I am an academic and scientist by nature and personality.
I have 3 university degrees and understand RCTs and stats, and their obvious requirement in scientific research and subsequent findings.
My deepest belief however is a bit spiritual-one cannot ignore the history of innate wisdom from the wise women in the tribe. Loula is one of these people in my world.
Humans have turned to the maternal knowledge and instinct since the beginnings of our existence and we cannot know the influence this has had on our survival as a species.
My personal fertility situation was unique- as they all are.
I was aging at 40, my husband was ancient at 54, and he had no available sperm due to chemotaxic drug therapy for his rheumatoid arthritis.
We had a single sperm sample saved- from which I wanted to create our second child.
We turned to fertility specialists, imagining an easy outcome due to our previous proven fertility- Hubble had 4 amazing kids already, one daughter with me, conceived with ease.
The nightmare of fertility treatment began. There were serious mishaps and loss, wastage of precious sperm,and huge financial investment, and all the associated stress. 23 months later, and 5 IVF cycles, with much emotional turmoil and heartbreak of loss later, It came down to one last IVF cycle, one last straw of sperm, and one chance.
I turned to Loula. I spent 6 mths seeing her. Her compassion, her guidance, her tonics, her wisdom, her experience, her humility, and deep humanity guided me.
All those around me questioned my path, I suspect they thought I had lost my way on the precarious path of mental health through the fertility minefield. In particular my husband, immediate family, and the bank manager probably.
I stuck with my innate beliefs, that humanity and kindness and spirit will triumph , and that scientific research will often reinforce common sense . So I did tonics, toxic cleansing, diet, and supplement therapies. I had a poppy seed flush performed, and after 6 mths of guidance from Loula we decided I was ready for my last ever attempt at IVF.
That was 6 yrs ago. My 5 yr old boy is the most beautiful thing that could have ever transpired in my own and my husbands life. We are complete, with my amazing daughter and very precious son. I attribute so much of this outcome to Loula, I cannot speak highly enough of her sound, reasoned, measured and compassionate fertility expertise and incredible lifelong dedication.
I have not hesitated to send every woman I have met following a fertility path in her direction. She is blessed with a skill that goes beyond science and paper research and our community can embrace her work with the acknowledgement it truly deserves.