Consultant Support Services

We are always looking at ways that we can further support our clients and give a First Class service.

Working with Consultants Dr Rina Agrawal and Dr Soma Mukherjee we can now provide the following services:

  • Support When Travelling Abroad for Fertility Treatment (or Far from Home in the UK)
    • Scans, blood tests, acupuncture and consultant care.
  • Ultra Sound Scans
  • Consultant Care – before and during pregnancy.

Our Consultants

Dr Rina Agrawal

Pre Conception and Early Pregnancy – Working with Dr Rina Agrawal we can give our clients a first class service; ultra sound scans, advice and referral for consultant lead care.

Once you are pregnant, in those vital first few weeks we can offer reassurance ultrasound scans and consultation, providing immediate care and treatment.

Dr Soma Mukherjee

8 Weeks Pregnant – Once you are 8 weeks pregnant we can offer you the fantastic support of Dr Soma Mukherjee, her out standing work with multiple pregnancies and for those that have suffered with pregnancy loss or high risk pregnancies gives our patients the opportunity to receive immediate private treatment and on going care.

Fertility Support prides ourselves on offering the very best professionals giving our patients the very best experience whilst working towards the dream of having the beautiful family they so dearly deserve .

All Scanning and pregnancy services are carried out at UCH Coventry

Fertility Support and Consultant Referral

I met this lovely couple in August this year, they have been trying for a baby for 1 year prior to seeing me. They had been pregnant but traumatically received news that the foetus had stopped growing at their 12 week scan, they were obviously devastated and very fearful of what may happen next.

They came for me for extra support, during my initial consultation I made suggestions regarding supplements and additional blood test that may be could be requested from her GP. I then carried out a number of acupuncture treatments. The couple successfully conceived after the first month of treatment, in the early weeks I helped with a consultant referral due to some initial spotting and the pregnancy is progressing perfectly, we are currently waiting for 12 week scan. I see her once a month for treatment and support.

We can provide a bespoke service when working with our clients and work closely with Dr. Agrawal, to ensure that all our clients get the support when and where they need it.

Deciding to have a consultation with Jacqui was one of the best decisions we have made for a long time. From the first consultation it was great to know that we had a fertility expert on our side. She was extremely reassuring and compassionate about our situation and straight away made sure we were on the correct supplements, tracking ovulation correctly and advised some initial blood tests. For me this included testing my thyroid and giving me the information to challenge the GP when my test results showed levels that could be reducing our chances of conceiving and increasing the risk of miscarriage. After the first month of acupuncture we had fantastic news! Unfortunately, a week later I started spotting and this brought all the worry and anxiety back. I contacted Jackie and she booked me into the see Dr. Agrawal at CRM the next day. At the consultation we had a full history taken, scan (everything ok so far) and further blood tests. Due to our history we were also given a private prescription for progesterone to stop the spotting. It was really reassuring that we had done everything we possibly could do to support our baby and it was only through Jacqui that we were able to get such a quick consultant referral. Since then we have had a further two scans and everything is looking good. We keep everything crossed for a positive 12 week scan and I will continue to see Jacqui throughout the pregnancy. I cannot recommend Jackie enough. We are extremely grateful for all her expertise, help and support throughout what is a very emotional time.

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Expanding our Coventry Clinic

It’s been a busy few months at the Fertility Support Clinic; alongside helping lots of couples to start there dreams of having a family we have been expanding our Coventry clinic.

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We now have three beautiful treatment rooms at our clinic in Coventry.

Our clinic in Leamington Spa will be moving to 39A Regent Street.

Our clients come and see us from Coventry, Kenilworth, Leamington Spa, Rugby, Solihull and sometimes even further afield.

Please contact us in confidence about the fertility and pregnancy support services we offer.

Implications Counselling BICA Survey

Last year a survey by British Infertility Counselling Association (BICA) and Infertility Network UK (INUK) revealed some worrying findings about counselling in licensed UK fertility clinics. 214 patients were asked whether they were offered counselling as part of treatment, how its relevance was explained to them, and their experiences of counselling.

The survey showed some infertility clinics are breaching their licensing conditions with one third of infertility patients not being offered counselling.

