However you intend to conceive, holistic preconception care gives you the knowledge to optimize your fertile health first and become the best expert on your body’s unique signs of peak fertility. These factors combined help you get pregnant more quickly and easily and give you and your baby the best chance for health and well-being.
In the initial preconception care appointment we review your medical history and any fertility charts that you already have, order appropriate diagnostic laboratory tests, address your questions and concerns, and create an individualized plan to optimize your health and fertility through nutrition, lifestyle changes, and supplements.
If you are not yet familiar with fertility charting, I will get you started and help you gain confidence in interpreting your peak fertility signs to pinpoint ovulation and the optimal timing for you to conceive– whether through intercourse or insemination. The more signs of fertility you learn to track in addition to BBT and LH surge, the more complete a picture you will have and the more accurate your timing.
In follow-up appointments we check in on your progress, review new fertility charts and laboratory test results, answer any questions, and fine tune your fertility enhancement plan and/or conception timing, as needed.
Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)
IUI is a simple procedure in which specially prepared sperm is very slowly placed in the uterus using a small, sterile catheter. If you are ready to grow your family using IUI, you can do so in the comfort and safety of your own home with an expert midwife.
With IUI at home:
- You have control of the setting and ambience in which your child is conceived
- The insemination process is gentle and respectful
- You can decide who depresses the plunger on the syringe to release your sample
- Numerous factors often combine to give better success rates than IUI performed in a clinic setting
Precise timing is essential with IUI and the old adage “take time to save time” strongly applies. For highest success, IUI needs to take place within 6 hours on either side of ovulation– a very narrow window of opportunity. By investing three or more months optimizing your fertility and completing in-depth fertility charting first–before you begin IUI– you can dramatically increase the speed and ease of getting pregnant using this method. Holistic preconception care is therefore strongly encouraged.
Another factor which greatly improves IUI success is having a provider who is available no matter when you ovulate. Since an egg only lives for 12-24 hours after leaving the ovary, once you’ve entered your “fertile window” there is no time to waste before inseminating. As your IUI provider, I am available on-call 24/7 so that you can inseminate as close to ovulation as possible, regardless if it’s on a weekend, a holiday or in the middle of the night.
I strive to offer trauma-informed, respectful and empowering IUI care, honoring all bodies and family structures. I require an IUI intake appointment before providing IUI services.
Fees in 2018
60-Minute Initial Preconception Care Visit: $150
30-Minute Follow-up Preconception Care Visit: $75
15-Minute Follow-up Preconception Care Visit: $50
IUI Registration & Intake (without Preconception Care): $75
IUI (one per cycle): $250
IUI (subsequent in same cycle): $200
Laboratory tests: variable
Hours of Service
Regular hours (9am – 5pm): included at base rate
Appointments between 7-9am or 5-9pm: $30 additional fee
Appointments from 9pm-7am: $50 additional fee
IUI services provided on the following holidays are subject to an additional fee of $50:
• New Year’s Eve & Day
• Thanksgiving Day
• Winter Solstice Eve & Day (date varies)
• Christmas Eve & Day
Geographic Area Served
Fees are inclusive of travel within 25 miles of the city of Santa Cruz (one way). I will travel up to 50 miles from my location, however an additional fee of $30 per visit will apply for travel between 25-50 miles (one way).
I understand that signs of ovulation are not always exact and that you may need to shift your appointment time. However, if you decide not to use my IUI services within 12 hours of a confirmed appointment time, there is a $50 cancellation fee.