Pregnancy Problem and Infertility can be treated…
36 y.o., Julia A. has suffered through two miscarriages, a stillbirth at 8 1/2 months and, because of a rare pregnancy-related liver dysfunction, intensive illness and surgery.
Yet after enduring five painful years of trying to have their own baby, Julia A. and her husband Bill A. finally saw their dream come true last month when their son Henry was born — premature, but healthy.
For all the fertility treatments, technologies and prenatal care available to women today, Julia A. credits the success of her pregnancy to an ancient Chinese secret.
“I recommend acupuncture to everyone,” Julia A. said. “It does work. I did everything possible for years to have a baby. I almost lost hope.”
Julia A, for her part, was at the end of her rope and felt she had nothing to lose. She started acupuncture with Victor Tsan, MD, L.Ac, CHP and Olga Selcova, MD, L.Ac about two months before she began trying to conceive — with needles in her toes and a couple of liver points — and continued with the treatments throughout the pregnancy.
“The first time I went, I was completely terrified. My husband went with me and held my hand,” she said. “I could feel the muscles in my liver jump and an electric current going through my body. It was very strange but also felt right.”
She said being monitored by both her obstetrician and Dr. Tsan and Dr. Selcova helped reassure her about what was going on during her high-risk pregnancy.
“Olga Selcova would tell me things about how I was doing physically and then I would go to the doctor and he would tell me the same thing,” remembers Julia A, who works as a professor.
When she got sick late in the pregnancy, all three Dr. Tsan, Dr. Selcova and Julia’s OB/GYN were able to detect when her liver went dangerously haywire and get her to the hospital for delivery six weeks early, before the problem harmed the fetus and caused another stillbirth.
Regardless of the skeptics, Julia said she’s relieved that she was finally able to have a nearly full-term baby of her own. At 4 pounds, 6 ounces, Henry has been in intensive care but otherwise is doing “fine.”
“It really was a miracle,” the new mom gushed. “It’s one of these weird things that Western medicine can’t explain.”