Interview with The Conceivable Coach: Misty Reed
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We were thrilled to have interviewed, The Conceivable Coach aka. Misty Reed! Misty is a licensed reproductive acupuncturist. However, her practice is unique in that she works with people from all over the world coaching them to better fertility health through the lens of whole-systems medicine, or looking at the whole person, to see where the deficiences or excesses are and how to return balance to those areas. Read more about Misty below and make sure to visit her website to learn more about her practice.
Tell us a little bit about you, your background, and what you do.
My name is Misty Reed, and I grew up in Central Texas where I currently live with my husband, two children and two dogs. I received a B.S. in Nutrition from The University of Texas at Austin, and went on to earn a Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine. I have worked in the field of Reproductive Medicine for 7 years. Most of that time I have worked at the Texas Center for Reproductive Acupuncture as a Licensed Acupuncturist. For the past year I have been working as a fertility expert to assist women and couples conceive through my business Conceivable Coach. As a fertility coach I work with women and couples that are interested in having healthy babies nor or in the future, as well as women that are having trouble getting and staying pregnant. I use an integrative approach commonly referred to as Whole Systems Medicine. This means I look at the whole person to see what is causing the possible infertility, and use my background in Chinese Medicine to determine how to fix these issues. I use a combination of dietary changes, supplements, acupressure, and make recommendations for bodywork, exercise, herbal supplements, and other healing modalities. I provide this support to women and couples trying to conceive naturally, or that may be trying to conceive with IUI, IVF, gestational carrier, sperm or egg donor, or any other possible combination!
What is the best part of the work that you do?
The best part is helping people grow their families. And it’s so rewarding to help couples achieve greater health in the process! I always tell my clients that if they want to be a parent, there are many options available to them. Regardless of which path they choose, I still want them to achieve greater health beforehand – in order to take care of others, you need to take care of yourself. I truly believe that the work I do not only creates families, but it makes families and our communities stronger in the process.
What is the toughest part of the work that you do?
When people aren’t able to reach their goals and aren’t at peace with it. I have had plenty of patients over the years that have not be able to conceive, and have decided to live child free. And if they are at peace with that decision, then I am truly happy for them. In that situation, they have achieved greater health and clarity on what they want in life. However, when a woman or couple isn’t able to conceive, nor are they able to move forward with other options such as living child free, adoption or using donor eggs/sperm/embryos, it is heartbreaking. I try and dig deep with these patients to determine what aspect of parenthood is important to them so we can adjust our goals as needed and move forward with a plan.
What do you like to do outside of work?
I love being outside! My family and I love to canoe and hike, so we spend some time doing that. I also love movies, reading, and listening to audiobooks (mostly fiction).
What is the best advice that someone gave you?
That one person can make a difference. I try to keep that in perspective on a daily basis. You never know what someone has experienced or where they are at emotionally when you come into contact with them. I keep this in mind for everything, from working with clients to going to the grocery store. It allows me to come from a place of compassion and kindness and not take things personally.
What gets you up in the morning?
Helping people – I love that I get to support people and help them work on their dreams of growing their family. My clients frequently send me holiday cards and birth announcements. I keep these cards as a reminder of the lives that I’ve changed over the years. There’s nothing more inspiring to me than looking at the smiling babies and kids of clients that I’ve helped support over the years.
What are you most excited about in your career right now?
The prospect of working with people remotely. Up until a year ago people had to be willing to come to the acupuncture clinic that I worked at to work with me. I’m excited to be taking a model that has worked for 100’s of couples and be able to apply it to clients all over the country (and eventually all across the globe!). I want to help as many people as possible become healthier and grow their families.
What would consider your most significant career accomplishment to date?
Becoming a Fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine. This was something that I studied hard for and am very proud of. It’s an amazing group of practitioners that are always striving to advance the field of reproductive medicine and provide a lot of education and support to each other.
What do you consider your greatest personal achievement to date?
My family. My husband and I met in high school and have been together for 19 years (married for 13 of those years). My two children have simultaneously brought the most joy as well as the most challenges! All of which I love on a daily basis. They constantly inspire me to be a better mother, partner, and health care provider.
Those of us going through infertility are in a challenging time in our lives. What suggestions can you provide to help get us through this adversity?
Create a plan and find sources of support for that plan. Having a plan is helpful, otherwise folks may go down a path that they later realize they don’t want. And keep in mind that life throws us curve balls, so the plan may need to be adjusted over time. During those times when things aren’t going your way, you’ll benefit from the support of others. Surround yourself with people that have experiences similar to yours, as well as people that can listen to you and will love and support you no matter what happens. You’ll need those things during your fertility journey.
How do you deal with stressful times in your life?
Yoga and breathwork have been amazingly helpful throughout my adult life. I first discovered the benefits of yoga while in college, and it helped lower stress and resolved some pain that I had from IBS. I’ve come to realize that there’s something so simple and beautiful as well as extremely effective about combining breathwork with movement, so I try and make it to at least one yoga class a week (I love people, and really love the energy that a yoga class provides). I also meditate before seeing patients, and focus on my breath anytime something stressful arises.
What is one piece of advice that you can give someone going through infertility?
Trust your intuition and get a second opinion. People are much more intuitive than they realize, and tapping into it will help you make the best decisions sooner rather than later. And always consider getting a second opinion. If you were going to have surgery, you would probably consider a second or even a third opinion. Do the same thing with your fertility treatments – get a second opinion.
What book do you recommend for our readers and why? It can be one related to fertility or just a book that you feel has impacted your life in some way.
The Infertility Cure by Randine Lewis is a great introductory book on how Chinese medicine can help improve fertility. I recommend it for anyone that wants more information on how Chinese medicine may help improve their outcomes.
Where can our readers connect with you?
Facebook and Twitter are great places to see what I’m up to and get a daily dose of fertility support or inspiration. Folks can also visit my website for more information about working with me.