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Covid 19 Acupuncture Clinic Health and Safety Procedures

Last updated: July 31st, 2020 at 11:45 am

Covid 19 Acupuncture Clinic Health and Safety Procedures

When you come in for Acupuncture, everyone’s health & safety is core to our daily operations. Accordingly I have implemented the requisite Health & Safety measures as advised by the HSE in advance of welcoming you into the clinic for Acupuncture. “Close Contact” as currently defined by the HSE is face to face within 2 metres for more than 15 minutes. Rest assured that Precautionary measures are taken to prevent close contact: The acupuncturist wears PPE (face mask, gloves & face shield).  Seating is more than 2 metres. In person time is kept to less than 15 minutes. We are also taking other measures that are now clinic policy to ensure your safety and the safety of the acupuncturist (such as disinfection procedures, etc.).

The following is not an exhaustive list, it is just some of the key policies that are in place.

Key Features of our Health & Safety measures include:

  • Patients are asked to stay home if they are experiencing illness, are having symptoms of flu or virus, have been confirmed with Covid-19 in the last 14 days, or have had any contact with someone who has been confirmed with Covid-19 in the last 14 days.  Additionally, those with compromised or weak immune systems are encouraged to stay home a bit longer.
  • Patients are asked to fill in a Pre-treatment screening form(asking questions such as have you been diagnosed with Covid-19 in the last 14 days, etc.). No patient will receive treatment if they do not fill in this form. You can view the form here.
  • Acupuncturists will be wearing a mask, face shield & gloves during treatment.
  • Upon entering the building, you are required to sanitise your hands-there is gel provided for you or you may wash your hands. Hand sanitiser is also provided throughout the clinic (in the treatments rooms, washroom, hallways etc.)
  • No patient will have to wait or sit in the waiting area or come into contact with another patient as we are scheduling appointments farther apart. In order to facilitate this, we ask that you text us when you arrive & then wait in your car or outside & we will open the door for you.  We also ask that you have family members wait for you in the car or outside unless you require assistance.
  • We are allowing additional time between patients for sanitising rooms, sanitising surfaces & exchanging the air (opening skylights & windows & air sanitiser spray), etc.
  • As always, all of our needles are single use disposable: this means a new needle is taken out of a packet & then thrown away after use.

Also please know that:

  • You can cancel a fertility acupuncture appointment at ANY time,
  • You do NOT have to give a reason for cancelling &
  • You will NOT be charged for any cancelled appointment.

 

Please ring or email with any questions & to schedule an appointment. We’re always happy to connect with you –

Fertility Acupuncture and Covid 19 in Ireland

Last updated: May 27th, 2020 at 07:32 am

Fertility Acupuncture and Covid 19 in Ireland-We are open with New procedures

Since Fertility & IVF Clinics have reopened in Ireland, many patients have asked: What is the current state of Fertility Acupuncture and Covid 19 in Ireland? In response to the Covid-19 situation, the Irish Government has published guidelines for business’ that are opening: the Return to Work Safely Protocol-COVID-19 Specific National Protocol for Employers and Workers.  A business must self-assess in line with the government’s guidelines to determine if they are able to be open & adhere to the new requirements during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Here at MARA, we have updated our clinic policies in keeping with the Irish government’s requirements as well as Ireland’s Acupuncture Foundation Professional Association’s (AFPA) Covid-19 Supplementary Guide for “Returning to Work Safely”.

MARA Fertility Acupuncture Clinic Procedures & Policies in response to Covid-19

Here at MARA, we have implemented several procedures in compliance with the Irish Government’s Health & Safety Guidelines & Precautions.  This is not an exhaustive list, these are just some of the key policies that are in place:

  • Patients are asked to stay home if they are experiencing illness, are having symptoms of flu or virus, have been confirmed with Covid-19 in the last 14 days, or have had any contact with someone who has been confirmed with Covid-19 in the last 14 days.  Additionally, those with compromised or weak immune systems are encouraged to stay home a bit longer.
  • Patients are asked to fill in a Pre-treatment screening form upon arrival(asking questions such as have you been diagnosed with Covid-19 in the last 14 days, etc.). No patient will receive treatment if they do not fill in this form.
  • Acupuncturists will be wearing a mask & gloves during treatment.
  • Upon entering the building, you are required to sanitise your hands-there is gel provided for you or you may wash your hands. Hand sanitiser is also provided throughout the clinic (in the treatments rooms, washroom, hallways etc.)
  • No patient will have to wait or sit in the waiting area or come into contact with another patient as we are scheduling appointments farther apart. In order to facilitate this, we ask that you text us when you arrive & then wait in your car or outside & we will open the door for you.  We also ask that you have family members wait for you in the car or outside unless you require assistance.
  • We are allowing additional time between patients for sanitising rooms, sanitising surfaces & exchanging the air (opening skylights & windows & air sanitiser spray).
  • As always, all of our needles are single use disposable: this means a new needle is taken out of a packet & then thrown away after use.
  • We are referring all herbal requests to Dunboyne Herbs. They will give you a phone consultation & prescribe herbs that you can pick up at their location.

