About Naava Carman
My treatments are designed to tackle the underlying causes of infertility and help people enhance their chances of conception naturally and in conjunction with IVF and IUI.
Whilst I treat all kinds of fertility issues, the clients who make me run to work feeling excited and intellectually stimulated are those who are 38-45 years old with complex, multifaceted fertility issues. If you’ve been told there’s no real explanation for your fertility problems other than your age, if you’ve had multiple IVF failures, if you are sick of being in charge of all aspects of your journey without a safe person to hold you through it, then you will find a welcome home with me.
I’ve been in practice since 1999 and am an experienced fertility, gynaecological and obstetric acupuncturist and Herbalist specialising in complex autoimmune disorders such as unexplained infertility, recurrent miscarriage, hypermobility in pregnancy, PCOS, endometriosis and other inflammatory conditions. I have also undertaken further specialist training in the area of female pelvic and sexual pain including vulvodynia and dyspareunia.
I centre the lived experience of people of colour, in bigger bodies, and of those presenting as anywhere on the spectrum of humanness. I meet you where you are.
Please see our Supporting Every Body Statement of Inclusivity for more information.
I hold a Bachelors of Science Degree in Acupuncture form the University of Plymouth, am a fully qualified member of the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine and of the British Acupuncture Council, where I am also a registered Supervisor.
I trained as a Recognised Doula (birthing assistant) over a decade ago until recently have been a Doula Mentor, Head of Feedback and Complaints and a member of Doula UK. At the moment, I’m not practicing as a Doula and have therefore moved to ‘Friend of Doula UK’ status. As an additional skill, I am fully trained to offer Fertility and Womb Massage.
Customer service is very important to me, and I therefore only take on the number of clients to whom I can give a high standard of individualised care and attention.
I currently have a three to six month waiting list. If you cannot wait to see me and would like to see someone I have trained in treating fertility then please see the listing of practitioners who have the Advanced Level Diploma in Fertility Acupuncture.
I am a regular contributor to a number of podcasts, recent appearances include:
From Tummy To Mummy with Lauren Mishcon on Acupuncture for fertility, pregnancy and birth: Listen now
Fear Free Childbirth with Alexia Leachman on Recurrent miscarriage: Listen now
The Fertility Podcast with Natalie Silverman on Being a ‘fertility detective’: Listen now
Fertility Rewire with Kat Sevens on Being a Specialist Fertility Acupuncturist: Listen now
The Fertility Podcast with Natalie Silverman on Specialising in Reproductive Immunology: Listen now
1999 – I trained at the London College of Traditional Acupuncture as a Licensed Acupuncturist, graduating in 2001.
2001 – I trained at the London College of Traditional Acupuncture as an Oriental Medical Herbalist, graduating in 2003.
2003 – Obtained Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Acupuncture from the University of Plymouth.
2005 – I began to teach small workshops on specialist issues such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
2006 – My first article on ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) was published in the Journal of Chinese Medicine. This has subsequently been quoted in several books on Traditional Chinese Medicine and IVF.
2007/8 – I set up the UK’s first fully integrated Acupuncture/IVF Unit at Hammersmith Hospital with two of the UK’s leading Consultants in the treatment of infertility; Stuart Lavery and Geoff Trew.
2010 – I served on the Executive Committee at the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC), and initiated the Business Support Programme for practitioners.
2012-13 – I was asked by the BAcC Education Committee to write the initial specialist paper on obstetric acupuncture which formed the basis for shaping guidance for BAcC members on treating pregnant women.
2014 – I ran the Membership Department for Doula UK as part of the Leadership Team.
2015 – I began to lecture abroad, and teach advanced level courses on integrated medicine to TCM practitioners.
2017 – I took up a supporting role in the Feedback/Referral Team at Doula UK. I also joined the newly established the Supervision Register at the British Acupuncture Council.
2017 – I launched my own Diploma for practitioners looking to become experts in treating fertility comprising 10 days of training spread over five months at the International College of Oriental Medicine.
2017 – I addressed the 48th TCM World Congress in Rothenburg, Germany, where I spoke on The Diagnosis and Treatment of Habitual Miscarriage in Relation to Complex Gynaecological Disease.
2018 – I gave a whole-day seminar at the Integrated Fertility Symposium in Vancouver, Canada, and taught for a weekend at the TCM Academy in the Netherlands.
2018 – I taught the second cohort of practitioners on my Advanced Level Diploma for Fertility Acupuncture at the Northern College of Acupuncture.
2019 – I taught a weekend course on PCOS and OHSS at Chiway Academy in Switzerland.
2019 – I completed specialist training in Abdominal Fertility Massage to provide an additional treatment option for my clients that complements my acupuncture.
2020 – I spoke at the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine Annual Conference on the connections between lichen sclerosus and autoimmune conditions.
2020 – I delivered a lecture and workshop at the International Integrative Chinese Medicine Conference on Lichen Sclerosus, Autoimmunity and Fertility – a Medical and Psychological Connection.