Although in most cases the principal treatment at Conceive consists of acupuncture and Chinese medicine, Claire works closely with gynaecologists, male infertility experts, nutritionists and other complementary health practitioners to offer an integrated approach. Other services offered are:
Conceive has links to private gynaecologists and andrologists at The Lister Hospital and in Harley Street, to whom we can refer patients. We work closely with these specialists in the treatment of our patients, combining the benefits of western medical investigations and treatment, with the natural, health-promoting power of complementary medicines.
Optimum nutrition is fundamental for optimum fertility. In order to produce healthy eggs, healthy sperm and healthy babies, you need to eat a balanced and healthy diet. However, food can be lacking in nutrients due to modern agricultural and production processes, so very often you need to supplement your diet with vitamins and minerals, which are crucial to your reproductive health and to the health of the unborn baby. Your nutritional needs will vary according to your lifestyle, age, gender, metabolism and general health. The nutritionist will make a personalized assessment of your nutritional status and give you advice on the optimum foods and supplements for you.
Hypnosis is a powerful tool to enable you to engage your healing resources and manage your own comfort. Its effectiveness in the fields of fertility and childbirth is well documented. Occasionally women who experience difficulty conceiving or carrying a child to full-term may be harbouring unconscious beliefs or emotions that sabotage their attempts to bring a child into the world. Hypnotherapy can help uncover and resolve such conflicts, at the same time as relieving stress and reducing stress hormones which adversely affect fertility. Research has also demonstrated that hypnosis can aid the childbirth process, resulting in shorter labour times, reduced need for chemical pain relief, less likelihood of complications and medical intervention, lowered incidence of post-natal depression and a subjectively more satisfying and enriching childbirth experience.
Difficulty in conceiving, recurrent miscarriage and IVF treatment can often give rise to anxiety and depression, which further impair and perpetuate the ability to conceive and carry to term. Counselling can help the patient overcome their anxieties and depression and create the right conditions for conception and pregnancy. It also helps expectant or new parents work through common emotional issues involved in this transitional life phase.
A subtle and delicate balance of biochemical and biodynamic factors within the body is required to achieve maximum potential for conception. It is this balance that cranial osteopathy aims to redress.
This gentle form of treatment enables the osteopath to identify areas within the body, particularly the pelvis, that are congested, blocked, irritated or inflamed and not functioning as well as they should. The organs within the pelvis can be affected by strains imposed on the muscles, ligaments and bones surrounding them. Allowing the body to release mechanical stresses and strains will help optimize metabolic function and thus facilitate pregnancy.
Osteopathy can also help the mother’s body adapt to the growing baby. By releasing the strain on the tissues, it can relieve symptoms encountered during pregnancy, such as morning sickness, heartburn, blocked sinuses, as well as back and pelvic pain. A combination of treatment, exercises, posture and advice will encourage optimum foetal positioning to maximize the chances of a good natural delivery.
Reflexology is based on the principles that different areas of the foot correspond to different organs of the body. By stimulating these areas through massage, the function of the organs themselves can be influenced. Reflexology can therefore be used to improve overall health, stimulate the reproductive system and regulate the menstrual cycle.
Pregnancy massage is especially adapted for each stage of your pregnancy, and can be useful in relieving aches and pains and promoting relaxation.