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National Day Of Truth & Reconciliation

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September 30, 2021 by Dr. Alda Ngo
In honour of National Truth and Reconciliation Day, we will be donating 10% of our revenue on Sept 30th to Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society. This indigenous organization has been serving indigenous children, youth and families in @yeg and area since 1994.  The founders believe strongly that keeping culture at the center is crucial and that this important... Read more »

COVID Update

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September 17, 2021 by Dr. Alda Ngo
So far, the new public health actions related to Albera’s recently declared state of public health emergency do not affect our healthcare setting. We will monitor the public health orders closely and continue to update you if there are any changes.In the meantime, we continue to: follow the directions provided by the CMOH, our professional... Read more »

Tracking Ovulation – The Pros & Cons

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August 31, 2021 by Christina Pistotnik
I typically get many questions regarding monitoring ovulation because there can be a lot of confusion around whether or not to do it. And if deciding to monitor, how should ovulation be tracked? I’m going to break down the pros and cons of both so that you can make a decision that best suits your... Read more »

Traditional Chinese Herbs – How They Work

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July 7, 2021 by Catherine Woodlock
Herbal medicine has been used for thousands of years in countless cultures across the world. Many pharmaceutical medicines are even derived from different plant materials. Our natural world is truly a garden of medicine, which we enjoy exploring through the art of herbal medicine. The ancient Chinese methods of diagnosing and prescribing herbs is very... Read more »

Connie’s Fertility Journey

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June 17, 2021 by Connie Yeung
June is a month that gives me a mixture of feelings.  First, it’s a month when I finally feel that summer is here and ready to spend some good time with my family.  However, it’s also a month when my emotions get triggered more because of my past miscarriage history.   I remember after a few... Read more »

Part 4: How Social Media Breaks Can Reduce Fertility Stress

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June 3, 2021 by Christina Pistotnik
Social Media Breaks  When experiencing difficulties trying to conceive, it can be really hard on the psyche seeing pregnancy and baby announcements taking place on social media. It can cause more stress to an already stressful situation.  That’s why I suggest taking breaks from social media from time to time. I know in this day... Read more »

Part 3: How Exercise Can Reduce Fertility Stress

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May 27, 2021 by Christina Pistotnik
Exercise  Exercise is a great stress management tool. However, when trying to conceive there should be a healthy balance. This means that exercise should be done in moderation because on the flip side, too much exercise can actually hinder pregnancy attempts.  Generally, it is best to exercise 3-5x/ week no longer than 1 hour each... Read more »

Part 2: How Mindfulness Can Decrease Fertility Stress

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May 20, 2021 by Christina Pistotnik
Mindfulness Mindfulness supports the cultivation of awareness of difficult psychological states while normalizing and accepting them, thereby increasing the capacity to respond to stress with resilience. A study published in Fertility and Sterility shows that Mindfulness-Based Programs for Infertility are an effective psychological intervention for those experiencing infertility, increasing resiliency and decreasing psychological distress (4).  ... Read more »

Part 1: How Acupuncture Can Help Decrease Fertility Stress

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May 13, 2021 by Christina Pistotnik
Experiencing fertility issues can be extremely stressful. In fact, research published by the Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology found that the psychological symptoms of those having fertility issues were comparable to those who were diagnosed with cancer or a cardiac condition (1).  The authors suggested that it is important for those experiencing fertility challenges... Read more »

Book Event: Catalogue Baby

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May 8, 2021 by Dr. Alda Ngo
Dr. Alda Ngo is honoured to be invited to moderate a Virtual Book Event on Thursday, May 20th at 6pm MT. Audreys Bookstore is hosting a book event with author, Myriam Steinberg, who has just published her deeply moving tragicomic graphic memoir, Catalogue Baby: A Memoir of (In)fertility, about a single woman’s efforts to conceive in her forties. ... Read more »

WFH on Real Talk with Ryan Jespersen!

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April 21, 2021 by Dr. Alda Ngo
Dr. Alda Ngo had the pleasure of joining a roundtable on Real Talk With Ryan Jespersen, one of Canada’s most popular live talk show/ podcasts. Dr. Alda was joined by 3 other people intimate with the infertility journey, Ryan Jespersen himself sharing about his own experience. A wonderful and meaningful conversation on infertility from the... Read more »

Alda’s story

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April 18, 2021 by Dr. Alda Ngo
As I witness so many brave people share their stories, in honour of CIAW & helping to normalize the conversation around infertility, I will take the opportunity to share my own story. I am #1in6 I’ve been working in fertility health since 2007 & for a good 7 plus years of this time, I found... Read more »

Fertility: Nourishing the Soil & Planting Seeds

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April 14, 2021 by Kelsey Shaw
Planting Seeds I am so excited to be getting a head start on my garden this year. I’ve started planting my seedlings indoors. Am I the only one who gets extremely excited seeing tiny little leaves poking through the soil?! When I look at the steps I’ve taken to help nurture and grow these seeds... Read more »

Self-Care Abdominal Massage For Fertility

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April 10, 2021 by Mykayla Sorensen
“I am feeling stressed, worried, and anxious… I know I need to relax, but I just don’t even know where to start anymore.”  Does this feel like a familiar sentiment? The stress of trying to conceive can be high under normal circumstances, but add on what has been happening in our world the last year... Read more »

How to Support Fertility With Sleep

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April 7, 2021 by Christina Pistotnik
According to the APA (American Psychological Association) it is best to get 7-9 hours of sleep per night. When people are not getting the appropriate amount or quality of sleep, their stress increases.  A nationwide cohort study out of Taiwan found that people who suffer from insomnia were almost four times more likely to struggle... Read more »

Dr. Alda Ngo on She Found Motherhood Podcast: Mindfulness for Fertility & Pregnancy Loss

