About four years ago, my husband and I started trying to have a child. After about a year without success, we were sent to a fertility clinic and told InVitro Fertilization was our only option. A friend had told me that acupuncture and Dr. Cherry were a great compliment to IVF. After doing some research, I realized that IVF is actually well supported in the literature for improving odds with IVF. On our first attempt at IVF and acupuncture, I was pregnant. Not only pregnant, I was having twins! We could not have been more excited!
We wanted a baby so bad and now we were lucky enough to have two. At 22 weeks pregnant, I went into labor and delivered my baby girl, Catherine and my baby boy, Carter. I was diagnosed with an incompetent cervix (basically a weak cervix that opens whenever it wants) and my twins passed away due to their young gestational age. It was the toughest year we have ever experienced following the loss of our babies.
Exactly three months later, we decided to try again. Fortunately we had two frozen embryos and went through with a second IVF transfer along with acupuncture. I soon found out I was pregnant again with one baby. I decided to do acupuncture throughout this pregnancy just to be on the extra safe side. I had many problems with this pregnancy – including two bleeding episodes in the first trimester – so severe that one ER doctor told me I had a miscarriage. When they finally discovered that I did not lose the baby, I knew this baby was tough and going to make it. Right after these two bleeding episodes I saw Dr. Cherry. He reassured me and did special pins during my session to help with bleeding issues. I do not understand how exactly acupuncture works, but I know I would not have made it through that pregnancy without the care he provided. More problems asrose as I was diagnosed with a blood clotting disorder (Factor V Leiden and MTHFR), diabetes, and put on bedrest despite my cerclage (stitch to sew up my cervix). I had preterm labor at 28 weeks and put on medicine for that. All along the way, Dr. Cherry saw me and changed his plan of care as my pregnancy progressed.
To make a long story short, we now have our baby boy Chase that we love so much. Thank you Dr. Cherry for helping us get to where we are today. I have included a picture of our little miracle!