It is a mandatory requirement by the HFEA that patients are routinely offered counselling and its value is explained to them, yet clinics did not always meet this requirement.

  • 33% of respondents said they were not offered counselling
  • 20% were not aware that counselling was offered at their clinic
  • Of those who were aware, 61% felt the potential benefits of counselling were not made clear to them.

Ruth Wilde, outgoing chair of BICA, said:

“Counselling is an integral part of infertility treatment, not a luxury, yet many people are not even being offered information about counselling and how it could be of benefit to them before, during and after treatment. Clinics have a duty of care to their patients and the HFEA makes it clear that the offer of counselling is a mandatory part of this care in a defined set of circumstances. Infertility is an extremely stressful procedure with huge potentially long term emotional consequences and patients should expect to have access to counselling support as part of this process.

“The issue is not simply about patients being made aware of counselling, it is about how it is offered and the value and emphasis attributed to it. The survey reflects what we as practitioners know, but clinics and clinicians sometimes fail to understand – that it is not just about offering counselling as a box-ticking exercise, but about communicating the reasons and benefits for having it.

“There is support out there: BICA seeks to continually raise the standard of support offered to people affected by fertility issues and involuntary childlessness and to help them access the right help. Everyone having licensed treatment should be able to see an infertility counsellor through his or her clinic.”

I N UK’s chief executive, Susan Seenan, said:

“We know from the people who talk to us every single day that the emotional impact of infertility is as devastating as ever. The sorrow, anger, and frustration that can come with prolonged fertility problems invade every area of life and people need the right help and support to help them cope. That clearly isn’t happening anywhere near as often as it should be.

“This survey has shown what we have long suspected and we will be working with BICA and the HFEA and push for changes to ensure patients are getting the full package of care. Counselling can be a lifeline and clinics are failing patients if they overlook this.”

It’s sad to hear of people not getting the help need when undergoing fertility treatment. Here at Fertility Support we provided counselling for couples at all stages including implications counselling. Please contact us in confidence to find out how we can help.

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Thinking about Fertility Treatment Abroad

Choosing to have fertility treatment abroad is for many a fantastic choice. Not only is fertility treatment readily available with very reduced waiting time the prices are also very reasonable and the quality of care and treatment excellent. For couples who are seeking IVF / ICSI with own egg and sperm or others who may be seeking donor IVF/ICSI including same sex couples and women who are thinking of becoming single moms by choice, fertility clinics abroad can offer that chance to become the parent that you always dreamed of, where UK clinics may not. The number of fertility clinics abroad and all the different options can be overwhelming, so having someone support and guide you through the choices can save expense and time.

How Fertility Support can assist in Fertility Treatment Abroad

Fertility Support can provide an initial consultation to sit down and go through your case and discuss options, such as the best overseas clinic for you and your needs and possible costs etc. We can also provide the following services:

  • Refer you to a consultant in this country to perform Endometrial Scratch (ES) during your monitored cycle (the cycle preceding your IVF blood test).
  • All blood tests can be taken by our phlebotomist at the clinic, the results are then sent directly from a Dr’s Laboratory in London to your overseas clinic.
  • We can refer you to a pharmacy service to help with overseas prescriptions.
  • Ultrasound scans can be done for base line and during cycle –  results can be sent directly to your clinic abroad.
  • Acupuncture treatment is available at each stage of the IVF/ICSI cycle e.g to help with stress levels, help thicken endometrial lining and follicular development.
  • Alongside our other services we can provide counselling and Implications Counselling to help support you at any stage of this process.

Fertility Support is here to help with every step of your fertility journey. For some people the idea of staying abroad for 15 days or more of the IVF/ICSI cycle may be really difficult and costly, so we can give you the option to have all your blood tests and ultrasound scans here in the UK.

During our initial consultation we are able to discuss the options and how I can help during the process. I have worked with couples that are excellent at resourcing many aspects of their treatment and require acupuncture and ultrasound scans, others may need a little more help and support, my aim is to be here to support you throughout your journey as an individual or couple.

