Feedback on the IVF Companion CD
"We previously had undergone IVF and was lucky enough to concieve our son on the second cycle. After him we went on to have another 7 cycles after which I did get pregnant only to loose the baby at 10 weeks. We tried again a couple of times without success. It got to the point when I had to decied if we would continue with IVF or to just be happy with our son and know that I would not be able to give him a sibling. We decide to have one last go, this cycle was to be our 10th and final chance at giving our son a sibling, so I searched the internet for anything that may help.
I came across a lady that sells your CDs in Australia and bought the IVF companion as I was going to give it my best shot. I listened to the cd on the first day of starting the pill and until the day of my pregnancy blood test. The embryos were put back in on October 31st 2009 and my pregnancy test was due on Friday 13th November. We were lucky enough for the cycle to be a success and found out we were pregnant, but we were even more surprised when at the 7 week scan we saw two heartbeats. I had a Caesarean on 30th June 2010 and gave birth to a girl and boy. We are so blessed to have 3 children, and I truely owe the twin conception to your CD and believing in myself and my body, we are truely blessed. I belong to an IVF forum in Australia and I only ever recommend your CD to the girls who ask. Thankyou once again" Jacquelyn Victoria - Australia
"My husband and I have been trying to have children for 10 years. At first we just let nature take it's course as I had just come off the pill we where told it can take a few years to fall. Time passed and when I reached 30 we decided to investigate why it hadn't happened, I'd had very bad menstrual pain for a few years and after requesting a referral for investigation I was diagnosed with endometriosis. I had this treated but I was told although it was not impossible for me to get pregnant naturally it was unlikely. So we where referred to Bourne hall clinic for IVF treatment.
By this time I was 33 and felt time was slipping away, we had our first round of IVF treatment which over all went well I produce plenty of eggs and ended up with 8 embryos, 2 where implanted. I found the 2 week wait very stressful, when test day came I was told I had a weak pregnancy hormone present and needed to test again a week later. When I was tested again the pregnancy hormone had gone and the embryos had not taken. We where so disappointed but thought well it's only our first try and we still had the frozen embryos to try. After 2 frozen embryo cycles both with negative results I felt I need to do more to help ease the stress of the emotional roller coast our lives had become.
We decided to go for IVF again so after a bit of research, I bought the IVF hypnotherapy cd after listening to it a few times I instantly felt much more relaxed and positive about the treatment. I found the procedures much less worrying and felt so relaxed during the two week wait which flew past quickly. When test day came I did a home test and nearly fell over when I saw the positive result!!
We where over the moon! I had my 7 week scan and we then discovered I both embryos had implanted and had little hearts fluttering away! I'm now 35 and 9 weeks pregnant and still have to pinch myself to make sure I'm not dreaming! Thank you Natal hypnotherapy!!!" Sarah Dalton
"I used the CD during my first cycle, which resulted in my son. I didn't use it for the 2nd cycle and did not get pregnant but I used it again for my 3rd cycle and now I am 12 weeks pregnant! Although I didn't feel stressed during the first cycle I was more excitedly anxious so the CD really helped to keep me calm. We changed clinics for the 3rd cycle and they have a very different cycle regime to most clinics, which was very intense and quite stressful. The CD really really did help to keep me calm and on days when I was feeling particularly stressed out the it just completely leveled me out. I have recommended the CD to friends as sadly IVF treatment seems to be needed for more and more people. I also recommend it to clients as I am a reflexologist specialising in fertility & pregnancy." Tricia Wilks
"I took over 7 years with lots of iui treatments and amazingly 1 attempt at IVF to have our beautiful daughter Willow Star. It was a very very distressing journey and we have shed many tears, we almost gave up so many times but thankfully all our pain and hard work was rewarded in the end!! The cds really helped me to focus on my treatment, to remain calm and positive and to be confident. I lost a lot of confidence in myself over the years of trying to conceive, each failed month made me feel increasingly inadequate. This made me more anxious and therefore of course conception would be even harder, so the relaxation that the cds induced was very welcome!! The cds to accompany treatment helped me to relax and switch off as that was hard to do during such a stressful time! I was able to give my mind body and soul a bit of chilling and relaxing time!