We are open & scheduling in Appointments for Fertility Acupuncture in Ireland

Here at MARA, we are open & currently scheduling in appointments.

Just give us a ring 01- 291-4557

or send us an email with the words “Priority Appointment” in the subject line and we will get you scheduled in straight away, just click on our contact page.

 

IVF Acupuncture in Ireland – COVID 19 Update

Last updated: May 27th, 2020 at 07:36 am

IVF Acupuncture in Ireland COVID 19 Update: We are open with New Procedures

Since IVF Clinics (like Institut Marques in Clane) have reopened, we have found that the demand for IVF Acupuncture in Ireland is once again here.  But because of the COVID 19 situation, you may find it difficult to find an IVF Acupuncturist near you who will treat you during your IVF stimulation, pre & post embryo transfer & for 2 week wait support with IVF acupuncture.

Health & Safety Protocols for IVF Acupuncture in Ireland

IVF Acupuncturists must implement the Irish government’s Health & Safety protocols in order to be open & provide their “Paramedical and essential therapy services”. There must be things like hand washing / disinfectant hand gel available for both the acupuncturist & patient.  There may be some delays for some IVF Acupuncture clinics opening simply because they do not have hand washing facilities & / or disinfectant hand gel is hard to find these days. Other Acupuncturists may not be open because the location they rent/work out of is not an essential business, so they cannot access their clinic space & they are not in control of implementing the health & safety protocols in their work location, thus they cannot ensure they are adhering to government requirements in order to treat safely.

Since we here at MARA have our own clinic space in Clane, we can be fully confident that we are adhering to & complying with the implementation of the Irish government’s Health & Safety protocols for our acupuncture paramedical and essential therapy services.

Steps we are taking here at MARA IVF Acupuncture to ensure the highest standard IVF Acupuncture care in Ireland:

  • Completion of the government’s necessary health & safety risk assessment
  • Implementation of the government’s necessary health & safety protocols
  • Completion of WHO course on Infection Prevention & Control

MARA IVF Acupuncture Clinic Procedures & Policies in response to Covid-19

Here at MARA, we have implemented several procedures in compliance with the Irish Government’s Health & Safety Guidelines & Precautions.  This is not an exhaustive list, these are just some of the key policies that are in place:

  • Patients are asked to stay home if they are experiencing illness, are having symptoms of flu or virus, have been confirmed with Covid-19 in the last 14 days, or have had any contact with someone who has been confirmed with Covid-19 in the last 14 days.  Additionally, those with compromised or weak immune systems are encouraged to stay home a bit longer.
  • Patients are asked to fill in a Pre-treatment screening form upon arrival(asking questions such as have you been diagnosed with Covid-19 in the last 14 days, etc.). No patient will receive treatment if they do not fill in this form.
  • Acupuncturists will be wearing a mask & gloves during treatment.
  • Upon entering the building, you are required to sanitise your hands-there is gel provided for you or you may wash your hands. Hand sanitiser is also provided throughout the clinic (in the treatments rooms, washroom, hallways etc.)
  • No patient will have to wait or sit in the waiting area or come into contact with another patient as we are scheduling appointments farther apart. In order to facilitate this, we ask that you text us when you arrive & then wait in your car or outside & we will open the door for you.  We also ask that you have family members wait for you in the car or outside unless you require assistance.
  • We are allowing additional time between patients for sanitising rooms, sanitising surfaces & exchanging the air (opening skylights & windows & air sanitiser spray).
  • As always, all of our needles are single use disposable: this means a new needle is taken out of a packet & then thrown away after use.
  • We are referring all herbal requests to Dunboyne Herbs. They will give you a phone consultation & prescribe herbs that you can pick up at their location.

Appointments for IVF Acupuncture in Ireland

Here at MARA, we are open & currently scheduling in appointments.

