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VALERIE:

I MET ANCA ABOUT 18 MONTHS AGO SHORTLY AFTER MY SECOND MISCARRIAGE. I was broken hearted and had lost hope in having a child of my own. Finding no comfort with doctors, who gave me a prescription to try again, I found myself overwhelmed with sadness, alone, and misunderstood. Then I met Anca. For the first time I felt my feelings about my infertility acknowledged with an unspoken understanding of what I was going through. I knew then that I had found someone special, someone that offered me hope in the journey that I was on, no matter how it ended.

 

I began seeing Anca weekly. My visits with her were something that I looked forward to and noticeably felt better each time I met with her. As time progressed, I felt stronger physically, emotionally and spiritually. She had helped me piece myself back together and to find the courage try to conceive again.

 

"She believed in me, and in turn, I believed in myself. I knew that no matter what happened, Anca was going to be there with me every step of the way."

 

 

 

 

 

 

We conceived in our first month and I was as terrified as I was ecstatic. The first phone call I made to share the news was to Anca who immediately helped put my fears at ease. I continued to see her every week throughout my pregnancy. In the first trimester, she calmed my fears and doubts that I would miscarry again. Every time I saw Anca I felt reassured that everything was going to be just fine. Making it to the second trimester, each time I entered Anca's office she had so much excitement over my growing belly that even my deepest fears would fade away and I too could feel only excitement. I looked forward to my visit each week because it was the only time where I didn't feel like I had a medical condition (pregnancy) but that I really was going to have a baby. By the third trimester, my growing belly had resulted in serious back problems. Anca came to the rescue again. I struggled to walk into her office feeling pain with every step and walked out of her office with relief.

 

When labor came, about 16 hours into it while I was still at home, I called Anca for help. While I was not progressing, I was contracting and was getting worn down from the pain. Anca came to my house and used both acupuncture and massage to ease the pain. I don't know exactly how long she stayed with me, but I do know that she stayed as long as I asked her to. She was her wonderful self as always, providing encouragement and helping me find my own strength. Many hours later, on October 12th 2009, my daughter arrived safely into this world.

 

I've been asked what made the difference to make this pregnancy successful, and I tell people that I don't know if it was because Anca healed me emotionally, physically or spiritually, I do know that the difference was most certainly Anca. She was instrumental in my journey to receive the gift of life in a child, and in the process, she saved mine.

 

I will forever be grateful to have met Anca and often think of her when tears fill my eyes as I gaze upon my daughter and reflect upon how much sadness she has wiped away and how much love she has replaced it with.

 

Thank you Anca, more than I can ever express in words.

 

Your success story,
Valerie.

 

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REYNI:

WHEN MY DOCTORS FIRST TOLD ME THAT AT 40 WITH HIGH FSH I HAD A 2% CHANCE OF CONCEIVING A CHILD, I WAS DEVASTATED. They told me I should move on to an egg donor cycle and I became hysterical. I had always wanted children; it just took me awhile to find a guy I thought would be a good husband and father. I cried. I searched the internet until the wee hours. I wondered why my body had betrayed me. I talked to friends I knew were struggling with IF and we cried together. When I decided to try acupuncture I wanted to work with an expert and also someone with whom I could easily communicate.

 

Even though Anca was in Marin and I was in Pacifica, each Saturday I trekked across the Golden Bridge in order to receive treatments. I began working with Anca in November. She was very positive and encouraging that she believed I could conceive without ART. Part of me wanted to believe her and a part of me was afraid to wait too long to try an IVF cycle, so we set one up. Anca continued to treat me and it was extremely helpful that she knew so much about clinics and protocols. Every step of the way her guidance made all the difference both practically and emotionally. Much to our surprise and joy, I conceived my daughter naturally the month before that IVF cycle. She just turned 2 and is the joy of our lives. Believe me, I sent birth announcements to all the doctors that told me it couldn't be done! We are still very grateful to Anca, believing firmly that my treatments with her were what made it possible for me to conceive our beautiful child.

 

Reyni

 

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CHERYL:

I WANTED TO SEND YOU A PICTURE OF OUR BABY BOY, Ari. He's 11 weeks old now! After 3 years of trying with 2 miscarriages, conceived with the help of acupuncture, I found you. And after a few months, I had a viable pregnancy and had a beautiful baby boy at 44 with no fertility drugs!

 

I just celebrated my first mother's day...

 

Thanks so much,
Cheryl

 

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PENNY:

AFTER TWO ECTOPIC PREGNANCIES IN ONE YEAR, MY DOCTOR SUGGESTED MY HUSBAND AND I TRY IVF. I tried to stay positive, but it became increasingly difficult the more time we spent at the fertility clinic.