Once I did get pregnant, I was in complete shock for about 4 months! This was an unexpected reaction and I again became anxious but the pregnancy and birth cds really helped again! I listened to them EVERY night, without fail, and also for a long time after Willow was born. The cds have been life savers for me!" Lisa Slocombe
"I was diagnosed with severe endometriosis at the beginning of 2004 and had a laparoscopy to remove it but still wasn't able to fall pregnant....finally with the help of IUI I found out I was pregnant on our 1st Wedding Anniversary. At 28 weeks I suffered a spontaneous Uterine Rupture (extremely rare) and our son Thomas worn born via emergency c-section though unfortunately he passed away 9 days later. Due to the rupture I was advised to wait at least 6 months before they did testing to see if I was able to fall pregnant again or not. Was advised to seek help via surrogacy as it was deemed to risky...but I was determined to prove them wrong and wanted to carry my own biological child again. Again we tried to fall pregnant and nothing....it was then found that I had developed a polyp so again had to have surgery to remove it and some endometriosis that had come back. It was then decided that we try IUI again...but when after 4 months of this not working + acupuncture + hypnotherapy with a specialist it was suggested we try IVF. Mentally I just wasn't prepared for this, I'd been through way too much and just wanted "a baby yesterday".
I was depressed and beginning to think I would never get pregnant again. So I thought I would search the internet for anything that may help me and thought the first thing I needed to do was to get myself in the right frame of mind...I'm a BIG believer in the Mind over Body thing and I came across your website and thought that it would be perfect. So I ordered and anxiously waited for it to arrive.....in the meantime we had just started on the medication to get the IVF going....got half way through and they had to cancel the cycle on me as I hadn't produced enough follicles. So back to square one...I was utterly devastated. Then my CD's arrived and I got stuck into them and believed they were going to make all the difference...started a new IVF cycle and listened to the 1st CD religiously....even though I ended up falling asleep listening to them as they were so relaxing. Again my diagnosis was poor but I was so convinced now that this was it and I was going to get pregnant that I pushed to go ahead even though I was advised against it. I went in for the retrieval and even though it had shown I only had 2 follicles - somehow they managed to find 5 eggs.
I was so overjoyed I can't event to begin to say how I felt - the next day we got the call to say that all 5 had fertilized and would be going back in the morning to have 1 embryo put back in. I listened to the CD again the night before just to help me relax and then had the 1 embryo put back in and then religiously listened to the next CD thinking all along that our "Snugglepot" was snuggling in to my lining etc. 14 days later it was confirmed I was indeed pregnant and our gorgeous daughter Alysse was born 1 day short of the 2nd Anniversary of her brother's passing at 32 + 4 weeks via scheduled c-section. I truly believe that these CD's helped to get me in the right frame of mind (and out of grieving) to be able to visualise and welcome a new little soul into our lives. And what a joy she is....Thank You!!" - Kara Smith
"We had been trying to conceive for four years and had unexplained infertility. We decided to start IVF at the start of this year and were successful at first attempt and are now expecting twins around the start of December. I think the CD helped me to relax and get my body ready for it subconsciously. The best thing bout the CD were the "tools" that I could use whilst I was getting any invasive examinations or difficult blood tests - i.e. being able to control any pain I felt. Also, I was very scared about self-injections and the CD took away any fears that I had that I was in complete control of taking injections." Patricia M
"The best thing was that they included techniques that could be used anytime, like the 321 relax and the visualisation, so I felt better all the time and not just when I was listening to the CD's." Dawn C
"I used the IVF companion during treatment which helped me stay relaxed and positive. After nearly three years of trying for a baby, I think it was the first time I could actually see myself getting pregnant. The CD helped enormously in staying positive and in staying relaxed during all the procedures.
I then used the relaxation CD during most of my pregnancy which helped me stay positive that things would be fine (I'm a natural worrier). I used the birth preparation CD every day after finishing work before my baby was born (5 or 6 weeks). It was great to have some time in the day when I had to lie down and do nothing. My husband and I also attended NH workshops and I read the NH book. I went into labour 9 days late but was able to stay relatively relaxed during this time. When I went into labour, I was very relaxed and stayed at home for a long time, spending most of the time relaxing, and only the last couple of hours in the serious phase. My midwife didn't really believe I was ready to go to hospital when I rang her, but when I got there I was 6cm dilated and ready to get in the birthing pool. Three hours later, my baby was born. He weighed 8lbs10oz and I was so proud not to have had to use any "pain" relief (other than the birthing pool) and show all the skeptics that NH worked!
