Testimonials

Emma has helped countless patients achieve their dream of having a family.
Here are just some of their stories…

Emma's story

Emma’s Story

After four years and several early, but no less heart-breaking, miscarriages an unofficial diagnosis of ‘unexplained infertility’ was ours.

Alice's story

Alice’s Story

I had no idea it was possible to get pregnant naturally with the assistance of acupuncture, 6 weeks post a failed IVF transfer.

Rebecca's story

Rebecca’s Story

I fell pregnant on trying, but our joy soon turned to extreme sadness with my first miscarriage. I decided to try acupuncture to help with my fertility and found the Emma Cannon Clinic. From the first moment that I met Emma my instincts told me that I was in safe hands with her.

Sams's story

Sam’s Story

Following 1 ectopic pregnancy, 2 IVF miscarriages and a further 2 failed IVF attempts, Sam hit rock bottom. Her IVF doctor suggested she try acupuncture, referring her to me. Sam shares the rest of the story in her own words…

Eleanor's story

Eleanor’s Story

Eleanor and her husband Derek had fallen pregnant with their first son Isaac after trying for three years. On the brink of starting IVF, it was a surprise natural conception after such a long time trying. The couple knew they didn’t want a big age gap so, after another three years of trying for a second child, they sought help from Emma…

Nina's story

Nina’s Story

Nina was 41 years old and had experienced one miscarriage when she came to see Emma, hoping to conceive.

Tracie's story

Tracie’s Story

"On the day I turned 40 I remember waking up with a terrible sinking feeling. It was not the fact I was 40, it was the fact I was childless and 40."

Becky's story

Becky’s Story

Becky felt very stuck and despondent after years of trying.

Anna's story

Anna’s Story

“I’ll never forget the day my husband and I were sitting next to the lake in Battersea Park. He said to me in a faltering voice that perhaps we should start trying to get our heads around the fact that maybe we would be one of those couples that simply doesn’t have children, and that that would be ok – imagine the places we would see and the travelling we could do? I burst into inconsolable tears.”

 

Rebecca's story

Rebecca’s Story

I fell pregnant on trying, but our joy soon turned to extreme sadness with my first miscarriage. I decided to try acupuncture to help with my fertility and found the Emma Cannon Clinic. From the first moment that I met Emma my instincts told me that I was in safe hands with her.

During our acupuncture sessions, I would listen to Emma’s wise words and calming manner. She advised me not to panic or become scared, and instilled in me the strength to keep believing and hoping. I went on to fall pregnant two more times, but again sadly miscarried.

After this I tried 3 cycles of IVF, again without success. At this point, with the help of Emma’s advice, my husband and I decided we would try to naturally conceive again, and miraculously I fell pregnant a fourth time. On reaching the 20 week milestone in my pregnancy, I finally allowed the ‘celebration’ of this milestone – Emma even did a celebration dance around her clinic room, it was a great moment for us all!

Emma taught me that it’s okay to believe, to dream, to visualise, and I believe that the key for me during this time was not only the acupuncture treatments but also the focus on being fertile. My husband and I have proudly received our wonderful gift of a baby girl – against all the odds and incredible circumstances. We are thankful, we are blessed, we are grateful – we believe in miracles. Thank you Emma and your team for all your support and love.

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Sam's story

Sam’s Story

Following 1 ectopic pregnancy, 2 IVF miscarriages and a further 2 failed IVF attempts, Sam hit rock bottom. Her IVF doctor suggested she try acupuncture, referring her to me. Sam shares the rest of the story in her own words…

I sat with Emma, proudly listing how I was preparing my body for IVF. I remember so vividly saying (whilst thinking ‘this will impress her’) how I was on a strict sugar free, clean and lean diet and… “clean and mean is what I call it, darling,” she smiled. She took my hand and explained the difference between nurture and restriction. Within minutes she had found the problem; I wasn’t looking after myself, I was punishing myself. I had eradicated nearly all pleasure from my life as a way to gain some element of control in a situation that was actually very much outside my control.

Only in that room with Emma did I realize; I was broken and had no belief in myself, my body or in IVF. I had given up and was merely going through the motions. It was incredibly painful to face but deep down I knew I would be ok, with Emma’s help. She knows how hard this is for you and has a unique way of uncovering the problem and empowering you.

Within a couple of sessions with Emma I felt better than I had in years. By relinquishing control I finally felt in control. I was looking after myself, I was calm and it was the first time I had felt connected to my body since my ectopic pregnancy. My 5th round of IVF was by far the easiest, the acupuncture eradicated a lot of the symptoms (especially the mood swings and bloating) and once my darling boys were put back inside of me as 2 miniscule embryos, Emma taught me how to welcome them, to love them, to visualize my body both accepting them and helping them to grow.