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Electro Acupuncture Treatments

Electro Acupuncture is quite similar to traditional acupuncture in that the same points are stimulated during treatment. As with traditional acupuncture, needles are inserted on specific points along the body. The needles are then attached to a device that generates continuous electric pulses using small clips. These devices are used to adjust the frequency and intensity of the impulse being delivered, depending on the condition being treated. Electro Acupuncture uses two needles at a time so that the impulses can pass from one needle to the other. Several pairs of needles can be stimulated simultaneously, usually for no more than 30 minutes at a time.

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Antiphospholipid Syndrome

What is Antiphospholipid Syndrome?

Antiphospholipid syndrome, also known as sticky blood or Hughes Syndrome, is an autoimmune disease that can cause abnormal blood clotting in any blood vessel – both arteries and veins.

Antiphospholipid Syndrome accounts for as many as one in five cases of recurrent miscarriage. Miscarriage is thought to result from the disruption of blood flow through the small blood vessels of the placenta. Although the exact sequence of events isn’t yet clear, without adequate nutrients the placenta fails and the baby is lost. Miscarriage late in pregnancy is very strongly linked to antiphospholipid syndrome.

The syndrome has also been linked to pre-eclampsia, placental abruption and intrauterine growth restriction.

Unfortunately, some women suffer six or more miscarriages before antiphospholipid syndrome is diagnosed and the appropriate treatment given.

How I can help:

  • Traditional diagnoses and in depth consultation resulting in identifying areas of concern
  • Fast tracking to GP for appropriate blood tests
  • Sign-posting to best suited specialists in the treatment of immune issues affecting fertility – I have a working professional relationship with a top consultant in Warwickshire and Dr George Ndukwe through my Zita West affiliation
  • Understanding the intra lipid treatment or IVIG treatment
  • Being able to take blood to send off for monthly testing when necessary once pregnancy has been achieved
  • Being able to support through stressful situations with counselling and relaxation techniques
  • Support blood circulation with acupuncture.

Contact us in confidence, for a free consultation about our fertility support services.

Pregnancy | Acupuncture | Blood Tests | Counselling

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Acupunture with IVF Testimonial

“I booked in for a free consultation with Jacqui at the start of my infertility journey, having just been referred to the CRM for testing. I felt overwhelmed with confusion and keen to give myself the best possible chance of conceiving. Her deep understanding of my situation immediately made me feel better. As the weeks and months went on Jacqui was the most enormous source of support and solace. I always looked forward to her sessions as a time for myself, and she could always cheer me up with some well chosen wise words of encouragement, a friendly ear, or just a bit of a gossip.

She bent over backwards to accommodate my need for treatments at ridiculous hours throughout the courses of IVF and I know will go the extra mile for all her clients. I can’t say enough about how much it meant to have someone to talk to who truly understands the ups and downs of fertility treatment and infertility. I’m now delighted to say that I’m a mum to a miraculous 6 week old boy, and I really feel like I wouldn’t be so blessed without her help.”

I saw this lovely couple when they were beginning to think about IVF. They had been trying to conceive for 2 years. We spent 3 months in preparation, looking at diet and supplements to help along with regular aacupuncture treatment.

The couple had the long protocol IVF treatment and everything went well. Response was very good for age and we were successful first time. I continued to give acupuncture treatment through out the pregnancy and the couple now have a little boy. They then went on to have their second baby with natural conception.

Quick Links: IVF / ICSI | Acupuncture | Pregnancy | Natural Fertility

Please Contact Us in confidence, for a free consultation about our fertility support services.

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Fertility Acupuncture Testimonial

“My husband and I had just had a failed IVF cycle when I first met Jacqueline. I found her details through the Zita West network of affiliated acupuncturists as I was looking for a practitioner with a special interest and expertise in fertility issues. I was feeling very low both emotionally and physically, but Jacqueline’s kind and compassionate nature was obvious from our first session together.

She has extensive understanding of the processes involved in fertility treatment, the side effects of the drugs and the emotional roller coaster that trying to conceive brings. This made her a huge support to me, going through what can be a very difficult process. I looked forward to our sessions because no matter how dreadful or worn out I was feeling I would come away feeling more balanced, with my spirits slightly lifted, ready to face the next step. Jacqueline went beyond the call of duty, making herself available on the day of embryo transfer at pretty unsociable hours to make sure that the acupuncture treatment was carried as close as possible to the transfer itself. She isn’t a 9-5 lady!

