Featured Success Story

At 34 weeks pregnant, my baby was in the breech position

At 34 weeks pregnant, my baby was in the breech position. I came to Raeghan Siemens in desperation, unsure of what acupuncture and moxabustion was all about; I was willing to try anything to get the baby to turn. I was planning a home birth and if the baby didn't turn in time, I would be scheduled for a C-section. I felt overwhelmed and full of anxiety.

After a year of trying medical infertility treatments

I have seen Raeghan for treatments for my infertility issues for a year after a year of trying medical infertility treatments and doing a full year of continuing intense medical infertility treatments. Her treatments and attention have made a tremendous difference in my acceptance and coping with infertility. Without Raeghan’s treatments once per week, my coping mechanisms would have likely failed me during this trying time.

In September 2002, I had a miscarriage.

In September 2002, I had a miscarriage. Following the D&C, my periods were very irregular - although I had struggled with irregular periods for years. I could go as much as four or five months without a period. I wanted to get pregnant again but was having difficulty with my fertility - and was also suffering from chronic hemorrhoids and yeast infections. I made a decision to try Chinese medicine and acupuncture and hooked up with Lorne...

My husband and I struggled with unexplained infertility

For more than three years, my husband and I struggled with unexplained infertility. We underwent every available medical test and turned to a series of increasingly drastic fertility treatments. When IVF and two subsequent cryogenic cycles failed, we began to wonder if we would ever be blessed with children of our own. Then I heard about acupuncture as a potential option.

At the age of 43 I was told that both my tubes were blocked.

At the age of 43, I was told that both my tubes were blocked. After much discussion my partner, a doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and I opted to try in vitro fertilization. We also decided to see Lorne Brown in order to maximize my chances of a successful outcome. At the ultrasound when they were retrieving the follicles, I was told that my follicle count was too low, and that because of my age, that count would only get worse, so it...

Rollercoaster ride of excitement, anticipation, depression, and disappointment

For one and a half years, I have lived on a roller coaster ride of excitement, anticipation, depression, and disappointment. This is how long it took my husband and I to get pregnant. We were charting, timing, measuring, researching and talking about getting pregnant to the point where we were no longer making love - we were "making baby." Our life was consumed with trying to get pregnant - I was becoming emotionally and physically drained....

My husband and I had been trying to conceive for over four years

I had never been pregnant and my husband and I had been trying to conceive for over four years. After trying on our own (using a fertility thermometer to check for ovulation), we had no luck. At age 36, I began to worry. After blood work on day 3 and day 21 of my cycle, it was confirmed that I did not ovulate. My fallopian tubes were checked for blockage, but everything was clear. It was then that my GYN recommended that we move to the next...

I've wanted to be a parent for as long as I can remember.

I've wanted to be a parent for as long as I can remember and I'm finally in the right place and in the right relationship. I know a whole lot about fertility because I provided sexual health counseling for years. I taught women how to check their cervical mucous, chart their cycles, and take their temperatures. I knew signs and symptoms of pregnancy and had done hundreds of pregnancy tests for others. I had no reason to believe that I wouldn'...

I attended the UBC Fertility clinic

After two years of struggling with infertility, recording my temperature daily, taking vitamins... and basically doing what every book I read told me to do, I attended the UBC Fertility clinic. They sent me for tests to check my tubes for blockage. My husband's sperm count was fine and my tubes were clear, which was good, but still no results. The next steps would have been more invasive and with low success rates, so we had pretty much...

I thought I would get pregnant immediately

When my husband and I first started trying for a baby, I thought I would get pregnant immediately. After all, everything in my life had worked on a schedule and I believed that pregnancy would be no different. After three months of "trying", I started to get a bit concerned and began charting my cycles and taking my basal body temperature every morning. Turns out my cycles were very regular and I ovulated the same time every month. After a...

Pages