3 days after my transfer and Emma knew I was pregnant. “It’s looking good darling.”

Emma nurtured me throughout the first 3 months of my pregnancy and beyond. She looked after me and taught me how to look after myself. I felt like her only patient.

Our 5th round of IVF was the only one supported with acupuncture and I was lucky enough to have this with Emma whose unique approach to women and fertility changed the way I looked after myself. She helped to make my dream come true – Woody and Oliver.

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Eleanor's story

Eleanor’s Story

Eleanor and her husband Derek had fallen pregnant with their first son Isaac after trying for three years. On the brink of starting IVF, it was a surprise natural conception after such a long time trying. The couple knew they didn’t want a big age gap so, after another three years of trying for a second child, they sought help from Emma…

"I was desperate to not have a huge gap between the children. Emma was a hugely calming influence who made me believe it wasn’t a question of IF I would conceive again but WHEN.

We decided we would try IVF and this is where I feel Emma’s expertise excelled. She helped me decide what kind of clinic to choose, and ‘held my hand’ through the whole process, fitting me in for sessions as and when required in order to best support the process.

After our second round of IVF I was able to send Emma a text. I think it read ‘you’ll never guess what…’ Of course she knew before I did, but telling her the news was the best feeling. Rex was born March 2017. Our family was complete!

Emma has continued to play a part in our lives. I will always be very grateful, not only for her help with conceiving, but also for the chats we had and her kind, holistic approach. Who knows if it was the acupuncture was which made it all work out? But I do know that the sessions were incredibly relaxing and therapeutic which can only help."

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Nina's story

Nina’s Story

Nina was 41 years old and had experienced one miscarriage when she came to see Emma, hoping to conceive.

"My decision to book a consultation with Emma was a profound acknowledgment of my deep wish to have a child, despite being single. Too many days and nights had been spent feeling sorry for myself that I had missed the boat – it was time to take action. I had already tried to conceive for six months with no success when I met Emma. It was a significant turning point for me.

I will always remember our first meeting. The environment of her practice was so cosy and homely, I felt I was visiting an old friend for tea rather than receiving treatment in a clinic. Emma empowered me with the knowledge that it was within me to manifest all that I needed to become a parent, including optimum health, emotional courage, balanced hormones and a sense of humour!

She instilled in me a confidence that things would work out. I received several sessions of acupuncture with Emma, and did my best to follow her advice as I proceeded with my attempts to conceive via a donor. However there was another more magical element to it all. Each time I went to receive a treatment I felt my confidence soar. Emma believed in my body’s ability to carry a child, she encouraged me to keep going when things seemed bleak and became my cheerleader to conception.

Six months after my first visit, I was blessed with pleasure of contacting her to let her know I was pregnant! She was so kind to me and had my back from the start, she was one of the very first people I shared my newly discovered joy with and I will always be grateful to her for her healing abilities, and empowering voice. My son Mika was born on the 21st October 2014. He is the greatest blessing of my life and every day I am filled with a sense of wonder and gratitude."

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Tracie's story

Tracie’s Story

"On the day I turned 40 I remember waking up with a terrible sinking feeling. It was not the fact I was 40, it was the fact I was childless and 40.

I had finally found the partner I wanted to spend my life with, he was six years younger than me. I felt the pressure accelerate to fall pregnant.

We had actually started trying when I was 38 and those two years had flown by. We just kept thinking it would happen. We went away for a month in Thailand to relax and we decided if things had not happened naturally then we would get some advice about IVF.

While we were away I had read a book called ‘The Baby Making Bible’ by Emma Cannon. It appeared in my life rather magically, literally landing in my lap (too long a story to share here!)

We came back in the February, still with the dreaded negative pregnancy test, and by Easter we were having our first round of IVF. Not quite the Easter egg collection I was dreaming of. As I read more and more about my elevated FSH hormone levels I started to feel like it would never happen for us and I was too old. We did get pregnant on that round but miscarried. After this we decided not to rush back into it, and no more googling. I booked my first appointment with Emma.

Emma welcomed me with the most incredible warmth and was more knowledgeable about fertility than anyone I had ever spoken to before. I cried a lot, she didn’t mind. After my amazing first session of acupuncture and armed with packets of ‘nourish blood’ teas and soups, I felt I had a much better understanding of how to make my womb a fertile ground for a baby.