Hi Jacqui, just wanted to let you know that — was born on –, beautiful healthy and perfect! Thank you so much for your part in helping him into the world; so grateful to you for everything, will never forget.”

I know how important having a baby is to my patients, trying for a baby for so many can become a minefield of fertility treatments and expensive supplements and whacky ideas. I hope that I am able to bring some calm and rationality to my patients. Many have never considered acupuncture and i do believe that many are shocked at the results; feeling relaxed and being able to get a lovely harvest of eggs for IVF / ICSI being just two of them. Helping get the endometrial lining to optimum thickness before transfer is also helped by acupuncture. I am so blessed that so many people say that my support makes a difference; this makes me feel very humble.

Quick Links: IVF / ICSI | Acupuncture

Please contact us in confidence, for a free consultation about our fertility support services.

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Fertility Counselling and Acupuncture Testimonial

“I just wanted to let you know how much the six months of fertility counselling and acupuncture sessions helped me, and how grateful I am for the support you provided. You helped me to realise that I was not alone (or going crazy!) in my experience of infertility, and most importantly that I needed to fully express those feelings in order to let some of them go. A simple concept, but one I hadn’t realised I was resisting.

The impact on my well being and relationship with my husband has been so positive, and I can’t thank you enough. I feel it was no accident that I fell pregnant twice during the time I saw you; I’m sure your holistic support, including the acupuncture, was a key factor in us conceiving successfully, and starting our family at last. You have such a warmth, kindness and non-judgmental way about you, I haven’t hesitated in recommending you to a close friend.”

Talking through your emotions can be very beneficial, realising that actually you are not alone and that your feelings and emotions are quiet normal when going through such an emotional rollercoaster. Counselling can be beneficial and in some cases essential in setting the couple on the right track to a successful fertility process.

Quick Links: Counselling | Acupuncture

Please contact us in confidence, for a free consultation about our fertility support services.

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Acupuncture for Fertility Testimonial

“After trying to conceive for nearly four years, we started our first attempt at IVF a week after my 40th birthday. Due to the stressful nature of the treatment we felt that a natural therapy could perhaps provide a calming balance. After a little research we decided on acupuncture.

I found that positively concentrating on my body, and taking time out to keep calm and relaxed created a sense of wellbeing and ownership. I found being able to discuss my hopes and fears with Jacqui, who has an in depth knowledge of infertility and IVF as well as the emotional rollercoaster surrounding it, was extremely comforting and a great aid in being able to stay calm and positive during an intense few weeks.

We were delighted and shocked to receive the incredible news of a positive pregnancy test at the end of treatment and are awaiting our first scan.

I am continuing with acupuncture to allay any anxieties and to help me stay calm and positive during the coming months. Oh, and to help with the shock of course!”

I do see great results when treating with acupuncture for natural conception. After such a long road of disappointment, 4 years of trying – then what a gift to see such a happy couple!

Quick Links: IVF | Acupuncture | Pregnancy

Please contact us in confidence, for a free consultation about our fertility support services.

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Acupuncture Supporting IVF Testimonial

“I just wanted to take a few moments to say a huge thank you to Jacqui for all her support during my fertility treatment. I am currently 39 weeks pregnant and truly believe that the acupuncture and support from Jacqui were the key to my success.

I first came to see Jacqui in April 2011 and although I needed IVF in the end due to my diminished ovarian reserve, her support, positivity and the treatment through the IVF process resulted in it working first time, even though I only had 5 eggs!

Every visit Jacqui provides you with valuable information, she knows the local hospitals well and is a wealth of reassuring knowledge about fertility. I always felt positive and much more relaxed after seeing her and will actually miss our sessions going forward.

I may be in touch if the baby is late but if not I will pop in when the little monkey is born.”

There is actually quite a lot that can be done to help ovarian reserve AMH levels. It may take 3 months but as I always say to my patients it is “all about the egg”. Acupuncture, supplements and life style changes can help make a huge difference.

Quick Links: Acupuncture | Pregnancy | IVF / ICSI | AMH Fertility Testing

Please contact us in confidence, for a free consultation about our fertility support services.