When it finally dawned on me that I was having trouble conceiving, I knew one thing: I wanted to restore the hormone imbalances in my body naturally. I searched…and searched…and searched for a holistic fertility center in the Washington, D.C. area (where I live). All I could find were a few random acupuncturists or naturopathic doctors that treated women’s health issues as part of a broader practice.
I ended up traveling far away from the area – out of the country far – to immerse myself in Ayurveda. By the time I returned home, Pulling Down the Moon, a comprehensive holistic fertility center, had opened in D.C. (it figures!). Yesterday, I attended a day-long yoga for fertility workshop there, and I am so grateful to be a part of its community. Below, I’ve rounded up a list of holistic fertility centers/workshops in the U.S. If you or someone you know is experiencing infertility, they might want to check out these places:
Pulling Down the Moon ~ With locations in Chicago and D.C., the Moon has programs designed for those trying to conceive naturally without medical intervention, those who want to combine holistic treatments with medicated assisted reproductive technology (ART), or those who want to cleanse and detoxify the body after going through a medicated fertility treatment.
The Fertile Soul ~ Run by Randine Lewis (author of The Infertility Cure), learn the basics of Chinese Medicine as it relates to fertility at her Foundation Retreat in Asheville, North Carolina. A friend of mine attended one of her workshops years ago and still raves about it. Lewis also holds an advanced retreat called Renewal that heals emotional and spiritual obstructions.
The Fertile Heart Ovum Mind-Body Program ~ Usually held in Woodstock, N.Y. (but with an upcoming workshop in San Francisco), Julia Indichova teaches the holistic modalities she used to help her conceive when she experienced secondary infertility. The tools are outlined in her book The Fertile Female. She also holds phone circles where women can join a support group-like conference call to talk with others from around the nation about applying the techniques.
Domar Center for Mind/Body Health ~ Alice Domar, Ph.D., is often called a pioneer in mind/body research. This 10-week program in Boston offers fertility counseling, nutrition, and yoga instruction, among other support. Other fertility centers around the U.S. have adopted programs based on Domar’s model, such as Santa Monica Fertility in Los Angeles and Fertility Counseling Center of South Florida in Miami.
About Jenny Rough
Jenny Rough is a lawyer-turned-writer. Visit her on the web at www.jennyrough.com