We conceived again, naturally this time, but then miscarried for a second time. Had I not been seeing Emma at this time we would have probably have ploughed straight into another intense round of IVF. Instead I carried on seeing Emma and I have no doubt that the sessions were helpful, especially to my mental health. I started to blossom again, I was calm and I found a sense of well-being and peace. In fact, I felt an abundance of positive energy and health… and then I conceived naturally. Emma supported me throughout the pregnancy and our baby boy Henry was born on Fireworks Night 2015, a healthy 10lb rocket of magic."

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Alice's story

Alice’s Story

"I had no idea it was possible to get pregnant naturally with the assistance of acupuncture, 6 weeks post a failed IVF transfer. In late 2014 I gave birth to our first baby, Alfie, after 3 years of desperately trying. He was conceived through IVF. We were very fortunate as the process was very smooth and worked first time. After Alfie was born we knew we wanted to have another child, so because of our ages, we started trying to conceive again pretty much straight away. We didn’t go straight back to IVF as we thought there might be a chance that I could get pregnant naturally this time, but unfortunately we were unsuccessful and I failed to fall pregnant.

After 18 months of trying, desperate, we restarted the IVF process. This time I was a lot more apprehensive about the outcome. Something niggled in my mind that we were not going to be as successful as before. I was right. This time our transfer did not work. I started to panic. I was nearing 40 and I knew that if we were to have another child, I needed to try another approach.

While I had heard much about the fact that acupuncture was highly effective for fertility I had never tried it. So when a friend recommended the wonderful Emma Cannon, less than three weeks after my failed IVF, I paid her a visit. I met Emma and told her my story. She was extremely reassuring, sympathetic and upbeat and made me feel instantly at ease. I started a course of 10 acupuncture sessions with her and was overjoyed when just 3 acupuncture sessions later, I was pregnant!

Today is my due date. We are so excited to meet our little bundle of joy! I loved my sessions with Emma and have found acupuncture to be a fantastic experience in so many ways, and something that I will definitely continue to use in the future."

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Becky's story

Becky’s Story

"We felt very stuck and despondent in our fertility journey, after years of trying and feeling very frustrated with poor quality medical treatment in our local area.

We live in Cambridge and were looking for something to help move us forward. We booked a one off review consultation with Emma.
We found this one of the most helpful things in our fertility journey. She provided some expert advice and signposted us to where we needed for the next steps (including somewhere to access a better medical diagnosis and treatment plan).

I can’t recommend this enough, and we are now gratefully expecting later this year."

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Anna's story

Anna’s Story

"I’ll never forget the day my husband and I were sitting next to the lake in Battersea Park. He said to me that perhaps we should start trying to get our heads around the fact that maybe we would be one of those couples that simply doesn’t have children, and that that would be ok – imagine the places we would see and the travelling we could do? I burst into inconsolable tears. I had no problem getting pregnant, the problem was staying pregnant. This meant repeated cycles of slowly diminishing joy, followed by disappointment (diminishing because the more I miscarried the more we had to lower our expectations for the next time).

That’s when I first met the inspiring and wonderful Emma Cannon…ironically when I was already pregnant. She kept me calm, grounded and hopeful. The first early scan devastatingly revealed no pregnancy, or at least no baby in the uterus. A series of tests revealed that it was an ectopic pregnancy that had to be dealt with quickly. I was now a fallopian tube down and things were looking bleak.

As soon as we realised only one fallopian tube was operational we decided to get going with a course of IVF. Emma helped us assemble a SWAT team of experts in every field. She would supply the acupuncture pins and Michael McIntyre would administer the Chinese herbs under the watchful eye of consultant gynaecologist Adrian Lower, who thoroughly managed the IVF process and more importantly, our expectations at every turn. These were uncharted waters and we had no idea what to expect. But the SWAT team were always there, cheering us on and willing it to work.

After the first week of treatment, it transpired that I wasn’t responding well to the IVF drugs and by the end of the cycle it was revealed that only 2 eggs had been produced. Far from ideal but that’s what we had to work with. We waited to see whether the embryos were dividing and Adrian suggested that we put them back in after 2 days as opposed to the usual protocol of 5. We returned, nervous, but with the dream still alive and then we waited. The management of our emotions during this period had to be the worst part of the process. We tried to remain positive and open to the idea of all good things being possible, as well as being prepared for total despair at any moment.

Throughout it all Emma was there for me: a beacon of light, calm and a source of genuine love for which I am eternally in her debt. Sticking pins in me, whilst making me laugh throughout the whole hideous thing, she was entirely (well maybe not entirely) but hugely and immeasurably, responsible for what eventually happened.

