We kick off with a surprising glimpse into Farris’ pre-acupuncture past (cloning cows?!), and delves into the way IVF affects the human body. Suzanne and Farris both talk about the importance of knowing your body. We also touch on how the Western medical system portrays pregnancy and fertility as illnesses requiring aggressive, and often invasive, treatment. Farris, Suzanne and Malika all stress the importance of a support network, clear communication between partners, and a web of connected providers offering insight and advice from several angles. (For example, nutritionists, therapists, acupuncturists, naturopaths, etc., in addition to your primary care practitioner throughout fertility treatments and pregnancy.)
We then talk about what IVF is, exactly. Suzanne walks us through the hormones and processes involved in IVF, including some explanation of parallel treatments like inter-uterine insemination (IUI). We tackle this from both a Western and Chinese medicine perspective, paying particular attention to when it’s most important in the cycle to come in for acupuncture. Malika then walks us through a doula’s role in the fertility process, from pregnancy to baby to post-partum care.
Malika sums it up best when asked how a person can prepare for labor, though it works just as well for undergoing IVF or fertility treatments, and birth itself: Trust your body.
More information about Suzanne and Little Bird can be found here, DC Doula here and Jenny’s writing and radio work here.
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