EMOTIONAL & WELL-BEING SUPPORT AFTER PREGNANCY LOSS
“I found Gaynor during the depth of my despair following two miscarriages.
I was at the beginning of my journey to try again and I strongly believe that Gaynor’s support has got me to where I am now.
Much of my frustration came from seeing different drs without anyone really joining the dots.
Gaynor not only gave me the emotional support I needed, but pieced together everything I had been through physically.
This included advice on nutrition, vitamin supplements and general support.
Most importantly, Gaynor got me to an accepting mindset and i don’t think it was a coincidence that I fell pregnant following this.
My experience with Gaynor has been far more than I expected. I walked in expecting some great reflexology and continue to walk out with just that, but also with the added bonus of a fertility coach and therapist.
I have always been so impressed at how Gaynor will drop me an email just to check in on me or to send something I might find helpful. My journey with Gaynor will definitely not end here!”
DONOR EGG CYCLE
“I first met Gaynor after we had been trying for a baby for just over 4 years and on our 3rd round of IVF.
We had done 2 rounds with my own eggs but due to having such poor results with embryo's developing and not surviving thaws, we knew we couldn't go through another round of heartbreak with such low chances and so looked into an egg donor.
After research and talking through with close family members the decision felt right and this was still a chance that I could carry and grow our baby. We went into our third round of IVF feeling slightly more optimistic about our chances but after our 1st transfer didn't work we had reached rock bottom and I knew I needed to do something to change my frame of mind.
I did some research into alternative therapies and that is how I came across Gaynor. Gaynor went to work straight away helping me re-set my negative thoughts through talk-throughs and breathing exercises.
From our first session she taught me that it is so important to have nurturing thoughts and tell your mind and body that it is safe to carry a baby, imagine the baby growing inside you, imagine it kicking and holding it on your chest, these are thoughts I would never allow myself to have previously as I thought I would be building myself up for more disappointment.
Gaynor helped me through the many early stages of IVF from testing days to the early scans and the tools/techniques she taught me to handle these I still use today to help me stay in the positive mind set and block out any negative thoughts. The scripts that Gaynor read to me have been extremely useful and after a few sessions I felt so much more positive about the next transfer.
I am now 14 weeks pregnant and I can honestly say I don't think we would be where we are without the help, support, advice and guidance from Gaynor, I just wish I had met her sooner in our journey!”
EMOTIONAL HEALTH & WELLBEING SUPPORT
“My FFF sessions with Gaynor have been invaluable. We have been trying for a baby for 7 years, 5 of those have been through IVF, and we have had 3 losses along the way. When I started the sessions with Gaynor I was in a dark place, feeling anxious about the future and fearful of our next steps. Many friends have children and many have had babies recently which has been tough, and left me feeling isolated after our last miscarriage. Triggers were everywhere and they were sending me into a spiral of anxiety and depression all the time, meaning I was either avoiding situations or pushing myself to enter situations then falling apart afterwards.
When Gaynor told me about FFF I knew I had to give it a shot and find out if living in the present and enjoying life again was possible. I felt hopeless but this gave me hope that things could feel different, that I could live in the wait and gain my life back, in fact gain our life back!
Gaynor is so empathic; she just gets it and that to me is a huge thing as it means I can say anything that’s on my mind without holding back. Infertility can be a lonely place, and I feel very lucky that Gaynor has been there for me as she is for so many women and couples. She dedicates so much time to clients, contacting between sessions to see how things are, and she has an absolute wealth of knowledge about fertility.
The techniques Gaynor has taught me throughout the FFF sessions have been great. I’ve tried so many things throughout our fertility journey to try and move out of the negative feelings about life now and the future, but I have never had techniques to practice myself. I was open minded to see where this took me, and I have to say it has been a challenging and incredibly positive journey with Gaynor alongside me.
After all this time I feel I am coping better with triggers by using the techniques regularly, I am allowing myself to say no and look after myself without guilt, and I feel stronger and more resilient again. I am so much more hopeful that our time will come, it’s just not right now, but right now we can live our lives in the wait, and feel excited about the future and what comes next for us.
Thank you for everything from the bottom of my heart xxx“
My client went out to have a successful round of IVF and is expecting her longed for baby in May 2023.
When I first visited Gaynor, I was about 2.5 years into our trying to conceive journey. After testing etc I had been diagnosed with PCOS and I had begun a course of 3 cycles of clomid which I had been fortunate enough to meet the requirements to be prescribed on the NHS. I had also been doing acupuncture sessions weekly for about 8 months but wasn’t sure it was totally for me and had been recommended to look into the potential holistic benefits to fertility of reflexology. I was determined that if I was going to try reflexology then I wanted it to be with a specialist in fertility which brought me to Gaynor.
At my first appointment she went through my medical history really throughly and was thoroughly empathetic with my situation, something that I had underestimated how much I needed. Fertility treatment is often an isolating and lonely place to be but Gaynor really helped put me at ease and for the first time I began to feel more in control of what was happening. She talked me through exactly what she was doing and explained how this would change at different parts of the cycle (stimulating follicle growth etc). She gave me tips and techniques as to what I could do at home with simple exercises that would support the work she was doing as well. I was also asked to fill in a questionnaire that helped with suggestions for food / supplement recommendations that are proven to help with fertility issues and pcos particularly.
As soon as I began my treatment sessions with Gaynor I noticed a difference in the results I was getting at follicle scans and I actually began ovulating which I hadn’t been doing before on the clomid alone. I also felt better and more relaxed about what was happening and generally healthier.
After I had finished the rounds of clomid my husband and I made the decision to pursue private treatment which resulted in us is starting an IVF cycle. Again the reflexology paid a key part in working alongside the drugs I was taking in promoting and controlling follicle growth. I am certain that my regular sessions with Gaynor were a key factor in helping us to secure our positive pregnancy test on our first full cycle of treatment and something that we will be both be eternally grateful for.
By the end of my session I felt that I had gained a friend in Gaynor who as well as treating me during the process, had listened, supported and given me impartial advice at times when I very much needed it! I cannot emphasise the importance of helping your body in every way possible during fertility struggles and although we still needed medical intervention alongside, I would never discount the vital part in the limiting of the effects and the success of the treatment that reflexology had. If we ever decide to add again to our family the first appointment I will make will be with Gaynor and I would urge anybody in the same position to do the same.”
“Gaynor is wonderful! Extremely knowledgeable about reproductive health, as well as lots of health issues in general. I love that she really wants to get to the root cause of issues. Gaynor is calm and approachable and would also check in with me outside of our appointments. Love her holistic approach to life! I wouldn’t hesitate to work with Gaynor again in the future.” Nicola