Just give us a ring 01- 291-4557

or send us an email with the words “Priority Appointment” in the subject line and we will get you scheduled in straight away, just click on our contact page.

We are currently open & scheduling IVF Acupuncture & Fertility Acupuncture appointments, send us an email to get Priority & scheduled in.

Just send us a quick email: info@fertilityacupuncture.ie  & we will put you on our Priority Appointment scheduling list & contact you straight away to schedule you in. Just put “Priority Appointment” in the subject area.

Can’t find IVF Acupuncture Near You that is Currently Open? Here are a few things you can do to help support your IVF cycle:

  • Mindful IVF-this a great app developed by Ireland’s own IVF Acupuncturist Gordon Mullins. It is a mindfulness app for IVF. It has specific meditations for every stage of your IVF cycle (down regulation, stimulation, egg collection, pre & post embryo transfer & 2ww, etc.). Gordon has even added some special mindfulness meditations for the Covid 19 situation-this is our best recommendation.
  • Yoga- there are so many great Yoga exercises available on the web now, just a quick google & you’ll be able to quickly & easily find a fertility yoga practice for your level, whether you’re a beginner or more advanced.
  • Fertility Feng Shui your home-simple, quick & easy to do. Staying at home? This is a great opportunity to Declutter!
  • Fertility Diet- just a quick google search here & you’ll be able to find a fertility diet to suit you. Whether it’s a special fertility dietary need like gluten free, or vegetarian fertility diet to just a regular fertility diet, you’ll be able to find something that is both tasty & doable.
  • Fertility Prayers to get pregnant– and then there is good old prayer, why not give it a try. Try St. Rita’s fertility prayer or St. Gerard fertility prayer
  • Read the Lockdown tips from Institut Marques IVF clinic

Concerned About Whether or Not You Should Try to Get Pregnant during the Covid 19 Pandemic?

This is a question we have been getting asked a lot these days.  Lots of factors come into this personal decision.  We always say consult your doctor. Please go to our blog article for a more in depth discussion on the subject.

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Linda Ryan- Founder of MARA Fertility Acupuncture Clinic
Hi, I’m Linda Ryan, Fertility Acupuncturist & mother of three: Having overcome my own fertility issues is what drives me to help women like you to achieve the results that I made happen for myself.

Acupressure to Induce Labour

Last updated: May 17th, 2020 at 09:33 am

Acupressure to Induce Labour

Acupressure to induce labour is so simple to do, it only requires physical pressure to be applied to the acupressure points that will help induce labour.

Most of these labour inducing acupressure points can be reached by yourself. You may need a partner to access & massage some of these Acupressure points for you.

For the Acupressure points you can access yourself, you can massage them on yourself, but if you like, you can also have a partner perform the Acupressure Massage for you as well.

CAUTION: It is important to have your medical doctor give you the go ahead to use acupressure to induce labour naturally. Also, it is generally advisable to NOT try to induce labour before 38 weeks gestation.

Acupressure Points to Induce Labour

I have converted by larger book “The Essential Acupressure Guide to Induce Labour” into a new condensed, smaller, easy to print out version, it is now a “Mini Guide to Acupressure to Induce Labour”.  It lists the points, how to find them, when to find them & what to do.

Signs of Labour: How You Will Know Labour Has Started

A lot of pre labour or very early labour symptoms can be mistaken for late pregnancy symptoms, which can make it hard to tell if labour has actually started. Many symptoms are explained away as “just another level of pregnancy discomfort”.  It is safe to do acupressure to induce labour even if it has already started, just continue with the acupressure.

Any of these could indicate early labour:

  • Increased or new lower back pain
  • Feeling pressure in your pelvis
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Vaginal discharge that is tinged with blood
  • Mucous plug comes away

A more progressed Active Labour could be indicated by:

  • Waters breaking (rupturing of amniotic sac)
  • Obvious, regular contractions (may be painful)

Feeling increased pressure in your pelvis or rectal area (you may feel like you have to poo)

More Ways to Bring on labour:

  • Eat pineapple. Pineapple contains the enzyme bromelain, which is reputed to help soften the cervix & bring on labour.
  • Nipple Stimulation. Nipple stimulation produces oxytocin & can produce some strong effects. The method is to stimulate your nipples with your fingers, massaging one at a time. Massage is the first one for five minutes then wait to see what happens before doing more. Once labour is well-established, stop the stimulation.
  • Walking & climbing stairs. Upright movement like these can be helpful especially to help facilitate baby’s head to drop lower into your cervix.
  • Hip rotations while sitting on an exercise ball. This can also be helpful to help facilitate baby’s head to drop lower into your cervix.
  • Hypnosis is a great way to relax & induce labour.

