ACUPUNCTURE FOR FERTILITY
Acupuncture improves circulatory function and hormonal balance. This is helpful is boosting the strength of your ovaries and helping the uterus to grow a thick lining for implantation.
Many women have hormone imbalances that make it more difficult to conceive. This includes high FSH (follicle stimulating hormone), LH (luteinizing hormone), or inappropriate levels of other hormones like estrogen, testosterone. Balancing your hormones is a key element for reproductive success, and acupuncture can help stimulate or relax the necessary parts of your body to produce a healthy hormonal ratio.
In addition to hormonal balance, acupuncture can help with fertility by managing autoimmune conditions. These conditions can create a poor environment for conception because they change the way the body reacts to “intruders” that may result in an attack on the pregnancy. After the age of 35, fertility in women decreases. Use diet, lifestyle and complementary methods such as acupuncture to create an antioxidant (anti-aging) effect on the reproductive system. In this way we improve egg quality and circulation.
In addition to helping with natural fertility, acupuncture is extremely beneficial for women using (assisted reproductive technology) and IVF for their fertility. Doctors will commonly recommend that patients going through IVF (in vitro fertilization) use acupuncture at and around the time of transfer to promote positive fertility outcomes. According to a systematic review done by the British Medical Journal (BMJ), when an acupuncture treatment is done immediately before and after an IVF transfer, the odds of a successful transfer go up by nearly 50%. There are several components to what acupuncture can do to improve IVF and ART outcomes. Acupuncture can increase blood flow to the ovaries and uterus, helping to grow healthy follicles (eggs) as well as the uterine lining. It can also help relax the uterus to prevent cramping or other instabilities that might disrupt any implantation. In addition to increasing blood flow, acupuncture immediately before and after a transfer can relax both the mind and the body, creating a healthy and balanced environment in which the transfer to take place. An added bonus is the management of side effects from fertility medications. Use of acupuncture during IUI or IVF cycles can reduce bloating, anxiety, digestive disturbances and mood problems.
During the first three months, Acupuncture treatments support your pregnancy and manage common discomforts like nausea, reflux, fatigue, backache, and dizziness. Acupuncture also promotes gentle circulation, stimulating optimal nutrition for the growing fetus, and helps to guard your immune system. We also use Acupuncture to calm your stress hormones so that your baby in utero is bathed in endorphins and protected from undue surges.
Acupuncture during the second trimester supports pregnancy and manages discomfort including: digestive symptoms, aches, pains, and dizziness. Care is also taken to guard immune function, reduce stress, and maintain optimal circulation and absorption of nutrients.
Acupuncture therapy in late stages helps support pregnancy, prepare for childbirth, and manage common third-trimester complaints such as back pain, sciatica, dizziness, reflux, constipation, breech presentation, and water retention. In preparation for birth we offer protocols to begin softening the cervix and opening the hips and pelvic girdle. When indicated, Acupuncture can be applied to induce birth.
LABOR PREP PACKAGE
Naturna practitioners are trained to execute an effective and enjoyable birth prep plan. Success rates of acupuncture induced labor range from 78 to 83%.
Week 34-35: Gently start to relax low back and hips and prepare mentally for the birthing process. Meditations can be used in conjunction with acupuncture treatment. If baby is breech, we will be work on guiding baby into the proper position. Recommendations: Acupuncture 1-2x per week. In cases of breech: Acupuncture and moxibustion 3x per week with guidance for exercises and moxibustion use at home.
Week 36-37: Open sacrum, low back and hips to help the baby move down. Relax mind and body and work with visualization. Recommendations: Acupuncture 2x per week. In cases of breech: 3x per week.
Week 38-40: Increase stimulation to relax pelvic girdle and drop baby. Begin to stir circulation and stimulate uterus to contract. Recommendations: Acupuncture 2-3x per week.
Week 40+: Maximum stimulation to induce labor. If you haven't gone already, you will be on your way now.
IN STUDIO: Love Child Members $165 - $210 / session . Non-Members $175 - $220 / session
IN HOME: Love Child Members $235 / session . Non-Members $245 / session
IN STUDIO PACKAGE (10 sessions): Love Child Members $1750 . Non-Members $2000
IN STUDIO LABOR PREP PACKAGE (5 sessions for those over 35 weeks): Love Child Members $783.75 . Non-Members $831.25
Insurance: Oxford/United, BCBS, Cigna, Aetna and some other smaller providers. If your insurance covers acupuncture, please email firstname.lastname@example.org a picture of the front and back of your insurance card along with your birthday.
Please note, gift cards are non-transferable for acupuncture.
For appointment requests within 24-48 hours, please text us at 646.494.4251.
Love Child is proud to partner with Naturna’s team of talented health care practitioners collaborate with patients to understand and address their overall health; body, mind, and spirit. Naturna combines Eastern and Western expertise in Acupuncture, functional nutrition, and mind-body modalities to inspire lifestyles that thrive on balance, wholeness, and self-care. At Naturna, our comprehensive, holistic regimen supports your physical and emotional health, creating an optimal environment for mom and baby. We begin our first session with an in-depth lifestyle intake, from which we create a custom health plan for you. Built into each appointment is our one-on-one nutrition and lifestyle counseling, acupuncture plus Q&A periods to help empower you with the tools to heal body and min.
