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erthe_mama, Hi! its Serena :) im so looking forward to our trade this summer :)

 

bcblondie, I took Clomid with Metformin and chasteberry all together and it helped. My obgyn saw a change in my blood tests after being on chasteberry for only two months!

I need fertility meds to conceive my son and this baby, so I totally understand how you feel *hugs*


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Chasteberry?! I was very much warned against combining chasteberry with clomid. Don't they cancel eachother out?


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Chasteberry?! I was very much warned against combining chasteberry with clomid. Don't they cancel eachother out?



Not that I know of! My obgyn knew I was taking it the whole time and it worked for us! My obgyn is an amazing guy who also studied under a midwife, so I imagine he would have said to stop taking it. I was taking a chasteberry tincture, im not sure if that makes a difference though. I also took higher doses of vit D and B12.

 

I know for me and for other woman that I know, the combination of clomid and metformin seem to be what really brings the results.

 

Have they told you what fertility issue you have? Im annovolatory, who knows if that will every change. I also have an auto immune disease that complicates getting pregnant and staying pregnant in the first four months.


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I just wanted to add that I ordered my chasteberry and other good stuff ;) through http://www.gaiagarden.com


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Hm that's the first I've heard of using those 2 together. Well clearly it worked! lol.

 

I don't know what my infertility is. I've always had long cycles in high school. Like 5 or 6 weeks. I didn't pay that close attention. After my miscarriage I pretty much stopped ovulated all together. Doc put me on clomid. Which has gotten me ovulating most cycles. Although still a bit late. Sometimes a lot late... I'm still wondering if there's something else affecting my chances of actually conceiving/implanting though, once I O. And I've had 2 m/cs so of course I wonder if there's a cause for that.


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  • Hey erthe_mama.....I might be interested in placenta encapsulation.  I am still pretty queasy this pregnancy so I haven't thought about it too much yet....but I suffered from PPD after my first was born and I have heard that can really help.  How does it work?  Do you come and pick it up or would I have to get it to you after the birth?  I am planning a home birth, due early June.  Would be interested in some details. thanks!
  • Oh, and I have been to Dr Shi as well and am a bit skeptical as she encouraged me to stop breastfeeding. After I had already paid for several treatments she basically said it wouldn't work unless I weaned my DD so I could take all the herbs. She knew I was still BF'ing from the start, so I was not too impressed with that. I certainly have head others say great things about her though!
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Hm that's the first I've heard of using those 2 together. Well clearly it worked! lol.

 

I don't know what my infertility is. I've always had long cycles in high school. Like 5 or 6 weeks. I didn't pay that close attention. After my miscarriage I pretty much stopped ovulated all together. Doc put me on clomid. Which has gotten me ovulating most cycles. Although still a bit late. Sometimes a lot late... I'm still wondering if there's something else affecting my chances of actually conceiving/implanting though, once I O. And I've had 2 m/cs so of course I wonder if there's a cause for that.



I had extremely long cycles as well, usually about 40-60 days. With my son it only took 1 round of metformin to go from a 55 day cycle to 33 (55 was the average of the previous 13 months). With this baby the first round brought me to 42 days, second was 37 and then 32. Without the metformin clomid was kinda useless for me because It made me ovulate but by the time it happened there was no chance for a healthy implantation. I had a friend who was only on clomid and then talked to her dr about metformin too and started taking them together and it worked right away as well.

 

Its not easy being on both of them between being so sick and being high strung and moody, but the end result is worth it :)

 

I know with clomid, when you take it in your cycle makes a big difference! The earlier you take it, the more eggs but they're less mature... not sure when you take yours.

 

Are you using OPK's too? feel free to message me if its too personal to post for all to see thumb.gif


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lash, congratulations!!!!! :)


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I had extremely long cycles as well, usually about 40-60 days. With my son it only took 1 round of metformin to go from a 55 day cycle to 33 (55 was the average of the previous 13 months). With this baby the first round brought me to 42 days, second was 37 and then 32. Without the metformin clomid was kinda useless for me because It made me ovulate but by the time it happened there was no chance for a healthy implantation. I had a friend who was only on clomid and then talked to her dr about metformin too and started taking them together and it worked right away as well.

