Episode 024 - Of Sperm Donors, Cesareans & VBAC's

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When Loren and her same-sex partner decided to have kids, they first approached a friend about becoming their sperm donor.  What follows is a raw tale of the ups and downs of trying to conceive, intrauterine insemination (IUI) and a rocky first birth that ended up in a cesarean.

Loren is a licensed acupuncturist and found her ideals to be challenged by the birth process - determined to have an unmedicated homebirth, she faced great disappointment when that didn't turn out to be possible.  Her perspective as a mother and a practitioner has now broadened to understand that conception and birth aren't something that we can control, and that we can find joy in any experience of birth.


In This Episode:

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  • Choosing to try getting pregnant using a friend as their sperm donor and how it affected their relationship
     
  • Having open dialogue with kids about how your family came to be
     
  • Having to change plans from having a homebirth because her labor wasn't progressing
     
  • How you can have a satisfying, positive experience of birth no matter what happens
     
  • How a difficult or disappointing birth helps make you more empathetic and compassionate
     
  • Comparing our birth experiences to others or our own previous experiences is just a trap
     
  • Using acupuncture as a tool to get "down into your body" to aid in the birth process

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Show Notes:

What Makes a Baby - Book to Talk with Kids about Family/Conception

It's Not the Stork - Another Conception Book

White Peony Acupuncture - Loren's Acupuncture Practice

Information on IUI (Intrauterine Insemination)


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About Our Guest:

Loren Romley is a California Licensed Acupuncturist as well as a Diplomat of Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Loren earned her Master’s degree in Chinese Medicine from Five Branches Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Santa Cruz, California. She completed the Five Element acupuncture program and focused her studies on hepatitis C, pediatrics, hormone balancing and sports injury. Loren combines traditional Chinese and Japanese techniques with the theories of Five Element acupuncture to gain insight into her patients’ constitutions and the imbalances that are the root of their discomfort and disease. As a Chinese Medical Practitioner and Primary Care Provider, Loren takes the time to analyze each patient carefully and understand their unique circumstances. She relates to a patient as a whole person with dynamic systems which need to be balanced. Our world is full of stress, pollution, trauma, accidents, and habits constantly bombarding our systems. These challenges faced on a daily basis cause imbalances in our bodies which may manifest themselves as pain and/or illness. Acupuncture and herbal medicine have been used for thousands of years to bring our bodies and minds closer to harmony. Loren is passionate about being a mother of two boys and keeping physically active; she enjoys surfing, swimming, hiking, running, yoga and river rafting.