Anonymous January 2012

My husband and I didn’t decide to have children until I was 40 due to my prior health history. I was very fortunate to be able to get pregnant easily with my first child and had her when I was 41. At the age of 42 we decide we wanted another baby. We tried for one year before I got pregnant but I unfortunately miscarried that pregnancy. We continued to try to conceive naturally but without success. We consulted with a reproductive endocrinologist who told us that we had a 1-3% chance of conceiving naturally and that even if I did conceive I would have a 50-60% chance of miscarriage. Further, I was not a candidate for clomid and doing IUI with or without medications would maybe increase our chance by a couple percent; our best option was to do IVF with a donor egg. My husband and I decided that we weren’t comfortable doing any fertility treatments; the RE suggested acupuncture if we were going to continue to try naturally.
I started treatment with Dr. Cherry in January of 2011. He did a very thorough history and was frank with me that my chances weren’t great but he thought that acupuncture might be able to help improve my odds. He gave me a wonderful book that recommended some dietary and lifestyle changes and prescribed some herbs. I made some modifications to my diet but primarily I significantly increased my fruit and vegetable intake. I have a rare and serious auto immune disease and I was impressed that he educated himself on the specifics of my condition and adjusted his treatments accordingly. I was probably a challenging patient because my body often responded to the herbs and treatment in ways that were not expected. He adapted and revised my treatment program as needed and when something wasn’t working he always seemed to come up with a creative alternative solution.

I got pretty discouraged many times throughout my treatment and he was always such a wise and calm force. He never told me that pregnancy was guaranteed but without many words he helped me to find peace with whatever the outcome might be and I was able to start restoring some balance in my life. After 7 months of treatment I got pregnant! I am now 25 weeks pregnant with a baby girl. All tests and ultrasounds indicate that she is healthy and the pregnancy is going great. I will be 45 years old when I deliver her. I am so thankful to Dr. Cherry for his skill, patience, wisdom, encouragement and support. I would highly recommend him and his skilled, knowledgeable and kind staff.