 

Its not easy being on both of them between being so sick and being high strung and moody, but the end result is worth it :)

 

I know with clomid, when you take it in your cycle makes a big difference! The earlier you take it, the more eggs but they're less mature... not sure when you take yours.

 

Are you using OPK's too? feel free to message me if its too personal to post for all to see thumb.gif



Thats great that it worked for you. I agree, it's worth any side effects. Luckily clomid by itself doesn't give me any.

I take mine 5 to 9. When my obgyn prescribed it she said 3 to 7. Didn't seem to work as well. My new doc said 5 to 9. Works much better.

I do use OPKs. I'm so mad, I had 2 days of blazing pos, like I normally do. But I had a fever so I couldn't temp. I assumed I would still O. Finally today I temped and I didn't O!! But noticed a lot of ewcm so I took another opk and blazing again. So I guess we'll try this again! I hate my stupid body.


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Thank you for teh tips. :) I'm on clomid now which has worked for me in the past, so. Just hoping that'll work again. If not I'll be willing to try other things. :) I very much like herbs. :) (helped me avoid need misoprostol after my missed miscarriage.)


You're welcome! I'm happy to help. :) Hopefully the clomid works for you!

 

 

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erthe_mama, Hi! its Serena :) im so looking forward to our trade this summer :)


Hi Serena!! Great to "see" you on here! I'm looking forward to it too!

 

 

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I just wanted to add that I ordered my chasteberry and other good stuff ;) through http://www.gaiagarden.com


Also try http://www.mountainroseherbs.com . Sometimes they can be less expensive, or have things that Gaia Garden does not.

 



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Hey erthe_mama.....I might be interested in placenta encapsulation.  I am still pretty queasy this pregnancy so I haven't thought about it too much yet....but I suffered from PPD after my first was born and I have heard that can really help.  How does it work?  Do you come and pick it up or would I have to get it to you after the birth?  I am planning a home birth, due early June.  Would be interested in some details. thanks!
Oh, and I have been to Dr Shi as well and am a bit skeptical as she encouraged me to stop breastfeeding. After I had already paid for several treatments she basically said it wouldn't work unless I weaned my DD so I could take all the herbs. She knew I was still BF'ing from the start, so I was not too impressed with that. I certainly have heard others say great things about her though!


Hi lash! The placenta mainly works by releasing oxytocin, the "love" hormone, into your body. It seems to give people energy and gushy, lovey feelings. Some wymyn report an increase in breastmilk productionas well! I ask that someone drops the placenta off for you, and picks it up as well. It's usually in-laws, dads and doulas that come to my door. I haven't actually met any wymyn whose placenta I've encapsulated besides my wife's! lol Here's a link to my facebook page for more info.

Wow, usually Dr. Shi is encouraging about breastfeeding! I'm surprised, and sorry to hear that. :( It's possible that she didn't realise you needed the herbs in the first place... I've found her to be very honest about whether she can help you or not and under what conditions. She sure helped my DP who had REALLY bad food allergies, and Dr. Shi had them completely cleared for a few years until DP got really ill from renovations in her workplace. Then she tried to do it again, but it didn't work this time, so she referred my DP out to a specialist and we found out she has Multiple Chemical Sensitivities. :( We're going to try her again when we can afford to. lol


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Andrea, I order mountain rose herbs through crunchy coop, it is incredible!!! the discount is absolutly amazing! feel free to message me if you want more info ;)

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Hi Winnipeggers!!  My name is Mel and we are going to officially TTC starting next week!!!  My hubby and I just got married and he leaves for a business trip tomorrow but when he gets home next Sat it's go time!  (i'll be on CD 10 and my periods are very regular)  I'm so very excited and nervous!  Just reading too many books, reading online it makes you go insane.  The amt of info out there is great, but when does it stop.  Who knew deodarant was bad for you when pg?? lol  So im a bit overwhlemed but so very happy to found this site, it's going to be very benefical in our journey.  :)  It's nice to see other local ladies on this site and i look forward to getting to know you!

 

My first question for all of you:   Did anyone use a midwife in Winnipeg.  I am pretty sure we are going to hire a doula.  But, i don't have a obgyn.  Well the one i use for my yearly paps does not deliver babies any more and well he's just old and i wouldn't be happy with him giving my prenatal care.  I found the website for midwives in Winnipeg and was thinking soon as i get pg i'll give them a call and hopefully be able to get a doctor that way?  Any advice or experiences i'd love to hear from you.

