocrinologist, who I did not feel was on the right track to find out why I could not maintain a pregnancy. I found Hannah through her website and she suggested trying a different RE, and noticed through some of the testing I had recieved that my thyroid might be an issue. I worked with the new Dr. who treated my thyroid, but unfortunately, had another miscarriage. Hannah then suggested I see a dr. in Chicago, who is a reproductive immunologist who specializes in miscarriages. They found I had a other immune system issues and blood flow problems that also needed to be addressed. I worked with their office in addition to a doctor's office here who has worked with them before. With medication, I was able to have a successful pregnancy, and welcomed my daughter in January 2012. The best advice I could give for anyone struggling with any type of infertility is to trust your instincts. If you do not feel you are working with the right doctor, or receiving the right care, do your best to find someone that you have confidence in. If we had not found Hannah, and the doctor in Chicago, I do not feel like we would have our child today. "
CD, Columbus OH 2012
◆ "After six years of trail and error reproductive treatments, we finally got on the road to success after getting a reproductive immunology blood workup.
We had previously experienced three miscarriages with no known explanation during our seven attempts at IVF (4fresh and 3 frozen cycles). Our determination to have a child of our own and to find the reason for the unknown diagnosis kept us going.
Success came when we consulted with Hannah and began a three month course of Lupron to clear up the mild case of endometriosis prior to our next cycle.
Hannah reviewed our history and prescribed a plan which included acupuncture twice a week...We had previously consulted with several reproductive endocrinologist about our history and many of them did not believe that there was a correlation with the immune system and reproduction as there have not been many significant studies.
Well, we are proof that making sure the immune system is in order prior to IVF is essential to success. If we had done this when we were first diagnosed as unknown, it would have saved us a lot of heart ache and pain.
Our final and last IVF cycle that produced our daughter began with an immune workup from the Alan E. Beer center in California, a three month course of Lupron, two trips to Mexico (LIT treatment), and acupuncture. If it were not for the listening ear and tailored treatment from Hannah, Dr. Slayden at Reproductive Biology Associates and the people at the Alan E. Beer center we would not be the proud parents of a beautiful daughter.
Although it may have taken six years to get here, when we wake up each morning to the smiles of our darling child, we really can't complain. It was so worth it!!!!" RJ and HJ 2010
◆"After 2 years of trying to conceive, I came across Hannah’s name on the Internet, and that made all the difference. She combined her knowledge and techniques with my existing treatment, and, when I could no longer continue with that clinic, she suggested a new doctor more suited to what I needed.
Between Hannah’s coaching and the new doctor’s treatment, I was pregnant on my first try.
I am now 20 weeks pregnant with my miscarriage chances down to that of a normal pregnancy.
I continue to email her when I have questions about my pregnancy, and it is such a comfort to know that I have someone like her to reach out to.
I often felt like I was stumbling through the dark during those 2 years, trying to figure out which way to go; stumbling across Hannah’s name was a huge blessing and I’m so grateful for her help."
H.M Columbus Summer 2011
◆ "Thank you so much for the wonderful care you provided during my first trimester. Those visits were one of the most important things I did for myself both physically and emotionally, they truly helped me to get through these first weeks.
I certainly feel I have done everything within my power to make this a healthy pregnancy. Thank you so much for your care and support and for answering so many questions!" JK 2008
◆ "I have definite proof of acupuncture healing and helping me. This proof is a beautiful baby girl who we waited on for five years. She was conceived after just three months of treatment. Through acupuncture...I have had a lot more energy and just felt a lot better. I hope more people realize how helpful acupuncture could be." Sue L. Reynoldsburg, OH 2003
◆ "I wanted to thank you - again - for your help, with the acupuncture, with your support and information. We know that you had a great deal to do with this successful pregnancy. Your weekly treatments have been so important to me and to our success in getting pregnant. We're both so grateful. If we decide to try again I know that you will be the first person I call." Columbus OH 2009
◆ My fertility journey with all of its ups and downs started nearly 15 years ago. Like so many other couples my husband and I tried and tried to get pregnant on our own, but we just could not find success. After a few tests and even surgery we discovered that I had advanced endometriosis and I had hypothyroidism. As luck would have it, even after treatment I still had no positive pregnancy test. It was difficult to hear, but eventually my gynecologist told me I needed to seek the help of a fertility specialist.
We immediately researched to find the best reproductive endocrinologist within driving distance of our home. It did not take long to find a doctor with a great reputation and set up an appointment. Although I was young (still in my 20’s), I did not want to waste any time. After meeting with the doctor for the first time both my husband and I felt very confident in his ability to help us conceive a child. I look back at how much faith we put in his ability and I wish we would have taken the time to research options and come to an understanding of all our fertility treatment options.
