There are two events in my life
that solidify
my faith in the power of
nutrition.
These monuments will forever
bring me back
to that core belief that each of
us has the
ability to control who we are,
what we choose to think, and
what we choose to do with our
health.
My family has an inherent weakness in the area of hormonal
balance.  I have three aunts who were unable to bear children;
my sister has been unable to conceive, even after trying fertility
drugs and lazer surgery; and I had surgery years ago to enable
me to have the children I longed for.  At this time, my surgery
was called a 'wedge resection' and served to surgically remove a
pie shaped section of each ovary so that the egg could
penetrate the ovarian walls that had become thickened from
fibroid cysts.
With this history in mind, I was not surprised when my
daughter, Morgan, did not menstruate.  From the tender age of
sixteen, her OB/GYN induced menstrual periods with the use of
birth control pills.  Morgan detested this, and would put it off
as long as possible.  The forced menstruation was debilitating,
with agonizing cramps and heavy bleeding. Her doctor had also
told Morgan that it was unlikely she would ever have children.
I began looking for an answer which would help Morgan to
achieve a period naturally.I encouraged her to begin a program
of pau d'arco, essiac tea, and shark cartilage to help dissolve
the cysts on her ovaries. She also included a combination of
female corrective herbs which included red raspberry, alfalfa,
dong quai, blessed thistle, and black cohosh to target her
reproductive system.  Along with this, Morgan took a
combination of herbs to strengthen the entire endocrine system;
particularly the pituitary gland which is the master conductor
for our endocrine system.  Within three months Morgan began
normal periods, without the heavy cramping and bleeding that
was a side effect of the birth control pills.  She had mixed
feelings about this; because she admitted to enjoying the
freedom of not having to deal with menstruation for the better
portion of each year.
At this point it seemed the victory was won.  Another point
scored for the incredible  power of herbs to return the body to
homeostasis. However, both my daughter and I had naively
stopped short in realizing that this restored balance could
presage further events.
When Morgan announced her pregnancy, my jaw dropped.  Her
husband, who had learned to accept their lives as being
childless, seemed dazed.   This baffled look he wore seemed
plastered to his countenance from that day until the day their
daughter, Sierra, was born.  I will never forget the glorious
moment when the doctor held up the newborn and announced,
"This is the healthiest looking baby I've seen in a long time."

About this same time, my daughter-in-law was expecting her
first child.  Wendy's doctor sent her to a High-Risk Specialist
after the ultra sound revealed only two channels in the umbilical
cord, rather than three.  Two channels are meant to deliver
nutrients to the fetus and one carries waste out of the womb.  
The doctor explained their concern that the baby could be born
with Down's Syndrome, but would definitely be undersized, due
to the missing umbilical channel.  Wendy was monitored closely
with frequent ultra-sounds as well as comparative
measurements taken of the baby's head growth.
We knew it was imperative to get as much nutrition as possible
through that single channel.  Wendy began taking raspberry leaf
herb, alfalfa, kelp, and dandelion.  The alfalfa was taken in
concentrated form as this herb directly feeds the pituitary
gland, which in turn promotes growth.  Wendy was faithful in
taking her supplements throughout her entire pregnancy.
I had the good fortune to be present at this granddaughter's
birth also.  The delivery room was filled with no less than eight
hospital personnel as the time approached for the baby's birth.  
The staff were solicitous and kind; and they were fully prepared
for a preemie.  When Wendy was in transition, and barely aware
of comments around her, one of the doctors said to staff, "We
don't expect the baby to be over five pounds."
I stood on the side, with my son's mother-in-law, waiting
anxiously as a chorus of medical students, nurses, and doctors
chanted in unison, "push, push, push".  Each time the baby's
head crowned, we held our breaths, and then the tiny wet head
would disappear.  Again the chorus....."push, push, push".  
Finally that triumphant moment came when the baby slipped out
and everyone heaved a sigh of relief, and a shout of
exhilaration.  Everyone feels as though they have somehow
participated in, and not just observed, a miraculous event.
Kaitlynn was born, and she weighed a glorious 7.6 pounds, had
perfect color, and was strong and healthy in every way.  The
hospital preparations for an undersized, undernourished baby
were not needed.  The comments around the room were, "Maybe
there were three channels after all."  So a portion of the
umbilical cord was taken to the lab to be analyzed.  The result
showed that, indeed, only two channels had been present.
Two beautiful granddaughters.  Uncertain beginnings...but with
the help of proper nutrition, and positive thinking.....two very
precious gifts.
The information in this article is intended for education purposes only.  It is not meant to diagnose, prescribe, or
replace medical treatment.
Article: Fertility and Well Baby - Case histories
Sierra and Kaitlynn