 

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I had a midwife! THere's a number you're suposed to call... I forget. Maybe call  Mt Carmel Clinic and they can help you. That's where my midwife works out of. Literally call the day you find out you're pregnant becuase there's a serious shortage of midwives here. They'll put you on a list and the nearest available midwife will give you a call in a couple of weeks. If no one will take you you'll get a letter in the mail.

Good luck. Hope it happens quickly.


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hi Mel,

Welcome!  I have a midwife through Mount Carmel.  I called all 4 clinics the morning after I got a positive test, and kept calling for many weeks before I heard back.  You have to be extremely persistent.  I have heard it can help if you request a specific midwife....but I did that and didn't get ones I requested, so who knows.  On the College of Midwives site you can find a list of all of them, when they were licensed, etc.  Basically just be persistent.  It helps if you are wanting a home birth or have some other reason why you specifically need as opposed to want a midwife.  You can always exaggerate a bit.  I said I wanted a home birth even though I wasn't totally sure and I have a feeling that's why I got a midwife.  Now I am positive I want a home birth so I feel very fortunate to have found a supportive MW.

 

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Thanks ladies!  I was going to call the main clinc on the MB midwives homepage the day i get a BFP!  Sounds scary that I might not get one if im not persistant!  Thanks for the tip, lash.  I don't want a home birth, not with my first anyways.  And i'm a terrible liar...this could be tricky...lol

 

I hate that we have such a shortage of doctors here... I don't even have a family doctor....ugh.


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Hi Mel,

I hope you get the midwife that you want! I know that they are pretty hard to come by! Im using an obgyn; he's old! and the most wonderful doctor ever - I would never trade him for anyone else! After he became an obgyn he actually trained with a midwife! Unfortunatly he has a 9 month waiting list right now :(

Im also using a doula (I used one last time with him as well) and he is very very pro doula.. I couldnt ask for more!

 


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Oh the waiting lists are so long!!  Who's your doula that you are going with?  I was looking into Birth Roots....

 

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I hope you get the midwife that you want! I know that they are pretty hard to come by! Im using an obgyn; he's old! and the most wonderful doctor ever - I would never trade him for anyone else! After he became an obgyn he actually trained with a midwife! Unfortunatly he has a 9 month waiting list right now :(

Im also using a doula (I used one last time with him as well) and he is very very pro doula.. I couldnt ask for more!

 



 


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Lite, the doula I used when I had my son was working privately with another doula and later moved to Birth Roots. What she told us about BR was really disappointing :( I would never hire one of their doula's. If you want more info feel free to message me, ill give you the low down she gave me. She ended up taking time off from working with them but they still keep her pic up on the page (its been over a year now!).

 

Unfortunately due to lifestyle differences we couldn't use the same doula again. We interviewed a couple and decided with Theresa from Blissful Beginnings. We've met with her a few times already and are very happy with her! She even offered to stay on as our doula in the event that we have a csection (I had an emergency csection with my son and may have a planned one this time around).


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Aviva Cipilinski is the only doula I would ever consider using. She is beyond amazing.

 

Aside from that, for any pregnant womyn, I'd really suggest reading http://midwifethinking.com/

 

I'd also suggest eating your placenta, but, of course, I'm biased. winky.gif


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Serena, I'll pm you, i'm interested to hear more....

I'll look into Blissfull Beginnings, i think i may have come across that website as well...

 

erthe mama, do you have any further info on this doula, website, email? 


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I'll pm you her email address. :)


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Serena- Did you use C?  I think I may have referred you to her in the first place. When we both were brand new, we were each other's back up. I've unfortunately "quit" while working full time right now, but I can't wait to go back to it once I'm officially "unemployed" after the baby is born. I miss births :(

 

Anyone have recommendations for a good hands off (pref. female) OB. I called all the clinics 2 weeks ago to get on the midwife list, but I'm starting to get terrified I won't get 'picked'. All the OB's I've worked with ... well I would not want them at my births. There was one I could use in a pinch, but really... no one I would desire to work with.

