Trying to Get Pregnant


Dear Midwife,
My partner and I are trying to conceive and after over a year I am getting a little worried. I have had blood tests and they were all fine. Any help or advice would be appreciated.


You say that you have been tested, but has your partner? In about 40% of the cases, that is the issue. Fortunately, male problems are usually much easier to deal with than female problems, and there is a good chance for a successful pregnancy in many cases. After a year, both partners should have a full work-up IMHO, assuming that you are well-educated about when to have intercourse.

--Cynthia, CNM. PhD

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Cynthia Flynn

Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.