on 17 June 2013
This book is packed full of information yet non prescriptive and a joy to read! It should be bought for all daughters, nieces and young women you know! It has lots of common sense advice on how to keep yourself healthy so that when you decide to conceive one day you're in good shape to do so.
It's not just for those wanting help with conception, but really useful for any woman wanting to understand her body and fertility better.
It also goes way beyond the normal dry information about female biology. Emma gives words of wisdom on sex, relationships and our emotions. Best of all, its got lots of delicious recipes that promote good health.
on 1 August 2013
This is a wonderful, sane, grounded and comforting book. Whether you're exploring IVF or struggling for baby 2 or - like me - just wanting to do what you can to stay fertile and healthy until you're ready to become a mum, this book is a reassuring companion full of wise words and practical suggestions.
on 16 June 2013
After reading this book, I have finally begun to understand the mind/body connection, and how the lifestyle choices I make can affect my future health. A must read for all females!
Emma uses simple language to explain the reproductive cycle and how we can look to preserve and optimise our fertility using Chinese medicine, diet and lifestyle advice. She also gives advice on some common gynaecological and fertility problems, and how we can look to improve these conditions using Western and Chinese medicine. An excellent middle of the road approach, which is easy to read!
Emma's holistic approach to fertility and her wealth of experience in this area is evident, but what also comes across is her genuine passion for helping people.
on 4 June 2013
Emma Cannon continues to deliver sensible, practical advice for women in all stages of their lives. She never preaches but gives solid advice as to how you can improve your fertility. Her style is approachable and thoughtful, without judgement. And I always learn something new from her.
Her chicken soup recipe from the last book is still a firm favourite.
on 21 June 2013
Emma's most recent book is a soothing and calming antidote to the well trodden fertility path that can so easily become fraught and goal-oriented. It is gentle, intuitive and warm in tone - just what the often jaded fertility client needs. Most importantly, it is written with an acute and sensitive understanding of women and our sometimes complex psychological and emotional relationships with our bodies and reproductive health.
In a world where women are stronger, high performing and more achievement-focussed than ever before, the clear messages in this book act as a simple balm to calm the mind. In an age where we can make choices, be mistresses of our own destiny and go forth to conquer the world if we so wish... one small and simple fact remains, our fertile health and wellbeing is at the very heart of who we are, and if neglected will impact not only on our reproductive prospects, but will weigh heavily on our heart and soul like a shadow, weighing down overall health and vitality.
As a tonic to the achievement-oriented 'merry-go-round', Emma's wisdom counsels being kind and gentle to ourselves, giving us a welcome release from the busy, stressed and often urban lives we lead. How many practitioners will tell you to stop 'doing' and 'pursuing' and just give yourself a break, emotionally and physically? To attune with your own body and develop an intuitive understanding of you own rhythms is ultimately empowering. The fertility journey can be a sterile and soul destroying 'treadmill,' whilst at the same time laden with hope and wishfulness; Emma points out how simply getting back to basic self care through excellent nutrition and gentle therapies, multiple health benefits will ensue.
The central point made by the book (fertility needs preserving), could not be more apt or relevant. How many young girls are taught about fertile health within a mandatory sex education class at school? We all remember being handed out condoms, thinking this very funny at the time, but who mentioned to us that our 'right' to offspring is by no means a given, or a birthright? Through this book we come to understand through the circle of life that we inherit certain female health aspects from our mother, and in turn, we have a duty of care to pass such wisdom down to our daughters so they can be empowered with the knowledge that fertility needs to be understood and engaged with - not necessarily in a one-track baby-making quest, but centrally as a core lynchpin of our health and wellbeing.
The very poetry of Chinese Medicine is imbibed in the beautiful connection between the heart and the womb. Where Western medicine is so valid and awe-inspiring in its constant progress, it sometimes bypasses the link between emotional health and physical; the timelessness of the principles of Chinese Medicine, outlined by Emma, means that if nothing else, the reader will be a little softer and kinder to themselves.