My baby was so calm and peaceful when he was born - I think this was due to not having had to pump my body full of drugs. Initially, I wanted to have a hospital birth but the CDs and workshops helped me to decide on a community hospital to birth my baby, knowing I would not need intervention. If I am lucky enough to get pregnant again (I'm planning on buying the Prepare to Conceive CD this time and hope we won't need IVF!), my experience has given me the confidence to aim for a home birth. I firmly believe that NH helped me get pregnant in the first place and then helped me get the birth I wanted - thank you very much." Bethan Watson
"I was trying for 2 years to get pregnant and was extremely depressed and stressed about my whole lack of conception. At my first IVF treatment I did not try any hypnotherapy, this treatment failed and I took it very badly. On the second treatment I decided to give it 150% and along with healthy diet, no drinking, yoga, herbs I also used the hypnotherapy CD's. I was a lot more positive about the 2nd IVF treatment and felt so sure it was going to work.
I downloaded the CD onto my iPod and would make myself take the time lie down to listen to the track. Also helped me sleep so often on an afternoon I would put my iPod on and then have a sleep. spending this time made me concentrate on myself and clear my mind for the up coming treatment. I also went to a hypnotherapist however it is very expensive whereas the CD's are one (small) cost and you can listen to them everyday.
IT WORKED!!! and I now have a gorgeous 11 week old tucked up in her bed fast asleep as we speak. She is divine. I am convinced that the positive attitude to my 2nd treatment and the relaxing exercises and time I took to clear my mind and get my mind on my side contributed to the very positive outcome" Charlotte Hobson
"I just tuned in every night and chilled out!!!..It was my time for me and body to get de-stressed and relaxed. I now listen to the twins relaxation CD and look forward to listening to the CD every night and bonding with my babies!!!" - Clair Golding
"When I embarked on my journey to conceive and I wasn't getting pregnant naturally I decided to investigate alternative methods that may help one, of these things being acupuncture and hypnotherapy. After reading an article about Maggie's natal hypnotherapy CD's I decided to give them a try. I firstly tried the 'Prepare to Conceive' CD and this helped me relax and feel in tune with my sub-conscious which I thought may be blocking my natural ability to conceive. After exploring the natural route to conceiving and after 4 years of trying to conceive we decided to try IVF. Even though tests showed nothing physically wrong with me or my husband, we just decided that it wasn't happening naturally so IVF was a chance for us to have a baby.
I knew there was an 'IVF Companion' CD and just had to have that as I knew it would help me prepare subconsciously for the treatment I was about to embark on. The CD helped me prepare mentally for each stage of IVF treatment and I would and have recommended the CD's for women/couples trying to conceive or embarking on IVF treatment. I can really say that the CD's along with healthy eating, taking DHEA and specific pre-natal vitamin supplements and acupuncture may have been the contributing factors to my first successful attempt at IVF which produced my beautiful blue eyed blonde baby boy - Jamie who is now 7 months old!!!" - Clare Storey
"The IVF CD helped me to feel more in control of what I was going through with the IVF. I truly believed they were going to make a difference and they certainly did." - Kara Smith
"As a 46 year old trying to get pregnant for the first time, I was keen to use alternative therapies that might increase me chances of success at IVF. Being in the right frame of mind seemed important to me, and natal hypnotherapy really helped me achieve a measure of relaxation, calm and sense of control. I really appreciated being able to use them anytime and anyplace. They were a huge help in relaxing me and making me feel more in control during the process. I also used acupuncture which I felt was helpful. I became pregnant at the third attempt and have now given birth to a lovely little girl named Rebecca." - Karen Logan
"The reason I chose the CD was to help me prepare for my eggs being collected and then my fertilized embryos being put back in. I believe the CD will help me to relax when this occurs. The CD has also helped to put me into a positive frame of mind and help me to look forward to the treatment whatever the out come maybe. I have had some very personal issues that I will never be completely sure if they will affect my emotional state when having my treatment but I do believe that the CD has helped me to look into these issues and work on them. I will definitely continue to use the CD now and after my embryo transfer to help me to relax and hopefully this may help with my embryos implanting." - Trudy