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April 4, 2021 by Dr. Alda Ngo
I had the honour and pleasure of chatting with Dr. Sarah from She Found Motherhood about our Mindfulness for Fertility & Pregnancy Loss programs. Dr Sarah is an inspiring family, maternity and addiction physician based out of Victoria, BC. We chatted about the ins and outs of becoming parents as healthcare professionals, and how this... Read more »

Canadian Infertility Awareness: Infertility During A Pandemic

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April 1, 2021 by Dr. Alda Ngo
April 18 – 24 is Canadian Infertility Awareness Week. Roughly 1 in 6 who are trying to conceive in Canada experience infertility & this number has doubled since the 1980’s. Research shows that the psychological symptoms associated with infertility are similar to those associated with other serious medical conditions like heart disease, cancer and HIV.... Read more »

Erectile Dysfunction: A Functional Approach

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February 25, 2021 by Catherine Woodlock
Erectile Dysfunction (ED) affects a startling amount of people, and has been for hundreds of years. 10% of people under the age of 40 experience ED, and by the time they are 70 years old, 60% will experience ED. This is incredibly common, and not an easy situation to deal with. Yet there are so... Read more »

Featured Events

Early Fall: Online MBSR for Primary Infertility

Event Description Sep 6 – Nov 1 Online MBSR for Primary Infertility If you are someone who is currently struggling with primary infertility or pregnancy loss (trying to conceive your first child), join Dr. Alda Ngo for this online highly interactive Zoom based program. WHEN Mandatory Orientation: Mon, Sep 6 6 – 830pm PT |... Read more » ... Read more »

Late Fall: Online MBSR for Primary Infertility

Event Description Sep 30 – Dec 2 Online MBSR for Primary Infertility If you are someone who is currently struggling with primary infertility or pregnancy loss (trying to conceive your first child), join Stephanie Curran for this online highly interactive Zoom based program. WHEN Mandatory Orientation: Thurs, Sep 30 6 – 830pm PT | 7-930... Read more » ... Read more »

Early Fall: Online MBSR for Primary Infertility

Event Description Sep 6 – Nov 1 Online MBSR for Primary Infertility If you are someone who is currently struggling with primary infertility or pregnancy loss (trying to conceive your first child), join Dr. Alda Ngo for this online highly interactive Zoom based program. WHEN Mandatory Orientation: Mon, Sep 6 6 – 830pm PT |... Read more » ... Read more »

Late Fall: Online MBSR for Primary Infertility

Event Description Sep 30 – Dec 2 Online MBSR for Primary Infertility If you are someone who is currently struggling with primary infertility or pregnancy loss (trying to conceive your first child), join Stephanie Curran for this online highly interactive Zoom based program. WHEN Mandatory Orientation: Thurs, Sep 30 6 – 830pm PT | 7-930... Read more » ... Read more »

Late Fall: Online MBSR for Primary Infertility

Event Description Sep 30 – Dec 2 Online MBSR for Primary Infertility If you are someone who is currently struggling with primary infertility or pregnancy loss (trying to conceive your first child), join Stephanie Curran for this online highly interactive Zoom based program. WHEN Mandatory Orientation: Thurs, Sep 30 6 – 830pm PT | 7-930... Read more » ... Read more »

Online 3-week MBSR Refresher Program

Revitalizing the Practice: Connecting to the Heart of Experience For MBSR Graduates Join us for this 3-week MBSR refresher program with Mindfulness Instructors, Hannah Marsh and Dr. Alda Ngo, who are both trained MBSR Facilitators with the Centre for Mindfulness Studies. Anyone who has completed an 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program is invited to join us! This 3-week... Read more » ... Read more »

Late Fall: Online MBSR for Primary Infertility

Event Description Sep 30 – Dec 2 Online MBSR for Primary Infertility If you are someone who is currently struggling with primary infertility or pregnancy loss (trying to conceive your first child), join Stephanie Curran for this online highly interactive Zoom based program. WHEN Mandatory Orientation: Thurs, Sep 30 6 – 830pm PT | 7-930... Read more » ... Read more »

Online 3-week MBSR Refresher Program

Revitalizing the Practice: Connecting to the Heart of Experience For MBSR Graduates Join us for this 3-week MBSR refresher program with Mindfulness Instructors, Hannah Marsh and Dr. Alda Ngo, who are both trained MBSR Facilitators with the Centre for Mindfulness Studies. Anyone who has completed an 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program is invited to join us! This 3-week... Read more » ... Read more »

Late Fall: Online MBSR for Primary Infertility

Event Description Sep 30 – Dec 2 Online MBSR for Primary Infertility If you are someone who is currently struggling with primary infertility or pregnancy loss (trying to conceive your first child), join Stephanie Curran for this online highly interactive Zoom based program. WHEN Mandatory Orientation: Thurs, Sep 30 6 – 830pm PT | 7-930... Read more » ... Read more »

Online 3-week MBSR Refresher Program

Revitalizing the Practice: Connecting to the Heart of Experience For MBSR Graduates Join us for this 3-week MBSR refresher program with Mindfulness Instructors, Hannah Marsh and Dr. Alda Ngo, who are both trained MBSR Facilitators with the Centre for Mindfulness Studies. Anyone who has completed an 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program is invited to join us! This 3-week... Read more » ... Read more »

Late Fall: Online MBSR for Primary Infertility

Event Description Sep 30 – Dec 2 Online MBSR for Primary Infertility If you are someone who is currently struggling with primary infertility or pregnancy loss (trying to conceive your first child), join Stephanie Curran for this online highly interactive Zoom based program. WHEN Mandatory Orientation: Thurs, Sep 30 6 – 830pm PT | 7-930... Read more » ... Read more »
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