My lovely patient (let's call her Joy) came to me in February this year because she had a recent miscarriage and needed support going through another IVF cycle. She was naturally anxious about getting pregnant again and wanted to do as much as possible to prevent another miscarriage.
I saw her in clinic from February to April, at first nourishing her body and calming the mind in preparation for IVF. Then after she became pregnant, the treatment was about "holding" the foetus to prevent miscarriage.
For the past few weeks, she returned to clinic for help preparing her body for labour. This past week, the treatment changed yet again, this time to encourage the baby to "descend" now that she is approaching the 40-week mark.
As I go through my patient notes at the end of the week, I am struck once again by the wonderful gift of Chinese medicine to help support women through their fertility journey and with their pregnancy, done in a safe and non-pharmaceutical manner.