Pathways to Pregnancy

Pathways to Pregnancy : Personal Stories and Practical Advice for Your Fertility Journey

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Pathways to Pregnancy is a collection of wide-ranging and relatable stories, shared by an expert who also knows first-hand the pain and joy of the fertility journey from her own experience. Instructional and inspirational to anyone going through it or seeking to understand it deeply and in all its variations, these are real stories of hope and humor -- and some practical advice that is often overlooked but easy to incorporate into your life. These stories about real women, related by Mary Wong with both compassion and authority, retain many of the subjects' own words and particular perspectives.

Through their stories, Mary explains the central principles of fertility treatment by both Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners and Western doctors. Each story focuses on a set of archetypal challenges or life situations found in patients seeking fertility treatment. In this way, the book serves as a comprehensive examination of the spectrum of infertility experience, expressed through the lens of highly personal anecdotes and intimate experiences.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 137.16 x 213.36 x 20.32mm | 362.87g
  • LifeTree Media Ltd
  • Canada
  • English
  • 1928055168
  • 9781928055167
  • 1,550,840

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"What a wonderful contribution Mary Wong has made to the scores of women and couples facing the challenges of trying to get pregnant. Warm, approachable and professional, [Mary Wong] skillfully guides readers through the benefits of using the best of both western and traditional Chinese medicine in dealing with conception challenges. Her book is filled with honest but encouraging accounts of how these two practices can work in concert with each other to help women achieve their dream of becoming mothers."
--Toni Weschler, author of bestseller Taking Charge of Your Fertility

"An inspirational account of personal stories of women triumphing over infertility."
--Rebecca Fett, author of It Starts with the Egg

"In Pathways to Pregnancy Mary Wong tells her own and other couples' stories of fertility treatment, whilst offering advice based on the best of both Eastern and Western medicine. Anyone struggling to conceive will find this a helpful book."
--Jill Blakeway, Licensed Acupuncturist, co-author of Making Babies

"Written by a thoughtful, compassionate practitioner, Mary Wong's Pathways to Pregnancy offers solace and hope to everyone called to travel the 'scenic route' to parenthood."
--Julia Indichova, author of The Fertile Female

"If you want to become knowledgeable on the intimate relationship between TCM and reproductive medicine, this book is for you. Mary's book covers a complete range of infertility topics wrapped in the art of traditional Chinese healing -- all in an authentic and easy to read manner."
--Ari Y. Baratz BSc, MD, FRCSC (REI)

"Moving, inspiring and full of hope for women navigating the often heartbreaking journey of Infertility, Mary shares the stories of her patients and her own personal Infertility experience with an authenticity that will give comfort to all those trying to conceive."
--Ray Rubio, DAOM, L. Ac. (FABORM), Executive Director, American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine

"As an acupuncturist and former embryologist, I know too well that fertility goes beyond fertilizing an egg and a sperm. If you or your loved ones are struggling with fertility and want to know how to optimize your chances, this book is an invaluable resource. Mary provides a superb A-Z fertility guide, combining years of professional experience with her personal journey to take you to a deep level of healing and transformation that can very well be the missing piece in achieving your pregnancy."
--Helen BetGivargis, LA.c., M.S., Founder, Acupuncture Tree of Life

"Mary Wong is the only person I know who could create such an effective amalgam of eastern and western approaches to fertility care."
--Dr. Marjorie Dixon MD, FRCS(C), University of Toronto FACOG, Assistant Professor

"Pragmatic and expressive, Mary Wong shares real stories about human infertility, and weaves into them her vast knowledge of Eastern medicine as well as Western medicine, which together amount to a real 'human medicine'. Reading these tales, you can't help but be reminded of similar journeys that you or those you know have taken. In all of this, a clear Mary Wongian philosophical truth emerges: that there is definitely more water in the glass than you can possibly imagine!"
--Paul Turek, MD, FACS, FRSM, Founder, The Turek Clinic

"This landmark book gives readers not only a sense of direction, but a sense of belonging and community. Often, couples and individuals trying to make sense of their struggle feel incredibly isolated and misunderstood. And this feeling is not without merit, because so few of us have loved ones who can truly relate to the emotional torture that fertility issues can bring. Mary Wong shares heartfelt stories that embody the journey beautifully, and that will bring true hope and healing to many."
--Chris Axelrad, licensed acupuncturist, past president of
the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine

"Mary's book offers a nurturing way of healing for those struggling with infertility. This is a must-read for anyone wanting to take back control over their fertility journey. I will be recommending this book to my patients."
--Lorne Brown, Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, author of The Acubalance Fertility Diet, chair of the Integrative Fertility Symposium

"Combining the best of Chinese medicine and Western medicine, Mary draws on her personal wisdom and extensive patient experience to forge a path to overcoming infertility that will inspire and support you on your journey to pregnancy."
--Kathryn Simmons Flynn, author of Cooking for Fertility, founder of

Thank you to Mary Wong for this highly informative and readable book, a much needed addition to the literature. In a clear and engaging style, the author provides a wealth of information integrating TCM and western medicine both for infertility patients and those who care for and about them. Through her sensitive portrayal of her patients' stories, she reveals her deep appreciation of the pain caused by disruptions in the reproductive story and provides techniques for coping with that pain--and even growing from it--without trying to take it away or minimizing it. Well done.
--Martha O. Diamond, Ph.D, co-founder and director of the Center for Reproductive Psychology, San Diego, California, co-author of Unsung Lullabies: Understanding and Coping with Infertility
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About Mary Wong

Mary Wong B.Sc., R.TCMP, R.Ac, is the founder of ALIVE Holistic Health Clinic in Toronto. A TCM practitioner, Mary has been in practice for more than 20 years and has treated thousands of people with gynecological disorders, fertility challenges, and pregnancy-related symptoms or issues.

Randine Lewis, Ph.D., is the author of The Infertility Cure, and founder of The Fertile Soul retreat centers. She is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist who has studied both Eastern and Western medicine. A professional member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, she is the residing medical expert on's infertility site and on
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