DID you know one-in-six couples struggle with fertility in Australia? They are crazy stats.
I had absolutely no idea until I read up on it a couple of years ago, after a friend had been trying for a baby for seven years. (She recently fell pregnant thanks to an egg donor.)
Over the last couple of years, I’ve met so many women who are struggling to fall pregnant and it breaks my heart.
The stress and pressure placed on them can be debilitating.
For those ladies who are struggling, I’d love to introduce you to a great friend of mine who I’ve been busting to tell you about for a while.
Her name is Edwina Taylor and she is a fertility massage specialist based in Bayswater.
She treats women suffering from infertility, recurrent miscarriages, reproductive complaints, menstrual issues and a host of other conditions.
This week she is celebrating another birth of a bub. Little Leo was born on the 10th of June to a beautiful couple who had been trying to fall pregnant for close to a year, after a miscarriage.
It was an emotional time for her after losing a pregnancy but after a few treatments with Edwina, she fell pregnant naturally and gave birth to a healthy baby boy.
Caroline is another client of Edwina’s and she celebrated the birth of a baby boy last year.
“Having been on a mentally and physically exhausting journey to get pregnant for nearing five years and trying a mixture of natural therapies and IVF, I was keen to try something new that would assist my dream in becoming a mum as nothing was successful,” she said.
“After reading some positive reports on fertility massage I wanted to try it, so I approached Edwina to see if she would be willing to give this alternative therapy a go as she was a massage therapist.
“Fertility massage sounded like a perfect non-invasive treatment that would help improve my chances of conceiving and complement any future IVF cycles.”
“Her approach was methodical and sympathetic to my circumstances, as well as being relaxing and I had complete peace of mind that I was helping my journey towards fertility, whatever the outcome,” Caroline said.
“I only needed a few sessions and then my problem was trying to make up excuses to Edwina as to why I couldn’t come back for more sessions, as I was actually pregnant — what a great problem to have!
“I am now a proud mum to a happy and healthy boy called Fergus who just turned one this year.”
As I chatted to Edwina for this column, she received this text from a client in her forties, “I can’t make my next appointment because I’m pregnant”.
Edwina said: “I’m just so excited and happy for this couple and best of all the baby was conceived naturally and is due in October.”
These are just a few of the success stories since Edwina trained and became qualified to be a fertility massage practitioner.
With many positive pregnancy results, either naturally or together with IVF, the treatment is not just for women trying to conceive, but also benefits women with a range of menstrual conditions.
For those wondering what is fertility massage actually is, I asked Edwina to explain: “It’s a non-invasive, nurturing therapy bringing harmony and balance to the reproductive, digestive and sacral areas working emotionally and physically to help heal and move forward.
“The therapy involves sacrum and abdominal massage, monitoring menstrual cycles, hormones, cervical mucus, bowels, and nutrition this, in turn, will improve poor egg health, follicles, fallopian tubes and cervical mucus production all relative to fertility.
“Emotionally it allows women to release their vulnerable feelings in a comfortable and safe environment not feeling judged for whatever or wherever she is at the time and opening up enough to heal.
Heidi at one of Edwina’s seminars.
“The physical aspects alone work by bringing the organs within the abdominal area back into alignment, releasing pressure and strengthening the surrounding muscles and ligaments.
“The massage focuses on breaking down scar tissue, helping to loosen hard debris that may be accumulating in the gut for years, increasing egg health, follicles and cervical mucus production, reducing stress and stress hormones, maintaining and returning to regular menstrual cycles, improving hormone balance, improves discomfort in the abdominal region such as water retention, bloating, wind, IBS, constipation and increases circulation and deep relaxation.
“These, in turn, encourage natural movement clearing both physical and emotional congestion leaving your abdomen feeling lighter.”
Edwina is not only making babies, she is helping women improve their health and wellbeing.
“I’ve had great success with improving menstrual cycles, regular ovulation, hormone balancing, less pain associated with your menstrual cycle, removing stagnant blood and tissues, improving abdominal discomfort, decreasing stress and letting go of past traumas and pain.
“Every woman is different, so by incorporating a number of therapies including massage, counselling, support, gentle movement, healing, visualisations and connecting women back to their womb it all plays a vital role in enhancing fertility.”
— Edwina is holding a retreat for women called “Heal Your Womb” incorporating self-massage, meditation, gentle movement and learning how you can improve your life through understanding your menstrual cycle. It will be held on Sunday 24th July, from 12pm to 4pm. For more details please visit her website www.edwinataylor.com.au.