This month (I hope, I hope) I am looking to launch the service piece of my business. I am SO excited and nervous and anxious and elated, and all other total extremes of the spectrum over it!
Very basically, the program will be meeting the needs and filling the gaps in natural fertility that I have both personally and professionally experienced over the past 11 years.
What were those gaps?
One of the biggest gaps I've seen has been the assumption that 1 provider/1 specialty alone can heal any and all problems causing (or caused by) infertility.
What do I mean by that? For example, too often I have heard women (clients and friends) talk about the diet their Dr recommended, solely based on what seems to have worked for many other patients. After the recommendation was made, the patient was left with all kinds of questions as to where to start, how to succeed, and why this diet may even be beneficial for them. More often than not, what ended up happening was one of two things, depending on the patient's temperament:
Some tried the diet based on a website or a print out's protocol, did it for a month or so not even realizing they were eating foods that contained ingredients that were supposed to be eliminated, nothing happened after a while, and they gave up.
Others went full-speed ahead, reading everything they could about the diet, throwing out every food in their house and going on a shopping spree for all the foods they were now supposed to eat, then realized while they were out of the house at a friend's, a party, a restaurant, that there was little they could eat. These temperaments often turn into the "No thank you, I can't eat that. No, I can't eat that, either"s who were more often than not STARVING. Again, results were minimal, if any were seen at all.
The problem? Lack of expert and GUIDED personalized approach to diet and nutrition.
While a certain style of eating or popular diet may have benefits for a general population (for example, cutting way back on sugars and artificial sweeteners is a generally good idea), I've seen these blanket recommendations, even coming from a trusted physician, fail time and time again. The reason is because it is not being customized for success for that patient, by an appropriate specialist in diet and nutrition.
Imagine you want to learn to dress stylishly, because you are tired of the same old sweat pants and t-shirts. You walk into The Gap and speak to the Manager. He's a very smart, very professional man who knows the sales of clothing and accessories VERY well. He tells you that A-line skirts are incredibly popular, and many of his customers are buying those. So, you go and you buy a bunch of A-line skirts. You get home and realize you don't have any tops to go with them. Back to the store you go, but now the Manager is speaking with other customers helping them find the exact color and size pants they need. You wait. You wait some more. Finally, he points you towards a rack of tops in the front of the store that just arrived, but they are way out of your budget. You leave with one, because you've already invested in all the skirts, but now you're left with only 1 complete outfit.
You get home, try on the top with one of your skirts, and realize that the way the top falls lower in the back than the front actually makes your butt look ginormous.
You return all of the clothes the next day, and go back to your sweat pants and t-shirt because this is just too complicated. Who needs style, anyway?
Now, imagine instead of walking into The Gap to speak to an expert in popular clothing sales, you walk into an office building called "Styling For You!" There, you meet for a consult with a professional stylist, who learns what it is you enjoy wearing now, what your budget is, what your goals are in dressing better/differently than you have been, and then proceeds to tailor a plan to fit those exact specifications. Not only that, but she stands up with you at the end of the consult, and walks out the door with you to go shopping with you, watch you try on several of her recommendations, and ensures that you are happy with the results.
There is nothing wrong with the Manager from The Gap. But his area of expertise for customers is in sales and marketing. The Stylist was just a better fit for this customer's specific needs in this area.
Diet and Nutrition are just 2 examples, but I have encountered many gaps or deficiencies in holistic approaches to fertility that I intend to make more comprehensive.
So, I am bringing together a team of specialists in their respective fields to maximize results for the whole spectrum of Mind-Body-Spirit.
The Program will include sessions with:
A FertilityCare Practitioner for education and guidance in understanding the woman's own unique biomarkers and fertility cycles (the Practitioner will be matched to each client based on the client's specific history and needs)
A Nutritional Therapist, specializing in women's health and fertility
A Naturopathic Physician to evaluate polymorphisms, nutritional deficiencies, adrenal and thyroid sufficiency, and to develop a personalized supplement plan based upon Spectracell findings
A Psychologist/Marriage Therapist to help the couple understand how their fertility struggles may be affecting their mental health and their relationship, and how to achieve well-being of mind
A Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) to lay the groundwork for successful lactation
Each specialist's sessions very easily bring the client from pre-conception, through pregnancy, and/or through postpartum, with no sessions ever expiring (should someone become pregnant before having used all of the sessions, for example). The Program is meant to be a "guiding through," rather than a one-and-done approach, for long-term, lasting results.
You may also notice that NaPro Technology is not on the list. This is for several reasons, most importantly because my Fertility Program is offered ALL LONG-DISTANCE to make the process that much easier for the client. While several NaPro physicians do work long-distance, in general there are liability and insurance issues that would hold us back from providing the best possible care this way. However, with the guidance of the FertilityCare Practitioner, referrals for NaPro will be made where necessary, again to ensure the best outcomes for each client.
Another strength of this Program Providers is that they can all be seen as Complementary Health providers, who, as a team, become a powerhouse for optimizing health and fertility from every angle. Many clients who are coming to us may already be under the care of a NaPro physician, and so our Program becomes the "whole package" to support and boost their current treatment plans.
(My website will explain this all in much greater detail, I'm just giving you a taste, here!)
What I'd love to hear from you is your questions about the Program! I am crowdsourcing now to make sure that my FAQ section and my description of the Program addresses all of the questions, comments, or concerns out there. And, I could think of no better place to ask than those who have watched my own personal infertility journey over the past 9 years, and the people I credit with helping me get to this point in my life. Truly, blog readers and friends - I owe this ALL to you. What a blessing you have been to me.
Thank you so much for coming along for this oft-bumpy ride!