"I had unexplained infertility and had 2 attempts at IVF, I used the CD on the second attempt only and I now have a beautiful baby girl! Having the IVF CD made me spend a bit of time every day on myself and helped me relax. It also helped me to realise some of my fears which had been subconscious and as I realised them, I could work on them. The relaxation techniques have helped me after becoming pregnant as well and I still find myself going to 'the special place' I envisaged to help me relax" Mel G
"It helped me to remain relaxed and calm and to be able to cope with the medical procedures. Most importantly the CDs helped me to be positive. Conception following IVF twice now with twins, using your CDs as an accompaniment. Not bad aged 39! During my first IVF cycle I did not use your CD and it did not work. I am therefore convinced that your CDS had a role in the success factor" - Jane Stenning
"I really appreciated being able to use them anytime and anyplace. They were a huge help in relaxing me and making me feel more in control during the process. As a 46 year old trying to get pregnant for the first time, I was keen to use alternative therapies that might increase me chances of success at IVF. Being in the right frame of mind seemed important to me, and natal hypnotherapy really helped me achieve a measure of relaxation, calm and sense of control. I also used acupuncture which I felt was helpful. I became pregnant at the third attempt and have now given birth to a lovely little girl named Rebecca" - Karen L
"The visualisation was easy to do. I had never managed to do it before despite trying other cd's and books, but I found that the use of colors in Maggie's was really helpful.
I have been trying to conceive for 10 years. This was my third and final cycle of IVF. My previous two I did not use any hypnotherapy alongside (nor acupuncture which I did this time). I felt a lot calmer and more positive and I am now 6 months pregnant and over the moon!!" - Kathryn Harvey
"Trying since 2002. Used ovulation testing kits after 12 months. All fertility screening came back clear. Unexplained infertility diagnosed. Tried IUI three times unsuccessfully, for differing reasons. I used the IVF CD through our first IVF treatment and finally confirmed our pregnancy on May 28th - My due date is 3rd February 2008. I did a lot to help our cause, i.e. acupuncture and vitamins etc, but I feel strongly that the CD paid a large part in the success of the IVF" – Lorraine Treloar
"We had been trying to conceive for four years, had unexplained infertility. We decided to start IVF at the start of this year and were successful at first attempt and are now expecting twins around the start of December. I do think the CD helped me to relax and get my body ready for it subconsciously. The "tools" that I could use whilst I was getting any invasive examinations or difficult blood tests - i.e. being able to control any pain I felt. Also, I was very scared about self-injections and the CD took away any fears that I had that I was in complete control of taking injections." - Patricia Murray
"Made me make time to relax and think about what was ahead, preparing for every step along the way and really getting to grips with the enormity of it step by step. It was important for me to relax and wind down as I was very nervous about the whole process and especially scared of the self injections - CD really helped me.
At 39, I had PCOS and tried to conceive without success for 18 months. We signed up for IVF and were so emotional when it worked first time. The procedure was successful from the start with 12 eggs, 8 fertilised and two implanted. There was two eggs implanted and just one made it, that was a little upsetting until we realised it was nature's way. Am now preparing for a c-section in 9 days time - using your CD for that also and will then move onto your speedy recovery CD". - P O Connell
"I had been trying to conceive for 7 years and had experienced 5 early miscarriages and I had been diagnosed with a blood clotting disorder and was prescribed blood thinners and steroids but still I had miscarried. My consultant suggested IVF as a way forward to control when I would start the medication and hopefully ensure I had the best quality embryos. Thankfully I was successful on my first attempt at IVF and I am now almost 24 weeks pregnant. I found the experience of IVF a lot less stressful than I thought I would and I am sure the CD helped towards that. It gave me the opportunity to have some dedicated time to relax which kept me calm whilst going through the treatment. I didn't always totally get into the cd as my mind would sometimes wonder but it certainly helped me relax. My husband also listened to it with me some of the time." - Anonymous