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Maureen is able to help you (women and men) achieve pregnancy using acupuncture and lifestyle changes as stand-alone treatment or in conjunction with Reproductive Endocrinology (RE).

No other practitioner in Lake County, IL has her depth and breadth of experience (25+ years) in fertility and the application of acupuncture and other wellness measures.  Since 2009, she has been providing a special acupuncture protocol on-site at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago (Gurnee) on the day of embryo transfer, to increase the chances of the transfer “working,” and at other RE Centers across Chicagoland dating back to 2003 when the first studies surfaced citing acupuncture as a useful adjunctive treatment during IVF.  Please call Maureen McLaughlin, LAc to discuss and schedule.

Between Jan 2018 and Jan 2019 the success rate for the patients who opted to have Maureen come give acupuncture at transfer at AFCC included the following:


Positive initial Beta hCG test


25% Negative initial Beta hCG test


6.25% Chemical Pregnancy

These stats are consistent with those from other years (68-75% success rate for initial positive Beta hCG test). 



During pregnancy Maureen is able to help: morning sickness, fatigue, ligament and hip pain, headaches, sinus issues, anxiety and insomnia, breech turning, hypertension, placenta previa, labor preparation and stimulation, and pain during childbirth (She can be on call to come and administer treatment at either home, birth center, or hospital birth). Maureen is a General Member of the Obstetrical Acupuncture Association (OBAA). Members have advanced education, hands-on experience, and knowledge of acupuncture as is applied to obstetrics, from conception and pregnancy through birth, and postpartum.


Postpartum is a joyous time, but can also be overwhelming for the new parent(s).  Acupuncture can address exhaustion, recovery from birth (esp. if a C-section), breastfeeding challenges, and help prevent postpartum depression.  Maureen is available to do house calls for overwhelmed postpartum Mothers so they can get treated without the hassle of trying to get Mom and baby dressed and out the door.  Maureen is a mother of three who used acupuncture and herbs to support all phases of her pregnancies, childbirths and postpartum times.  The mothering experience informs her work with women, men, and families and their unique paths, no matter how they create their own families and choose to parent.  Maureen is deeply empathic to women and couples who have a strong desire to become parents, which she has been told is very healing and helpful during the tumultuous journey to conceive or adopt. This empathy is felt in her treatment style.