I am in my early 40’s. My husband and I have tried for several years. I have severe endometriosis with endometrioma in both my ovaries. I have had 3 failed cycles of IVF, was diagnosed with diminished ovarian reserve and was eventually recommended to consider donor eggs. I decided to visit Olivia and after 6 months I got pregnant naturally. I am now over 20 weeks pregnant (naturally pregnant with my first child).
Olivia has a holistic approach. She understood and took notes of my medical history. She recommended supplements and provided lifestyle advice to complement her treatment. Olivia helped me reduce my pain post the 3 cycles of IVF. My BBT charts started to show more regularity and a more normal/healthier pattern. In the 6th month of her treatment, we got a positive pregnancy test! We were absolutely delighted and over the moon with joy!
On a personal level Olivia is always very clam, informative and caring. She is always very attentive and closely monitors her patients in detail. Her care is not limited to the sessions while you are with her at her clinic, but she is always approachable and responsive inbetween sessions as well. Being treated by Olivia you can tell she has a passion for what she does. Based on her experience, she has built up vast knowledge where she does not hesitate to share the knowledge and recommendations with her patients.
Olivia has played a great part in our fertility journey and to help get us where we are today. My husband and I would highly recommend Olivia and can’t thank her enough. [Note from Olivia – Although not mentioned here, I also prescribed Chinese Herbal medicine to Mrs T for three months before conceiving, which she took around the time of ovulation and in the second half of her cycle].
I was recommended to Olivia by a fellow acupuncturist to aid my treatment through IVF as she was also experienced in Chinese herbs.
Olivia was professional and very respectful of the treatment that I was going through.
Unfortunately my IVF failed, however 4 weeks after I got a positive pregnancy test. I am now sitting here with my 11 week old little girl.
I wish I had found Olivia earlier and used acupuncture longer before starting IVF as I wholeheartedly believe it helped with getting my much longed for baby.
I met Olivia Shaw through my then boyfriend, now husband, D. I needed treatment as I have PCOS and wanted to sort out my very irregular periods, with a view to eventually getting pregnant.
I was really unsure what to expect, and my husband, who is a conventional doctor, was initially quite skeptical about the whole thing.
After my initial session and introduction to acupuncture (I had never had a session before), I felt deeply relaxed and felt that I was benefiting in some way that I couldn’t quite put my finger on. I had initially bonded with Olivia as a friend, but found that it was easy to slip into a more professional practitioner/patient relationship with her when we were having our sessions. She has a very gentle way about her, always sympathetic and compassionate.
I decided to go ahead with a fairly intensive three-month programme involving an acupuncture session initially once a week and Chinese herbs (these I had to boil up myself and drink the resulting concoction daily). I was also to take my temperature every morning on waking and then mark it on a graph (Basal Temperature Chart) to see what it was doing. My temperature became a very good gauge of how my body was responding to the treatment.
When I started the treatment in early Feb 2007 I hadn’t had a period since the previous December and my temperature was see-sawing all over the place. By the end of March, I’d had my first period, and from the way my temperature readings were beginning to regulate, it was clear that my body was responding positively to the treatment. Interesting to note, my initially skeptical soon-to-be-husband was quickly being won over! I also felt a lot better in myself and looked forward to the feelings of relaxation that the sessions would leave me with. The needles were never painful – Olivia is very gentle and tells you exactly what she is doing so it’s not scary in any way.
D and I got married at the end of June 2007, and we immediately began to try for a family. Because of my history of PCOS and irregular periods, we assumed that we would be in for a long wait, but to our surprise and delight, I fell pregnant a month after the wedding. Our baby was born the following April – a beautiful baby girl!
E. was born just 4 days late. I had the water birth I wanted and a decent 11hr labor. She weighed in at 6lb 7oz and 10 days later is above birth weight, feeding well and even slept from midnight to 8am this morning – the midwife comfortingly assures us that it won’t last, but I don’t believe her – there were times not so long ago when I didn’t believe that we would be blessed with a child at all. Thank you for helping us to make her happen.
As a sufferer of Polycystic Ovaries I needed fertility treatment to conceive my first child. I was consequently shocked and elated to fall pregnant a second time whilst breastfeeding. Sadly the pregnancy resulted in a traumatic miscarriage and I was keen to find an acupuncturist to help me get my body back into shape before trying again.
I found Olivia through the internet and bonded with her instantly. She immediately inspired confidence with her in-depth knowledge of fertility issues. She would explain her proposed courses of treatment before implementing them so I clearly understood what she was doing, allowing me to just relax and allow my body to respond. Within two months of seeing Olivia I had my first natural period in over ten years and within four months I was pregnant!
I found Olivia via an advertisement whilst searching for a treatment to regulate my periods in my attempt to become pregnant.
From our first telephone conversation, I felt very at ease with Olivia and confident that she would try her best to help me.
I found Olivia to be very knowledgeable on the subject of fertility and she explained things in simple terms. I was very touched at her excitement when we achieved a normal menstrual cycle; however, as the weeks progressed and she felt that the treatment could not help me, she was extremely honest and advised me to discontinue treatment.
I would recommend Olivia as an acupuncture practitioner to anyone interested in trying this form of treatment. It is not painful or uncomfortable (even if you don’t like needles) and Olivia makes you feel very at ease.
I discovered Olivia advertising in a local parenting magazine and she treated me before, during and after the birth of my third child at the age of 42. Acupuncture certainly helped with morning sickness, maintaining even blood pressure and general health and stamina. My daughter was born a day after her due date. I had a completely natural birth without any medical intervention. Acupuncture also proved really helpful when the time came to naturally induce the labor. I found acupuncture a very relaxing, painless treatment that I would recommend to all pregnant women.
I found out about Olivia and the treatments that she offers through research on the internet. I went to see her for help in improving my fertility as my husband and I had been trying for a baby for a while without success. I thought that we might be facing fertility treatment so wanted to do everything I could to give my body a helping hand. Well it was the best decision I ever made. Through having regular sessions of acupuncture and also some herbal medicine to give me a boost it turned out that in 9 months I became pregnant completely naturally! As well as the treatment, I found that just having Olivia as a listening ear really helped to calm and relax my mind. I urge anyone who is considering the treatments Olivia offers to give it a go. I promise you that it truly will reap its rewards!
I have endometriosis and after 3 years of trying to conceive, I found Olivia’s details on the internet and thought to try acupuncture as a way of complementing IUI treatment I was due to have. I have always been afraid of needles but Olivia put me at ease and not only did the acupuncture help me mentally, I also found myself pregnant within weeks of beginning acupuncture treatment without having to undergo IUI. I would not hesitate in recommending Olivia for fertility treatment and beyond.