Who is "Your Fertile Mind"?
My name is Paul Entwistle, and as the founder of The Rodney Fertility Clinic, and the originator of Your Fertile Mind, I have spent most of my working life in the field of fertility. Starting out as a clinical biochemist, in one of the country's largest maternity hospitals, my research interests were in endocrinolgy, folic acid deficiency in pregnancy, and the intra-uterine bichemical monitoring of problem pregnancies.
After obtaining my Master of Philosophy degree I set up and ran the first Donor Insemination Clinic in Liverpool, which eventually became The Rodney Fertility Clinic, which, with its in-house sperm bank, went on to provided a DI service for couples and single women for over 15 years up until 1996.
During those years I undertook extensive research into the role of antisperm antibodies in male and female infertility, which led to the setting up of the Andrology and Donor Insemination Units attached to the Liverpool Women's Hospital's IVF Unit. Whilst doing so I became increasingly aware of the importance of emotional factors in the aetiology and management of infertility, and of need for psychological support, counselling and a more holistic approach for those undergoing investigations and treatment for infertility.
In order to fully understand this I began training in fertility counselling, hypnotherapy and acupuncture, and was soon using these approaches in the IVF Unit, where I was the Unit's voluntary counsellor, and in my fertility practices in Liverpool and in Harley Street, London. Increasingly I have tried to integrate emotional and holistic elements into the standard medico-scientific management of infertility.
As well as being a fertility hypnotherapist, I am a teacher of natural family planning, and also a medication counsellor with a particular interest in the management of tranquilliser, sleeping tablet and antidepressant addiction during pre-conception and pregnancy.
I have spent over 30 years talking to patients about their fertility problems, and am a member of all of the national infertility support networks, and fertility societies. As a fertility educator and lecturer, I also talk regularly to fertility units and support groups thoughout the country, have run tutorials in fertility for undergraduate courses and act as a Mentor for a national fertility network.