I’m delighted to premiere a video that I made last year with three of my wonderful clients; one in her 30’s, one in her 40’s and one in her 50’s! It is a pretty awesome job we do as Fertility Acupuncturists. I want to say how deeply grateful I am to these women that they were prepared to go public with these stories, as I am aware of the profound vulnerability that can be felt with sharing something so personal. This is what said to them when I asked if they would be prepared to tell their stories: “This isn’t an exercise about ‘isn’t Naava great.’ I would like to film it with people such as yourself in mind; thinking about what you thought, went through, your hopes and fears and your expectations about what I could offer when your journey began.” In watching this video, it is my sincere hope that this vision has been achieved, because this isn’t about me. I’m in the fortunate position where I have a waiting list many months long, so I can say with my hand on my heart that this is for all of us in the Chinese Medicine profession, specialising in Fertility, who work so hard at what we do, and it is for our wonderful clients who work with us as a team to achieve their dreams.
My secondary aim making this video was the same as that which was behind the Diploma I’ve been teaching for the last few years in Advanced Level Fertility Acupuncture: consumer protection. I have downloaded the contents of my brain into this Diploma (now online, and live in 4 weeks as there was interest all over the world), and once passed, practitioners get a logo which shows they’ve been through this training. It is important to me that this logo is renewable not through money, but on evidence of continuing high level professional development.
I’m passionate about helping the potentially vulnerable fertility patient know what we as Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners can do when we do it correctly. When we practice with integrity, with good customer service, and when we decide to continually invest in our own learning (which translates into a higher standard of care and results for the client), then we safeguard the consumer.
When we have a situation in the UK where people can buy a well-recognised fertility specialist title with minimal training and clinical experience, the public quite rightly assumes that this title comes with great skill. And, whilst the, British Acupuncture Council refuses to make any kind of statement on specialisation, the public continues to be open to poor standards of practice. This Diploma therefore, is my attempt to create a gold standard of knowledge that the consumer can rely upon, something like the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (ABORM) accreditation which exists in the USA and in Canada.
I believe that as a result of this situation, within our profession in the UK, we all need to do all we can to differentiate ourselves as practitioners who have decided to educate and invest in themselves on an ongoing basis to improve their results. In this way, patients and practitioners come together in a fantastic, synergistic and most of all effective team.
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