As part of a women's wellness program, acupuncture can stimulate circulation in the reproductive system, reduce stress, boost fertility and support a healthy pregnancy. Specialized programs are designed for women at each stage of their hormonal lifespan to balance hormones, assist conception, nourish mom and baby during and after pregnancy. We believe that we are partnering with you on an incredible journey. As such we make ourselves available between sessions to provide useful tips and information. Our team is here to assist you 7 days per week to further customize your plan and support you throughout the process.
CHRISTINA BURNS - Founder of Naturna and Doctor of Chinese Medicine, L.Ac, FABORM - Committed, compassionate, and highly skilled in multiple disciplines, Christina Burns is the pioneer founder of Naturna, an Integrative health center dedicated to the comprehensive fusion of Eastern medicine and Western science. With 12 years of clinical practice, Christina seeks to empower both women and men to achieve their optimal life and health goals through natural medicine practices, informed Integrative nutrition, lifestyle management, and personalized mind-body programs. She is a licensed doctor of Chinese medicine with board certification in Oriental reproductive medicine and 9 years of postsecondary education. Christina has advanced certifications in Acupuncture, herbs, nutrition, life coaching and yoga therapy. She has trained and worked overseas in China, India, Nepal and Canada before honing her skills in New York City to become a leading figure in the field of Integrative health. Today, a frequent speaker at fertility clinics and guest lecturer at leading educational institutions, she is well known for her innovative views on the topics of Integrative Medicine. Her international studies and work alongside esteemed practitioners have given Christina a global perspective on health and healing that has contributed immensely to her impressive success rate.
CONNIE QIAN, MSTOM, L.Ac., DACM - Amiable, determined, and passionate, Connie Qian is a Licensed and Board Certified acupuncturist and herbalist in New York State. She holds a Bachelors of Arts from Dartmouth College and is currently completing her Doctorate in Acupuncture. Connie decided to pursue her passion for eastern medicine after a career in investment banking, though she has been immersed in acupuncture and herbal medicine since childhood. She grew up with her aunt who was a western medicine and eastern medicine doctor in China. Connie fondly recalls her aunt making her drink an abundance of herbal teas for her skin and doing acupuncture to rehabilitate her from a severe skating injury. Her own professional career in acupuncture includes clinical experience working with stroke recovery patients at NYU Lutheran, treating students and faculty at Columbia University Medical Center, and working learning from master acupuncturists in the realm of hormone regulation and women’s health.
JANE GIBBONS, L.Ac, DACM, MSTOM -Dedicated, driven, and perceptive, Jane is a Licensed and Board-Certified acupuncturist and herbalist. She holds a Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM) from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. Jane is certified in facial acupuncture for the goal of rejuvenation and healing. She grew up in New York City in a family of Western medical doctors and has used her background and collaboration with family to develop an integrative model of care. Her abundance of exposure to western medicine is an advantage in a world where her patients employ both. Jane is focused on providing her patients with thorough, individualized, and comprehensive care. Jane has experience treating women of all ages to help regulate their menstrual cycle, relieve symptoms of PMS, balance moods, digestion and emotions, regulate and stabilize hormone levels, and support the fertility process as well as provide pregnancy support. Jane’s Traditional Chinese Medicine background has a strong focus on cultivating equilibrium in the body which is beneficial in the maintenance of good health despite the many demands and challenges of a busy lifestyle.
ANDREA VANNELLI, D.Ac., MSAC, L.Ac. - Curious, pragmatic and caring, Andrea is a Board certified acupuncturist with a Doctorate of Acupuncture from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. She is a native of New York State with a degree from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and spent the earlier part of her career as a natural resource planner in the Pacific Northwest. Andrea has a long-standing interest in wellness and integrated medicine, particularly as it relates to supporting constitutional balance and resiliency. She is certified in facial rejuvenation acupuncture and enjoys helping women look and feel their best, from the inside-out. Her experience in acupuncture is varied, including clinical work in the Labor & Delivery Department at NYU Lutheran, at Columbia University Health Medical Services, mentoring with specialists in female health, and observation of Chinese Medicine physicians at China Medical University teaching hospital in Taiwan. Andrea takes the time to understand her patients and partners with each to build an individualized plan for health.
STEPHANIE PROPPER, DACM - Stephanie has been successfully practicing Chinese medicine in New York City for over ten years. Her practice delves deeply into the areas of women's health, fertility, perinatal care, pediatrics, chronic disease and autoimmune imbalances. Stephanie uses Chinese medicine to enhance fertility and fertility treatments and has served over 1000 women in all phases of pregnancy, including labor and delivery as well as postpartum care. She has developed an experienced, intuitive and nurturing approach to holistically working with women during this important time. She also has extensive experience in treating women's health issues including PCOS, endometriosis, cysts, perimenopause, menopause and thyroid imbalances. Stephanie also treats autoimmune diseases including asthma, eczema, psoriasis, Crohn's disease, colitis, lupus, and MS. Her passion to serve the community with acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutritional and lifestyle counseling began with her Bachelor's of Science in Human Development & Family Studies at Cornell University. Then, integrating her knowledge of human psychology with Traditional Chinese Medicine, she earned her Doctorate from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine.