Taking care of your whole self
While most people come to Anova because they are looking for high quality fertility care, we know that it takes more than just expert medical advice to fully support a person undergoing fertility treatments.
This approach is reflected in Anova’s foundational pillars of care, and we recognize the role that other integrated wellness providers have along your journey. That is why we work closely with multiple different care providers. In particular, we believe that patients who are able to approach care with a healthy mindset & body are ones who are most likely to manage the twists and turns with resiliency and maintain optimism.
Mental wellbeing and emotional support
This is so important. The toll that fertility care takes on a person and a couple can be significant, and we encourage everyone in our patient community to build a strong, varied, network that they can lean on. While having close friends and family available who understand how to support you, there are other options to consider including as well, such as:
Virtual support groups: these existed before the pandemic had us all continuing care from home, though have since grown in strength and number. For the Anova community we have two channels available, and make them available free of charge to our patients.
We hear from many patients that they have been able to better face the ups and downs by working directly with a fertility counsellor. To see a list of intendent counsellors who we recommend, please visit our resources page.
Led by Roberta who underwent fertility treatment herself to become a solo parent, the Thinkers & Tryers group meets monthly, and there is a $5 fee to participate
Many programs and apps are available for download that promote self-guided reflection and coping strategies for the fertility community. One app in particular, called FertiCalm, has been a much appreciated resource for past patients, and even our healthcare team.
Optimizing your body for pregnancy
We get many questions from patients about what they can do to optimize their body for pregnancy. Whether that is specific types of exercises, diet modifications to increase sperm quality, or the role that acupuncture can play – there are a lot of options to consider.
At Anova, we work closely with other integrated wellness providers and will support you to include holistic care approaches that complement your fertility protocol. One of the most common treatments you may look to include is acupuncture, click here to learn more.
Pelvic floor physiotherapy
Physiotherapists & fitness instructors
Provider spotlight: Seya
Seya Moosai-Maharaj, BA, R.Ac
Seya has been providing integrative wellness services at Anova Fertility since the clinic opened in 2016. A compassionate and skilled acupuncturist, Seya works alongside the clinical team at Anova to support patients in their quest to build a family.
Her treatments include acupuncture, acupressure and abdominal massage, cupping, lifestyle counselling and emotional support. She is a Registered Acupuncturist with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners of Ontario and founder of Channel Health.
Empowering yourself through knowledgeThis is your journey, and you will be involved in the decisions made along the way. Our role is to inform, support and guide you around what we believe to be the best clinical recommendations. We believe that the better you understand the science and technology that is being recommended, the more confident you will feel along the entire journey.
You will be sent different video modules along your journey to help explain the different tests, procedures and medications that have been recommended as part of your fertility protocol.
After having completed the online education modules, you will be able to come better prepared and informed for follow up individual teaching with a member of Anova’s nursing team
While not an obvious consideration, there are legal considerations for certain people undergoing fertility care. Knowing in advance how to handle topics such as legal parentage in important, especially with third party reproduction. To see a list of fertility lawyers that our patients have worked with in the past, please visit our resources page.
At Anova, we work closely with other integrated wellness providers and will support you to include holistic care approaches that complement your fertility protocol.
One of the most common treatments you may look to include is acupuncture, click here to learn more.