We spent so much time flying blind through this devastating time in our lives. We wasted seven valuable fertility years and thousands of dollars because we just did what the doctors told us to do. By some miracle we did finally get pregnant, and nine long months of severe nausea and vomiting later we gave birth to a beautiful healthy baby boy. The only thing I knew for sure when he was born was my love for him and my strong desire to have more children.
Since it was so difficult to get pregnant and since my pregnancy was anything but easy we decided to give ourselves a few years before trying again. Once again we went back to the doctor we felt comfortable with and trusted. We told ourselves that he did actually give us a baby so we would be crazy to go anywhere else. After several failures, we decided to become more involved in our care.
This time we did not have time on our side and we were getting nervous that our fertility years were not going to last forever, and maybe our money would not last either. After researching lots of information, we made another appointment with our doctor and this time we were armed with knowledge and no longer willing to just merely participate in the plan laid out before us.
This is when I made the best choice I have ever made in my journey to complete my family. I insisted on incorporating anything and everything that could enhance my chances of getting pregnant and I asked him to recommend an acupuncturist to me.
I called her right away to make an appointment. It was such a relief to talk to someone who really understood every aspect of fertility treatments.
I immediately felt a sense of comfort in knowing she would be with me from the start to the finish of my treatment.
It was at this exact time that I got the call from the doctor’s office that informed me that my gut was right. My time for fertility was running out. My FSH had gone from a 6 to a 14 in less than a year.
Suddenly, my treatment went from average to aggressive. I went from having an average chance of conceiving with IVF to less than ten percent. It was a quick call to Hannah that put everything into perspective and with her peaceful and calming way she had me back to my positive self in a matter of moments. She rearranged her schedule to change my appointments to accommodate this unsettling news.
Hannah gave me knowledge and tools to get through this extremely taxing battle of IVF. She encompasses every aspect of life to enhance your chances of not just conceiving but conceiving a healthy baby.
It was fascinating to realize that egg quality starts months before the treatment and what I do has an effect on those eggs. For the first time in nearly 9 years of trying to conceive I felt like I had some control over my destiny. Hannah gave me hope even when things looked hopeless.
Obviously, I was used to needles when I started going to Hannah but I was a little nervous about having needles stuck all over me. After the first stick, I knew I was in good hands. I never felt the needles at all and even better once they were in place the overwhelming feeling of peace is addicting. My body felt so calm and rejuvenated during and after the treatments.
The real advantage of acupuncture is not just the relaxing and calming effect it can have during the most stressful time of your life, but the extensive knowledge of the body the acupuncturist has.
Hannah is so extremely knowledgeable about fertility and about all the different protocols and medicines. With her positive attitude and guidance I was lucky to make two excellent embryos and got pregnant with my daughter.
The pregnancy was horrible again, but with 28 hospital stays and lots of lines to get nutrition, fluid and meds in me I gave birth to a healthy, gorgeous baby girl. My daughter would have never been here had it not been for Hannah and her vigilance with my health.
It was just a few years later that I could not let go of the dream to have another child. We decided to go for IVF again. I immediately called Hannah.
We met with the doctor and after seeing my FSH at 17 and via my request finding out my AMH was .2 he agreed that things would be an uphill battle but he was willing to give it a shot.
He gave us less than a 5% chance of getting pregnant but he was willing to give it a shot.
I had no down regulation at all. I started stimulation drugs right from the start and in 8 short days my eggs were ready for extraction. I enjoyed my acupuncturist during the cycle but it was Hannah who was there coaching me through the cycle again.
This time I made the best quality eggs I had ever made. When I went for my FSH test before the cycle started it had dropped to a 10 from 17. Although I was 38 now this was my best cycle and to my surprise we not only got pregnant we got pregnant with twins.
The pregnancy was the worst ever and literally I was kept alive via a central line and prayers. It was difficult but through 36 weeks of bed rest I finally gave birth to a son and a daughter. They were both healthy and they came home with me from the hospital. They are just amazing, beautiful and fun.
I would recommend Hannah to anyone and everyone who is about to embark on this journey through infertility. My deepest regret in my journey through infertility is that I wasted so much time trying to conceive my first child simply because I did not take charge and reach out to Hannah for guidance. Hannah is the perfect balance between the modern and ever changing infertility treatments and a more natural and homeopathic way of overcoming this terrible disease. Her services will save you money and a lot of heartache in what is one of the most challenging events in your life.