 

I became more depressed and felt terribly alone; I started to think that I was just one of those people not meant to have children. The IVF process was sterile and the staff at the clinic was less than empathetic. I thought that, of all places, this would be somewhere that people would be understanding and supportive. Instead, I was rushed through the entire process and was made to feel inadequate. I felt like more of a statistic than a human being.

 

Never one to put all my trust in anyone, especially medical professionals, I started doing my own research. The statistics of improved success with IVF when combined with acupuncture were everywhere. I read many stories of women who had become pregnant with the help of Eastern medicine. I was surprised no one at the fertility clinic had told me anything about this so I called them for referrals. One name on the list was Anca's.

 

I looked at this very same site and read the stories like the one I am writing now. They gave me hope when I needed it the most and I called Anca the next morning on my way to work. I was halfway through the IVF process when I had my first appointment with her.

The first meeting lasted two hours. Anca conducted a review of my health and medical history that was more thorough and accurate than any doctor I have ever met with. She asked questions that let me know not only that she knew what she was doing, but that she cared.

 

"She was professional and nurturing; she put me at ease immediately."

 

 

 

 

In the end, the IVF failed and the process left me feeling broken. After only one attempt, the doctor actually suggested I look into egg donors or adoption. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. Anca, on the other hand, was optimistic. She asked that I wait three cycles before I try anything else because she believed that with her combination of acupuncture and personalized herbal therapies, she could help me achieve a viable pregnancy naturally despite my history.

 

I went to Anca once a week, took the herbs she prescribed and started recording my basal temperature. It was amazing how she could look at my temperature chart or feel my pulses and diagnose so many problems. Each week, I felt more encouraged and more in control of my fertility. I looked forward to my appointments; I left each one feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and positive. Over the course of treatment, Anca became a confidant, ally and friend.

 

Ultimately, it took only two cycles. I found out I was pregnant and immediately called Anca. I continued to see her throughout my pregnancy and she told me early on that I was having a girl. She was correct—my daughter was born in February 2006.

 

My husband and I swear by acupuncture. We have turned numerous friends onto it, all of whom have gone on to become pregnant. We are so grateful to Anca for all of her help and support. She gave us the most precious gift in the world: our beautiful daughter.

 

Penny

 

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KIMBERLE:

MY HUSBAND AND I CONSIDERED TRYING TO GET PREGNENT WHEN I WAS 31, BUT WE DECIDED TO WAIT BECAUSE WE WANTED TO FURTHER OUR CAREERS, establish our finances and travel. I suffered with endometriosis since I was 19 but had 2 surgeries to ‘correct’ it before. After achieving our ‘goals’, we decided to actively try when I was 33 (still young in my mind). We tried naturally with no success for 1 year. I had yet another laparoscopic surgery performed, only to be told I had Stage IV endometriosis once again & needed further surgery to remove it and then should consider going for infertility services. I bypassed the surgery and when right to a fertility specialist. It was then we were told we should consider adoption as my fsh level was 17.9. I didn’t even know what FSH was! No doctor ever warned me about the consequences of surgery. Had I known that my egg supply would diminish with each ovarian surgery, I would have never had them!

 

Fast forward to 2005. I had seen many Reproductive Endocrinologists that turned me away (some even laughing at me) due to my FSH level (It had gone down since that initial testing but once you test high, you’re always considered high). Each one of them pushed their Donor Egg program. I finally found an RE to work with me but they were not equipped to handle ‘problem’ cases, their protocol did not work for me. I only had 2 eggs at retrieval, 1 fertilized and was implanted. I got pregnant but miscarried at 9weeks due to Down’s syndrome. We were distraught.

 

It was then that I decided to do a lot of research. I came across Anca’s website and was intrigued. I met her in New York and was so comforted by our meeting. I felt better immediately. I just knew she could help me. She directed me to an acupuncturist in my area who was very knowledgeable in infertility. I sent Anca my IVF calendar detailing all the drugs I needed to take and when & she custom-blended herbs for me to use during this cycle (I found another doctor who was very experienced in dealing with high fsh). She instructed me as to what vitamins/minerals to take during the cycle as well. She guided me every step of the way during this cycle. Even though she was on one coast & I was on the other, I still felt very comforted by her knowledge!

 

Well the cycle worked! I had 7 eggs retrieved, 3 left at transfer. We put all 3 back in and one took! Anca once again directed me as to what vitamins I needed to take to help ensure a healthy pregnancy. My little girl was born 10/25/06 and she’s just perfect!!!

 

I am eternally grateful to Anca. I know without her guidance, support and knowledge my little girl would not be here!

 

Sincerely,

Kimberle, Anthony and baby Sarah

 

 

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