IVF and IUI Support Infertility Testimonials
Acupuncture On-Site for IVF transfer Calms & Comforts Traveling Client
"Kathleen was referred to me by the Wisconsin Fertility Institute for additional support for the day of my transfer. Traveling from out of town didn't allow for us to meet and work with one another until the time of our appointment, but that didn't stop me from having one of the most transformative experiences to date! From our very first contact, Kathleen's professionalism impressed me. Her streamlined business processes (prompt return call, online scheduling & clear instructions) went above and beyond my expectations. During a time that is emotional and stressful, compounded with the frustration of commuting several hours from out of town, Kathleen's demeanor and compassion were such a comfort for me. I was a bundle of nerves before my transfer but the hour that Kathleen and I spent together changed everything and allowed the calm me to resurface! She was sensitive yet focused. Her attention to the ambiance (dimming the lights, playing relaxation music and covering me with a blanket to keep me warm) was greatly appreciated as it all was pivotal to the success of the acupuncture treatment. Her guided meditation allowed my mind to let go of any fears and insecurities, any self-judgment or pain that I was holding onto in order to make space for positivity and goodness which is so critical, especially during this time! Her presence, kindness, calmness & expertise completely shifted my experience and I am beyond grateful. I cannot imagine my transfer without the assistance and tools provided by Kathleen. And the fact that she comes directly to the Clinic is such a bonus! I would recommend to any women who is living with fertility issues, whatever they may be, begin a relationship with Kathleen immediately. My only regret is that I don't live in the same town! She is truly a gem." – Jenni Jo, Wausau, WI in July 2014
Fertility IVF Success with Chinese Herbs & Acupuncture
"I had tried IVF twice and we were unsuccessful both times. We had enough money and embryos for one last try when our physician suggested I try acupuncture. I started acupuncture with Kathleen in May of 2007. I was unsure about the procedure, but thought I would give it a try. After just a few sessions I was feeling better and the side effects of all the hormones were less. I thought by the end of June, 'This just might work.' I kept up with the diet restrictions and vitamins suggested. On July 7th we transferred our last four embryos, had acupuncture – then prayed and waited. Two weeks later we had our pregnancy test. It was finally positive. Two weeks after that I saw our son's heartbeat for the first time on ultrasound. The pregnancy went smoothly and we delivered a healthy boy at 37 weeks on March 6, 2008. Thank you, Kathleen for being an integral part of bringing us our boy. He is a joy and we are grateful for everything you did." - SH
Emotional Support and IVF Success with Acupuncture
"I highly recommend Kathleen. For our second pregnancy, my husband and I had to use IVF after failed IUI attempts. A few friends highly recommended supporting our efforts with acupuncture. Through regular visits and Kathleen's expertise and emotional support we are happy to say that IVF worked on the first try. I continued to visit Kathleen during my first trimester to support the pregnancy, as well as the final weeks of the pregnancy. We have a beautiful baby boy now and can't say enough about the experience I had with Kathleen." - SW
Customized Acupuncture and IUI Lead to Baby Daughter
"The journey to having another child wasn’t an easy one being considered “old” in the eyes of doctors. I had my son at a young age and wasn’t married for the first time until the age of 35. A year later my husband and I decided that we really wanted to have a baby. My doctor told me right away how hard it is to get pregnant after the age of 35, but since I already had a child I thought it wouldn’t be a problem. After 6 months of trying my doctor had my husband and I start fertility testing which everything came back as being normal. Then after a couple more years of trying we decided to go to a fertility clinic in search of a solution and additional options. Of course at the fertility clinic they had more tests that we had to endure to try to find the reason why I had not gotten pregnant yet. Still all the tests came back fine and everything was considered normal so there still was no explanation. Again I was told that because of my advanced age I had a very slim chance of getting pregnant.
My husband and I still decided to proceed with fertility treatments because it just seemed like there was no definite answer to why I was not getting pregnant. So first I started out taking fertility drugs and having an IUI that was successful because I became pregnant but unfortunately had a miscarriage at only 6 ½ weeks. Having the miscarriage was devastating but we continued on with the fertility drugs and IUIs because it had worked once.