 

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Linda Ryan- Founder of MARA Fertility Acupuncture Clinic
Hi, I’m Linda Ryan, Fertility Acupuncturist & mother of three: Having overcome my own fertility issues is what drives me to help women like you to achieve the results that I made happen for myself.

Moxibustion for Breech Baby at Home

Last updated: May 17th, 2020 at 09:36 am

Moxibustion for Breech Baby at Home

We will help you do moxibustion for breech baby at home.

We are open for FREE phone consultations for turning a breech baby naturally &

We will give you moxa sticks for FREE  if you have an address in Ireland,

We will also post you the moxibustion sticks for FREE

Just email us & we will ring you back to arrange: info@fertilityacupuncture.ie

Why totally FREE?
Because it is our way of giving back & being in this Pandemic situation “all together”.

We care about your situation.
Kind regards,

Linda Ryan, BA, Lic TCM, CH

Linda Ryan- Founder of MARA Fertility Acupuncture Clinic

What is Moxibustion for Breech Babies?

Moxibustion is a therapy from Traditional Chinese medicine that involves burning moxa (which is the herb mugwort) to direct the heat from it toward/near specific acupuncture points on the body. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, when these points are stimulated by moxibustion, it can strengthen blood flow & prompt the release of certain hormones.  The moxibustion procedure to turn breech babies uses moxa on an acupuncture point on the little toe. A recent article in Parents magazine states, ” The traditional Chinese practice of moxibustion is one of the world’s oldest techniques for turning a breech baby—and OB-GYNs still prescribe it today.

How do you do Moxibustion for Breech Baby at Home?

CAUTION: Doing Moxibustion is a fire hazard, treat it as such. Use in a well ventilated area. Keep away from flammable items.

CAUTION: Do NOT touch yourself with the part of the moxa stick that is burning, it will burn you & possibly leave a scar.

CAUTION: Make sure the moxa stick is fully extinguished after use & store moxa stick on a non-flammable surface & away from flammable items.

Instructions for doing moxibustion for a breech baby at home:

  1. Make sure you are in a well ventilated room/area or outside. Keep all flammable objects away from the area.
  2. Have a non-flammable cup of soil prepared to extinguish the moxa stick.
  3. Sit comfortably with your legs elevated.
  4. You may want to use a candle to light the moxa stick because it may take a few moments to fully light. Blow out the candle when the moxa stick is lit.
  5. Position the moxa stick about 1 inch away from & over the corner of the outside of your little toe (see photo above) Allow a few moments for the sensation of warmth to build. The intensity of the heat you feel should be warm, but not uncomfortable. Move the moxa stick either away or closer so that the warm sensation is felt comfortably. Caution: Do NOT allow the burning Moxa stick to come in to contact with your skin, it will burn & possibly scar. Burning moxa is a fire hazard. Keep away from flammable objects.
  6. Alternate between the left & right little toe every 5 minutes for a total of 20 minutes.
  7. Extinguish the moxa stick in a cup filled with soil or put it out like a cigarette by twisting it on concrete. If you extinguish it using water, this may make it difficult to re-light the next day. Do not hesitate to use water to put out a fire, do so if needed. Make sure the moxa stick is fully extinguished after use & store moxa stick on a non-flammable surface & away from flammable items.
  8. Repeat the above 2 times a day for 20 minutes maximum for each time.
  9. You can stop using the moxa when the baby has turned. moxibustion for breech baby at homeYou may need confirmation from an examination or scan from a qualified medical professional to verify that your breech baby has turned into the correct position.  It is ok if you still used the moxa after the baby has turned, in my years of experience once the baby is in the correct head down position, it stays there and does not turn back even if you continue to do the moxibustion.  It is very common to not know baby has turned out of breech position and to have continued using the moxa.

This Covid 19 Free moxibustion for breech baby at home offer is a limited time offer while supplies last.

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Linda Ryan- Founder of MARA Fertility Acupuncture Clinic
Hi, I’m Linda Ryan, Fertility Acupuncturist & mother of three: Having overcome my own fertility issues is what drives me to help women like you to achieve the results that I made happen for myself.