In 2018 Kirsten completed training with The Fertility Support Company to gain an Advanced Level Diploma in Fertility Support Acupuncture. The training focused on - causes of infertility such as PCOS and endometriosis - reproductive immunology and recurrent miscarriage - supporting IVF, IUI and other Assisted Reproductive Techniques
The Fertility Support Company provides healthcare and support to men and women wishing to become parents. The primary method of care is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine's use of acupuncture, supported by Western medical diagnostic techniques.
Acupuncture is very safe to have during pregnancy and is an effective option at a time when many women choose to avoid taking medicine for minor ailments.
Many conditions which routinely crop up during pregnancy would benefit from a natural solution. Acupuncture can give relief for a range of pregnancy related conditions:
Morning sickness Anxiety Tiredness Migraines and headaches Back and pelvic pain
Acupuncture to turn breech babies An adjunct technique to acupuncture called moxabustion has been used for many centuries to turn breech babies. Research is currently underway but previous scientific studies have found promising results for the turning of breech babies; in the region of 80% success rate.
Acupuncture to induce labour Acupuncture can be used to induce labour in overdue pregnancies. It can occasionally have a rapid effect but generally it may take at least a few days to work.
Supporting every body
As a Fertility Support Trained practitioner I am committed to supporting every birthing body and all permutations of the people it takes to make a family. To using the correct Pronouns for each person who walks through the door. To recognise the unique journey taken by same-sex couples and the complex and sometimes traumatic journey that fertility work can represent to Trans and non-binary people. To treat known egg donors and surrogates without judgement. To acknowledge the unique challenges medical racism (or even just existing in a black or brown body) can pose to people of colour, and within this, to recognise our own privilege and be open to course correction without fragility. And finally, to accept without question the lived experience of all people who walk through our doors. I aim to treat people fairly and to recognise and respond to their individual needs, experiences and aspirations. Firmly believing that human diversity strengthens and enriches our society, The Fertility Support Company strives to provide healthcare without discrimination and with open-hearted, skilled, support.