 

I'm also looking for any reccommendations on someone willing to do birth photography. Ideally I'd love someone to primarily do photos, but be able to lend a hand with support if needed. Maybe I'm asking too much. I can't seem to find anyone who's photos I like.


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I had Dr Ring in my first pregnancy.  I liked her quite a bit.  Of course she was not there for the birth unfortunately.  I have heard good things about Awadalla as well (male) and Denise Black. Depends which hospital you want too of course.  I had a pretty awful experience at St B.   I was high risk though, and I have heard they have renovated recently and there are more private rooms, which would make a huge difference in my opinion (having my husband kicked out every night was pretty traumatizing for us).  You should check ratemds.com if you are interested in reviews. Definitely a few you may want to steer clear of.

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Dr. Morris at HSC is amazing if you want a really hands-off natural birth. She's the head of obstetrics there. We had her for our birth and, upon our request, she didn't do any pelvic exams, we had minimal monitoring and I got to catch our baby! (And this was in the high risk ward!) If we had to have another hospital birth, I'd totally go to her again. She usually only takes minorities or single moms though...


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DrMorris is the OB for all my sisters and mother in law. My experience with her has been mixed, though in a pinch I would have used her... but apparently unless you're an existing patient, she has limited her practice to adolescents.

 

My experience at St.B was not pleasant either. I've only been there once for a birth, but like you, it was in the high risk, and I found the staff very very cold, unhelpful and not conducive to a natural birth. If my midwife wanted to go there I would, but not with an OB who would not be there until the actual birth.  Ironicly, the client I had also had Dr. Ring as her doctor, though she didn't attend the actual birth either... so I never got to meet her. Although I suppose I do recall hearing some of the advice etc she gave was good.

 

I have Dr. Avery, and Dr. Corbett on my "short list" from the ratemd website. I didn't read any of the reviews for males though. I don't think I'm quite ready to give in that much yet, even though I've heard amny of them are fantastic doctors. I just personally can't have a male doing an internal, and I know I'll have to have at least one in the time between now and birth.

 

I had one good OB that I dealt with for two separate births, and I swore I wrote her name down in my client information, and I can't find it anywhere now. I'm cringing, but I think it may have been Dr. Corbett.


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New member here!!! I'm in Northwest Winnipeg (Garden City if anyone really cares! LOL)

Both my kids were homebirths with midwives and doulas, when I was a student nurse I caught a baby with Dr. Awadalla at St. B.

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I'm also from Winnipeg.  I had my first baby at home in the water with a midwife this past August (2011) and it was an amazing experience.  I am currently working on my doula certification.

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New member here!!! I'm in Northwest Winnipeg (Garden City if anyone really cares! LOL)

Both my kids were homebirths with midwives and doulas, when I was a student nurse I caught a baby with Dr. Awadalla at St. B.



I care!!!  No one is EVER from my end of town!  Yippee!!!!!!!  :D

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I am also from Winnipeg!

 

I had my first birth in summer 2009 at home in water with a midwife. It was awesome! 

 

Now I am 9 weeks pregnant and am trying to find a midwife again!  I applied at all the clinics, but I've gotten 3 'rejection' letters so far!!  Even from the clinic that my previous midwife works at.  I'm totally depressed about it. Especially since we had such a great homebirth the first time.  I had just assumed there would be some preference for past clients of the service.  But they say that they are just too full right now.  I even took the pregnancy test asap and called the clinics asap.  I called as soon as humanly possible!

 

Sorry for the rant.  I just feel quite disappointed :(

 

I do know that midwife spots do 'free up' as time goes on, and that I may indeed get one,  but I just really don't want to have a hospital birth!  I guess I should just accept it, and plan the best hospital birth possible but I'm not quite there yet.

 

Any advice for getting a midwife in Winnipeg?   Does bribery work?  (Just kidding!)

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Babywearer - that sucks!  I thought that previous clients were usually taken first too?  Makes no sense to me at all.  Especially if you're doing a homebirth.  So much for our great "Freedom of Choice" huh?   I had a homebirth back in 2002 and when I got pregnant early last year I called up the second I got a + too, didnt even wait for a blood test from dr!  I was lucky that I got in, but sadly lost our son at 16 weeks. I worry about next time (if there is one).    If there is, I'm hoping bribery does work!  Let me know if it does. ;) 

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