Medical treatments are usually the first approach people with fertility difficulties go for, but there are many cases showing the effectiveness of holistic fertility treatments, such as acupuncture and massage. Russell Davis, the founder and fertility coach of The Fertile Mind, strives to help both men and women reduce stress, boost fertility and increase the chance of conception by offering natural fertility hypnosis program. As a Cognitive Hypnotherapist with 10 years experience of trying to conceive, Russell understands his clients' needs and gives them assistance that really works. Take a look at our chat about holistic fertility treatments.
Can you tell us who you are and what your expertise is?
I am Russell Davis, a Fertility Cognitive Hypnotherapist and Coach. I believe too many couples go through infertility treatment unnecessarily and that the success rate is unnecessarily low because the mind is not factored in the process. I work with women and couples all over the world in have the optimal mindset for their journey, find peace of mind and actively harness the mind-body link on their journey to getting pregnant.
You’ve been through a tough TTC journey. Can you briefly tell us your story?
My wife was diagnosed the fertility problems as a teenager and we always thought we would not be able to have children. She decided to seek more natural and holistic ways of dealing with her condition. After 8 years she had a regular cycle and optimal fertility for the first time in her life. After trying for about a year we then found out I was infertile! Talk about a kick in the teeth. We did go on to conceive naturally against all odds (1 in a billion chance we were told) whilst about to start ICSI. We can look back and see how much our mind played a role in our journey and if we knew then what we knew now it would not have been a 10 year journey.
Stress and frustration are the two biggest factors that affect fertility. Do you have any tips that people can do by themselves at home?
Yes sure. One of my favourites is one I call 3-5 Breathing. This technique utilises a natural biological relaxation process (increasing the amount of carbon dioxide you breathe in) as well as bringing your mind to the present moment. Focusing on your breathing brings you back to the ‘here and now’ rather than time travelling to the future worrying about the next pregnancy test or fertility treatment outcomes.
- Simply concentrate on your breathing and count from 1-3 as you breathe in and from 1-5 as you exhale.
- You can count out loud or in your head but if possible out loud can make it more effective.
- It doesn’t need to be big breaths, just normal relaxed breathing adjusting the pace of the counting to your breath.
- After 10-15 breaths you may start to notice how much more relaxed you’re beginning to feel.
- If your mind wanders just bring it gently back to your breath. The beauty of this exercise is that you can do it any time, any place without anyone knowing what you are doing.
What kind of treatments can your patients have in conjunction of medical fertility treatments such as IVF and IUI?
There are two areas of my work. One is providing hypnosis fertility programmes that help women (and men) actively harness the mind-body link through powerful visualisations and hypnosis. These are created to support the patient through each stage of the process whether natural conception or with fertility treatment. There are programmes for each (and male fertility).
I also work 1:1 with patients to help them create a new mindset for their fertility, and for life. People are so focussed on Project Baby I find when you spend a little time on Project You, Project Baby tends to take more care of itself, whether naturally or with treatment. That was my personal experience. The moment I found acceptance and peace where we were at, knowing whatever happens we’ll be OK my fertility dramatically improved against all odds. These work can be done ahead of treatment, during treatment or to support natural conception.
What are your services and how do they help improve fertility naturally? Is it possible to tell us a success story?
Whether through hypnosis mp3’s or 1:1 coaching and hypnosis I help people be in the optimal psychological mindset for success. The mind affects the body and the body affects the mind. When are you more at peace and in tune with your innate wellbeing your body can relax in to its more natural and healthy state. This gives the strongest foundation for success. In addition to that the unconscious mind controls all our bodily functions and some times it needs a little helping hand. An example is Leah, 40, had 5 miscarriages, a thyroid condition, endometriosis and Graves disease, all of which can affect fertility. We worked together and after six sessions of coaching and providing a hypnosis track to listen to (based on our sessions) she was pregnant within 3 months. (You can read more about her story here).
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Russell Davis, Fertility Coach and Cognitive Hypnotherapist, writer and speaker, believes you can find a sense of peace and control on your journey to getting pregnant. Whether natural or assisted conception, Russell has helped hundreds of couples all over the world move from despair to hope and from hope to success.
Russell, the Fertility Specialist Advisor to The National Council of Hypnotherapy, founded The Fertile Mind fertility mind-body programs and coaching based on he and his wife’s 10-year double infertility journey which resulted in the natural conception of their son.
Russell’s experience echoes his belief that too many couples go through fertility treatment unnecessarily and that the success rate of treatment is unnecessarily low.