I finished reading “Making Babies” by Dr. Sami David MD and Jill Blakeway LAc a couple months ago. I have to say, I thought it was pretty good. Here are my thoughts on the book and their 3-month program for maximizing fertility.
This book attempts to simplify and meld two very intricate and very different paradigms. The authors come from two separate worlds; Dr. Sami David is a medical doctor and Jill Blakeway is a licensed acupuncturist. They work together in New York, creating a beautifully integrated approach to fertility and reproductive health. This book outlines a 3-month plan to optimizing your fertility and taking an individualized approach toward which problems you are most likely to face. I like that it is a 3-month plan, because even though that is my minimum time frame for a pre-conception period, it is a time frame that most people can commit to.
What I Liked About this Book
I really liked their combined approach – traditional Chinese medicine integrated with allopathic medicine to capitalize on the best of both. With fertility and reproductive health being such a vast subject, I really appreciated their whole-person, whole-health approach. They start by teaching foundational principles and then gradually progress from most conservative interventions to most invasive interventions. This is how all medicine should be approached! Acknowledging that there are more dynamics at play that we can address with pharmaceuticals alone and making sure that you have explored the basics before embarking on a the very invasive (and very expensive) last resort options.
This book also had a very unique classification system. They have questionnaires that you can fill out to help classify your fertility type as Pale, Stuck, Dry, Waterlogged, or Tired. I like this more individualized approach because when you are working with fertility, it is never one-size-fits-all. You can take the questionnaire online at makingbabiesprogram.com. I lean toward “Tired & Stuck”.
I would definitely recommend this book to women trying to get pregnant or thinking of babies in the future. It would be a great first introduction to personalized fertility work, compared with some of the more “heavy” technical books out there. I usually have a bit stronger of a focus on nutritional interventions and autonomic nervous system support, but that’s because that is my speciality and they do include these topics.
If you are feeling overwhelmed with diving into the fertility world, I would say this is a great place to start your reading. For many women, I believe that making the lifestyle shifts recommended in this book could be exactly what their body needed to commit to supporting new life.