At the 6 week scan Mike and I stared at the screen and I instantly saw two of them beating away!!! We were overwhelmed with elation, excitement, euphoria and relief. From here on in the next 9 months were full of light and shade, but what prevailed most of all was a sense of hope and focus. I had acupuncture with Emma once a week, which became an integral part of the journey, as well as a huge bonus in that I made a friend for life, and someone whom I have turned to at other crossroads in my life – completely unrelated to fertility.

So now, nearly 10 years later, here we are. The proud parents of two happy, healthy and hilarious boy and girl twins named Sam and Evie: the best things to have ever happened to us in all our lives. We wouldn’t have made it without the care and devotion of Emma and her team. What we learnt along the way is to never give up, to stay strong for each other, and to do anything necessary to give yourselves a better chance. Be bloody-minded. It will be worth it in the end. "

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Emma's story

Emma’s Story

"We already had a son. Our gorgeous boy, Jake. We’d started trying to conceive again when he was about two and a half and I had no reason to doubt that I would fall pregnant straight away. I was genuinely shocked when the first month came and went and I couldn’t shout “pregnant!” from the roof tops.

Month two sent me into a real slump and by the time spring turned to summer and summer to autumn, still with no luck, I was firmly in the grip of what could only be described as an obsession.

“Don’t stress”, everyone said gently, as that painful first year of trying to conceive drew to a close. “Just relax”, they continued, as I sat babbling with desperate longing about dates, symptoms and how swollen my boobs felt.

It all got a bit awkward after a while, with every conversation revolving around ovulation tests, fertile phases and how functional sex had become for my partner and I. Luckily, my friends and family are wonderful and not one of them ever stopped listening, nodding and making all the right noises in all the right places, as the months turned to years and I slowly but surely lost the plot.

After four years and several early, but no less heart-breaking, miscarriages an unofficial diagnosis of ‘unexplained infertility’ was ours. So now what?

I’d heard about acupuncture and how it can help with fertility issues but, not being a fan of needles, I was hesitant to give it a go until a friend suggested I go and see Emma Cannon.

It was as a result of my weekly appointments with Emma that I began to physically and psychologically prepare for what I knew would be a huge step; IVF. Her “mind body” approach to fertility made total sense to me. Her calm, focused manner enabled me to begin to trust that my body could and would respond in the way I so desperately wanted it to, when it was ready. When the time was right.

But you don’t just ‘try’ IVF. You don’t just casually ‘give it a go’. Fertility treatment often comes at the end of a painfully long road with the stakes getting higher the further you travel. I knew I wanted, no, needed us to try. I felt like we’d come to the point of no return. The yearning in me to conceive and carry a second baby was so deep and primal that I honestly don’t know what could have stopped me from pushing for IVF to be our next step.

My partner was less sure. Yes, he wanted us to complete our family in the way that we’d always imagined, but he had concerns. Nevertheless, we went ahead. Grateful for financial support from family and a team at the Assisted Reproduction and Gynaecology Centre in London that I’d heard were second to none. If I remember correctly, eleven eggs were collected and most of them had progressed to blastocysts by the time it came to embryo transfer. Everything was looking good but still, it was all incredibly nerve-wracking and my emotions swung between optimism and joyous excitement to utter conviction that the cycle would fail and that our (my?) dream of having one more baby would be over forever.

No one could have prepared us for what followed. When the call came through that would tell us whether or not the cycle had worked I was shaking so much that I was barely able to confirm my name and date of birth. It felt like one of those moments where time stops and everything just hangs suspended. “We’ve got a positive pregnancy result, Emma,” the nurse said warmly, and it was like I could hear the smile in her voice. The sun came out, the birds sang and the world was glorious. “You’re HCG levels are nice and high at 536 so it’s a definite positive at the moment.”

Wait.

What did you say?

Five Hundred and Thirty Six??

“Isn’t that really high?” I said my heart pounding so hard I thought my chest might explode. “What does that mean? Could it be twins?”

“We can’t say at this point, but it might be there is more than one in there. You’ll have to wait for your first scan in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, can you pop back up to the clinic today?”

I was completely and utterly euphoric. I was floating, walking on air. It couldn’t be twins though. Surely not. Twins would be crazy. Nope. It won’t be twins, definitely not. Just one strong, solid, rooted single little darling who was going to stay put and be our missing piece.

Oh bless me for my naivety.

Twins it was. Twin one and twin two. Until the twenty week scan that is. Which is when our third missing piece decided to make his presence known.

Triplets.

Ella, Louis and Theo were born on a cold Wednesday morning in December 2009. I think we can safely say that IVF worked for us. With bells on."

You can read more of Emma’s story in her book All That Followed – A Story of Cancer, Kids and the Fear of Leaving too Soon

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