Hatfield Acupuncture Practice is run by Helen Taylor-Weekes Co-Director of the practice and Senior Acupuncturist with nearly 30 years of experience. Helen works alongside Shai Patel BA BSc (Acupuncture) MBAcC. Shai is a Traditional four element Acupuncturist. Prior to joining the Hatfield Practice Jenny worked in private practice in Harley Street..
Helen’s special interests at the Hatfield practice are Traditional Chinese Acupuncture, Acupuncture for fertility, IVF, male fertility problems & pregnancy related issues. Previously Helen has worked as an Consultant Acupuncturist, health care advisor and chemistry teacher. At home she is a wife and mother with six children and five grand children. Helen successfully helped to establish The Welwyn & Hatfield Practice in the nineties with her husband Ian who works as the Senior Osteopath.
Helen has helped many couples trying to conceive naturally or are on their way through IUI, IVF or ICSI towards a successful pregnancy and parenthood. Acupuncture can be used safely alongside IVF. Acupuncture can also be practiced safely right through your pregnancy and after giving birth. Helen provides treatments to prepare you for birth and our Hatfield Practice is set up for postnatal support and treatments. Helens strength is that she is very involved and provides as much contact and support with couples as they need, even out of hours through the medium of text messages and supportive phone calls. We do our utmost to add the personal touch by getting to know you. Importantly staying in contact and encouraging you during stressful periods and laughing with you during happy ones. In short we are there 100% all the way.
Over the years many couples have come to our Hatfield Fertility Acupuncturist Helen for advice. Generally people come with specific questions and procedures on how to get into optimum shape for conception and pregnancy. Your first consultation is very detailed and will cover all your medical history so it helps to write it all down before you come for your first consultation.
A Happy and Healthy Pregnancy
As science progresses, more and more evidence points to the fact that the right combinations of diet, exercise and emotional well being will improve your chances. With a few gentle lifestyle changes (Acupuncture can support this process) you can increase your chances of a happy and healthy pregnancy. Your good health will of course improve your unborn baby’s health and all-round potential too. We also understand that fertility treatments can be extremely stressful for both partners. We do our utmost to add the personal touch by getting to know you and by staying in contact and supporting you during stressful periods and laughing with you during happy ones. In short we are there 100% all the way.
Acupuncture at The Hatfield Practice helps to support your health. It makes sense that if your bodily systems are working well together, a couple’s chances of conception greatly increase. Acupuncture can help you through all stages from conception, pregnancy to pre-birth, delivery and post natal care. Our real joy is in helping you to be happy parents with healthy babies. Our unique style of treatment, personal care and Acupuncture specific to your needs works really well and helps our patients to conceive. Studies have shown that Acupuncture supports health, IVF and complex health related infertility issues. We have had great success in the last few years with many happy parents and babies.
WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE AND WHAT DOES IT DO ?
Fertility Acupuncture Hatfield is a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine which involves placing very fine needles into the skin of different points in order to stimulate the flow of Qi pronounced (“Chee”) which is the body’s energy. Acupuncture has been used for centuries to balance energy and treat fertility problems in both men and women. There is now an impressive body of evidence to support this success. Evidence suggests that it balances organ systems and increases hormones thereby normalising blood supply to the reproductive system. Ultrasound studies have shown that Acupuncture “normalises” blood flow to the womb and fallopian tubes improving the likelihood of a healthy pregnancy. It also helps to reduce cortisol levels (stress hormones) which may have a detrimental effect on the body’s ability to conceive or hold onto a pregnancy.
A large scale trial conducted at New York’s Weill Medical College of Cornell University conducted that Acupuncture treatment has the following fertility-boosting effects:
- Increased blood flow to the uterus improving the chances of the fertilised egg to implant.
- Increased hormone (GnRH) which regulates reproduction.
- Lower stress hormones that interfere with ovulation.
- Normalised fertility hormones that regulate ovulation.
- Improve ovulation cycles in women with poly-cystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
- Improves pregnancy rates in women undergoing IVF by up to 50%.