After several more months of increased fertility drug dosages and IUIs (I lost count but I believe around 8), I started seeing my dream slip away because all of the doctors continued to say that it was because of my age. I was starting feeling so depressed and giving up hope; it felt like it was entirely my fault that I couldn’t conceive a child with my husband, which is what we wanted so badly. Out of desperation we then moved on to having an IVF, which again was not successful. At this point I was feeling like it was time to give up because nothing seemed to be working and we had spent thousands upon thousands of dollars. The deep desire to have a child along with the fact that not one doctor was able to tell me exactly what was preventing me from being able to conceive, besides what they guessed which was my age, is what kept me going.
That is when I was searching online for more answers when I came across acupuncture. Since at this point I was open to trying anything I made an appointment for a consultation and saw Kathleen Stoneman right before I tried another IVF cycle with a frozen egg that I had left from the previous IVF attempt. Even though that IVF didn’t work, I still finally had a glimpse of hope again because Kathleen was the first person to tell me that I wasn’t too old. Instead what she talked about actually made sense. Again I started off doing some testing but this time it was testing to see what kind of shape my body was in as far as my immune and digestive system. Turns out I had a lot of things to work on both physically and mentally. I found out I had food allergies, food sensitivities, and candida so it was imperative to get those issues taken care of before trying to conceive again. With consistent acupuncture appointments, changing my diet, and taking the correct supplements along with custom herbs I was able to get my body healthy again. I also had to get myself in a better frame of mind and let go of all the negative feelings I was carrying around. It took me awhile to get there but over the couple of years Kathleen became more than just my acupuncturist she was my emotional supporter. This really meant a lot to me because the journey was not always easy like when I had a miscarriage at 9 weeks shortly after we started trying again with an IUI.
This story ends with a happy ending because 3 months after I had that second miscarriage I was pregnant again. In January 2011, God blessed us with a beautiful and healthy baby girl. I can’t say enough for all the things that Kathleen did for me getting my body healthy again so I could conceive, and for getting me through a healthy pregnancy. She is compassionate, caring, and a true expert in this field. I can never thank her enough!" - KM
Holistic Health Care for Both Mom and Dad Results in Healthy Baby Boy
"My husband and I began receiving care from our "true healer", as we call Kathleen Stoneman, in early Spring of 2015. We had been through one failed round of IVF for a male factor infertility diagnosis. Prior to my husband undergoing sperm extraction at Mayo Clinic, we sought care from Kathleen, and began realizing there was much more to gain from holistic health care than just increasing our chances of success with assisted reproductive therapy. I started going to her a few months before starting the oral contraceptives as part of an IVF cycle, and she performed acupuncture which helped me sleep better, have regular bowel movements, and allowed me a time for relaxation that I was never "finding time for" in my busy life of working as a nurse and commuting each day.
Not only did I undergo a regimented schedule of acupuncture throughout the IVF process, but Kathleen's dog, Auggie, is her spiritual business and life partner, and he startled me when I was devastated that the only surviving embryo transferred to me may not result in the creation of life that my husband and I so desperately wanted. As I was leaving her office that week one day, Kathleen said, "I will see you next week... pregnant". I was encouraged by her excitement, but to my absolute astonishment, she was right!!! It worked! And there is no doubt in my mind that the needle points Kathleen used to improve blood flow to my uterus, the suggestions of what to eat throughout the high hormone level stimulation cycle, and the enthusiastic life coaching she provided helped create our miracle. Baby Jameson was born March 24, 2016!
I saw Kathleen throughout my pregnancy as she recommended. When I was 39 weeks and 2 days pregnant, I was ready in all aspects to deliver my baby, and Kathleen performed acupuncture on specific needle points which likely assisted my labor to begin naturally THAT NIGHT!!! I have never been so thankful and completely satisfied with the care I have received from any provider, as I am with the treatment I have been given from Kathleen. Laying on her table, completely relaxed, I always go through a list of deserving friends and family members that I wish I could gift an acupuncture package to. I will continue to have pre-tax flex spending money taken out of my paychecks to cover seeing Kathleen as my acupuncturist, because she is so much more than that, and that is EXACTLY what it means to receive holistic health care." - Megan S. Fall River, WI