Monday, April 30, 2007
Medical Reports: Point of Pregnancy
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese treatment and it may just hold the secret to life. A local doctor is using it to help women conceive. Seven's Lynn Martinez shows us how needles are getting women to the point of pregnancy.
WSVN -- There's nothing more joyful than bringing a baby into the world, but there's nothing more heart-breaking than wanting a child and not being able to have one.
Aimee Ole: "It's definitely emotional. You try and be happy for your best friend who just got pregnant, but, meanwhile, you're trying to get pregnant yourself."
For two long years, Aimee Ole and her husband Dan, tried to get pregnant.
When they couldn't conceive naturally, Aimee went through in vitro fertilization three different times, but still, no baby.
Dan Ole: "It was very frustrating just to see her go through all the problems and the pains-- just the shots itself."
Gaile and Matt Valcho didn't meet and marry until they were in their 40s.
While their love for each other came easy, a baby did not.
Gaile Valcho: "We've been through every conceivable fertility test there is. Luckily, we didn't have any medical problems. It's just the fact that we are both 42."
Their only option was fertility treatments.
Gaile Valcho: "It's been a roller coaster ride, exasperated by the fertility drugs, which make you more emotional, more stressed out because every time you go for another procedure, everything is hinging on that one procedure, and you're like, 'Is this going to be the month?' and then it doesn't happen."
But disappointment turned to hope for both couples when they heard about Dr. Ferrar Celada.
The Hollywood doctor performs acupuncture specifically for infertility and boasts a 70 percent pregnancy rate.
Dr. Farrar Celada: "We've had about 50 pregnancies and live births in the past two years."
The treatment involves placing needles on points of fertility to stimulate reproductive organs.
Dr. Celada: "Take a deep breath in, and breathe all the way to your belly."
Dr. Farrar Celada: "Infertility is helped with acupuncture by providing circulation to vital organs like the uterus and the ovaries."
Needles are also put in places where we hold stress, and some are even lit to make the experience more relaxing.
Dr. Farrar Celada: "It's not a miracle treatment that will get everyone pregnant. It just basically helps relax the body and encourages normal function."
Aimee underwent three months of acupuncture before her last in vitro treatment.
Aimee Ole: "She would hit my different pressure points and the uterus, on my uterus areas and focus on that just to relax it."
Dan Ole: "I did see a difference in her. I mean she was more relaxed and more calm."
It worked. She and Dan are now blessed with a 2-month-old baby girl.
Amiee Ole: "The end result, when you think you'll never have a family, something so beautiful comes out."
Gaile and Matt are also expecting something beautiful in November.
The ancient treatments, along with in vitro worked for her too.
Gaile Valcho: "Over the moon very, very excited."
Gazing at a picture of the baby they'll call their own, the point of pregnancy is finally hitting home.
Gaile Valcho: "Once I saw the heart beating, that for me was real. I think that's when I actually fell in love with my child."
Studies show acupuncture can boost the success rate of in vitro fertilization by at least 30 percent.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Dr. Ferrar Celada
3363 Sheridan St
Hollywood, FL 33021