Preconception care is the ultimate in the naturopathic philosophy “prevention is better than cure”.

Our naturopaths are particularly enthusiastic about providing expert preconception care for prospective parents. Preconception care is the ultimate in the naturopathic philosophy: “prevention is better than cure”. Ensuring your preconception health is at its best means you will experience less health problems during your pregnancy and give a much better opportunity for your baby’s constitution, vitality and future health.

Healthy life changes and specialised conception protocols form the basis of naturopathic fertility care and can be applied at any stage of your fertility journey, even if you are well down a path of medical intervention, including surgeries or IVF procedures. Our naturopaths can help you in any part of this journey. Whether you are recently diagnosed but not yet ready for IVF, in need of a break from continuous IVF cycles or if you are in a position where you want to continue with IVF with naturopathic care concurrently, we have supportive strategies for any stage. Of great importance is the collaboration with your medical specialists to ensure you have the best care no matter what the stage of your treatment.

Your clinical detective

Your naturopath is a bit like a clinical detective pulling together information from your previous health history, current health issues, test results and other sources to assess your fertility status. Depending on your individual presentation, our naturopaths will incorporate some or all of the following in their diagnostic assessment:

  • Nutritional deficiency checks
  • Hormonal balance tests
  • detailed dietary assessment
  • blood tests to assess your cellular health and tissue performance
  • genetic testing regarding metabolism of specific nutrients
  • diagnosed conditions such as autoimmune or thyroid conditions
  • signs and symptoms in any system you reveal in your consultation
  • a detailed personal and family health history
  • environmental toxin load from work or home

This detail helps your naturopath put together a plan to improve your fertility by optimising the function of cells and tissues, balancing hormones, reducing inflammation, improving nutritional status and addressing pre-existing conditions that may have an impact on your fertility – even if in an indirect way. Particular care is also taken to ensure they support the most important areas for fertility such as supporting your nervous system, stress levels and stress responses, uterine lining support, egg quality, hormonal balance, sperm development in males and specific issues such as poor responders in IVF treatment situations.

Your plan will always include very detailed diet and lifestyle interventions (food as medicine), specific to you, which is also appropriately augmented with nutritional supplementation, herbal medicine and sometimes homeopathy.  Your naturopath may also recommend support from other practitioners or be in communication with other carers to ensure comprehensive care and optimum results. The aim is to ensure you have sufficient energy and nutritional status to conceive, experience a healthy pregnancy and go on to have a healthy, happy baby!

Patients consistently report that with naturopathic support they feel:

  • a sense of empowerment and understanding through education and support
  • increased energy and sense of wellbeing
  • healthier reproductive cycle with more awareness of ovulation and timing
  • less stressed and better sleep
  • improvement in general health and presenting symptoms

At Fertile Ground Health Group (FGHG), you can be confident that your naturopath is highly qualified and experienced, including appropriate post graduate training. All undertake continuous professional development to maintain the highest standard of care delivery in practice. All of Our Practitioners work confidently in conjunction with your other health care providers both within FGHG and with your medical specialist and other carers. Where necessary and with your consent they will notify them of treatment you are receiving to ensure a safe combined approach.

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Are we open during stage 4 lockdown?

  • Telehealth is available – this means your naturopathic, counselling, Chinese Herbal Medicine and birth preparation/debriefing appointments remain available via telehealth – book below.
  • Prescription naturopathic medicines are available – we are posting daily. Collections available ONLY to those of you who live within a 5km radius to our clinic. We will pass your order out the door to you for contactless pickup between 11am-1pm Monday – Saturday unless otherwise arranged with you.
  • Remedial Massage is not available for the remainder of stage 4 lockdown
  • In person Acupuncture and Osteopathic appointments are ONLY AVAILABLE to people who qualify. If you have an upcoming appointment for Acupuncture or Osteopathy your practitioner will be in contact with you to discuss if you qualify. If you are a new patient seeking help please follow the DHHS guidelines:
 
To avoid doubt, the DHHS provides further guidelines for permitted care as: 
  • to avoid a requirement for specialist input / review 
  • to avoid a hospital admission or emergency department presentation.

If you do not meet the above criteria, we cannot see you for in-person appointments for the remainder of the Stage 4 lockdown.

We understand how valuable your sessions are, and we are aware that this will be very difficult for some patients.  In the current health crisis that has swept our state, we must all act accordingly to minimise potential risk. 
 

Thank you for your patience, kindness and support for us as we manoeuver around this constantly changing situation.

Call our usual number – 03 9419 9988 for assistance.

We will keep this notification updated with any changes as they occur.

Remember – please do not enter our clinic at all, unless you’re here for the in person consult that you qualify for.

Referral Required

All patients will need to have on hand a GP or medical specialist referral to be able to access in person Acupuncture & Osteopathy at Fertile Ground Health Group during Stage 4 Lockdown.

Remedial Massage is no longer available.

Naturopathic consults via telehealth and posted prescription medicines remain available.

We will keep this notification updated with any changes as they occur. Thank you for your understanding, patience and support.