PODCAST: Dr. Katie Martin, Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Katie Martin is a licensed Clinical Psychologist in San Diego who has specialized fertility experience. She ran one of the largest surrogacy and egg donor programs in the country where she helped to connect intended parents with donors and surrogates.  Dr. Martin currently sees individuals, couples and families in her practice to help them better manage the stress related to fertility issues. 

 

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CLINIC UPDATES: 2 New Fertility Support Groups Provide Encouragement, Hope

The path to successful conceiving, and carrying, a baby can be a bumpy one, paved with both moments of hope and silent grief.  When a woman doesn’t conceive as quickly as anticipated, or receives an infertility diagnosis, she can experience feelings of disbelief, anger, shock and depression. Additionally, many women feel isolated in these struggles, as the family and friends they count on for their support system in other areas of their life often don’t understand the unique trials of fertility issues.

Finding support, encouragement and camaraderie with others who are experiencing similar fertility challenges alleviates the stress and isolation a woman feels during her fertility journey, thus improving her chances of conceiving. With this in mind, the Zen Fertility Center has created two support groups:

·         The Pioneer Group  - a monthly, in-person support group facilitated by two fertility experts
The inaugural meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 6:00pm at the Zen Fertility Center (7969 Engineer Road, Suite 209, San Diego, CA 92111). Facilitated by Julie Chang, owner and founder of Zen Fertility Center, and reproductive psychologist Dr. Katie Martin, the hour-long session will include a brief presentation on how women can find physical, emotional, mental and social support as they move through their fertility journey. Time for questions and answers and an open group discussion will follow.

·         Zen Fertility Center Connection - a private, invite-only Facebook group
Currently accepting new members and is open to all women, regardless of where they are in their fertility journey, participation and posts for this private Facebook group will never show up in members’ newsfeeds or timelines and only other members can see who is part of the community. This is an ideal outlet for women who can’t make the in-person groups or need extra support in between the monthly group meetings.

Attendees of either group do not have to be a current patient of Zen Fertility Center to participate.  To RSVP for the Pioneer Group, request a Facebook invitation to Zen Fertility Center Connection, or for more information, contact Julie at Info@ZenFertility.com.

Also, remember that emotional support combined with acupuncture helps treat fertility on a holistic level and acupuncture is a healthy way to counter the increases of stress during a busy holiday season! To schedule an acupuncture treatment appointment with Julie Chang, please call (858) 495-0771.

A FERTILE LIFESTYLE: 3 Ways to Survive Daylight Savings Time

 It's time to "fall back" this Sunday, November 3 and set your clocks 1 hour back. As the days get shorter, it can sometimes make us feel sluggish. If you're having an especially difficult time adjusting, acupuncture may help you reset your body. Call us at (858) 495-0771 for a quick "reboot" treatment. Other tips for adjusting more quickly:

1.) Starting tonight, got to bed 15 minutes earlier to give yourself a few days to adjust to the time change.  After all, your body is used to a certain schedule.  Rising or going to bed 15 minutes earlier for a few days is one of the best ways to avoid problems with sleep disturbance.
 
2.) Start cutting back or removing the caffeine and the alcohol. 

3.) On Sunday, eat breakfast near a window or take an early walk outdoors. Bright light exposure in the morning helps regulate the body’s internal clock.  By getting sun in early, your alertness peaks when it counts and you will be appropriately sleepy by nightfall.

Women undergoing medicated fertility treatments should make an extra effort to transition as quickly and smoothly as possible to minimize any adverse effects the disruption in your natural body rhythms may have on the fertility medications.  Acupuncture during these few days will help get you back on track more quickly.