Elizabeth Biagi is a registered homeopath with Society of Homeopathy, specialising in fertility and pregnancy. A truly holistic fertility practitioner she runs a fertility clinic in Edinburgh which allows her to fulfil her passion of educating others on natural fertility and preconception health.
Tell us how you came to be in the role you are today…
My own fertility journey was fraught with tragedy when I was involved in a car accident while five months pregnant with my first son. A year later, I went on to lose a second baby boy at full term as a result of the surgery performed on my uterus. A very sad time in my life.
At quite a young age, I taught myself fertility cycle charting and used preconception health supplements prior to each pregnancy. I was a real earth mother in the making. I even planned to conceive a girl in my third pregnancy and did. During my daughter’s pregnancy, I discovered the safe, side-effect free medicine that homeopathy gave me which really helped with persistent morning sickness.
It wasn’t until I felt the full force of post-traumatic depression several years later that I truly understood how powerful homeopathy could be in the hands of an experienced practitioner. Within days of treatment my mood lifted I was able to feel happiness after years of grief and hiding my depression. By the end of that year I was studying homeopathy.
In my homeopathy clinic, I seemed to attract women who’d suffered baby loss. After helping several grief-stricken parents achieve a family, I trained in preconception health and fertility awareness. How amazing to be able to help women in the same situation as me! Sometimes in life we become our own healer through our work with others; it’s always felt that way for me.
What would be your best advice to someone starting out on the same career path as you?
Follow your passion, there is no point in doing this work if it’s just for the money, your heart must be in it. Couples with fertility issues are desperately unhappy so you need to be knowledgable and compassionate to be able to help them. If you set out to specialise in fertility as a natural health practitioner get qualified in additional training such as a natural family planning teacher and work under the supervision of a fertility expert in your chosen profession. It’s a wonderful job working each day with the intention to bring in new life.
How do you relax when you’re not busy answering questions at I Quit Sugar?
In my organic garden. It’s a work in progress at the moment – this year the plan is for raised beds to grow vegetables and plant a row of fruit trees along the west facing garden wall. Nothing beats homegrown organic food.
What’s the hardest thing about your job?
Getting men onboard with their nutrition and preconception health. Sperm quality is falling into sub-fertile levels and IVF clinics are not addressing this as they focus heavily on the woman’s fertility. Sperm quality is a hot topic with natural fertility experts and there is a lot we can do to increase male fertility.
In five words, tell us the most important qualities for someone in your particular role…
Listen, guide, nurture, inspire, encourage.
What do you enjoy most about working in your field?
I love to see a woman go from the misery of infertility or baby loss to becoming a mother holding her healthy baby in her arms. A beautiful transformation.
What’s next on your horizon?
I’m in my sixth decade so it’s a time to consolidate and settle into my wisdom. Too often we are rushing through life without taking time to appreciate and reflect on what we’ve achieved and finding time for what matters most to us. It’s important to be present in the present moment.
Creating the right balance in which work doesn’t overshadow one’s own life. It’s something I encourage my fertility clients to do too.
Over the next few years, I’ll be coaching through my online fertility coaching course to reach as many people as I can. I’ll still work with one-to-one clients with my six-month fertility potential treatment program.
If you weren’t a Fertility Homeopath, you would have been a…
Sociologist. I studied sociology and social research previously and I think that sociology gives us fascinating insights into how society works and how we construct a collective reality. Not as fascinating as homeopathy though, which wins every time.
I fulfilled my childhood dream of being an archaeologist when I worked on archaeological excavations sites such as Avebury, something others can only dream of. I’d encourage everyone to follow their passion whatever age they are.
Why are you such a firm believer in the I Quit Sugar philosophy?
Sugar has become the ingredient of choice in the processed foods filling our supermarkets. It’s too easy for people to get drawn in by marketing to notice the high amounts of sugar they are consuming as much of it is hidden. I’ve long held the belief we could eat well if only unprocessed ingredients were available on supermarket’s shelves. We need to get back to eating real food, not products.
The IQS Team are coming for dinner. What are you cooking for us?
It will be something filling and hot. I’d serve an organic pork stew with onion, carrot and apple served with sweet potato and parsnip mash along with a side of steamed kale.
If you are still hungry, everyone can enjoy a slice of my personal recipe for a delicious organic carob, beetroot and raspberry cake that is gluten-free, dairy-free and sugar free! I’d top it with coconut yogurt.
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