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For those of you who don’t know us, we’re friends, former fertility patients and co-founders of Pulling Down the Moon, Inc. (a.k.a. “The Moon” or “PDtM”). Our Centers serve the patients of the two largest fertility centers in the country, Fertility Centers of Illinois and Shady Grove Fertility, and literally thousands of women have come to us to learn how things like yoga, acupuncture, nutrition and massage can help make them healthier and potentially improve their chances of conception. We’re over the moon (no pun intended) to have the chance to share our expertise in the area of holistic fertility with the readers of Fertility Authority!

To get started, we thought you might want to know a bit more about us before we share your eyeballs on a regular basis.

Beth Heller, M.S., R.Y.T.

Beth is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of Pulling Down the Moon, Inc., Integrative Care for Fertility (ICF ™). Beth earned her Master’s Degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics in 1999 and prior to founding PDtM, she spent four years working as a Nutrition Researcher for the Women’s Walking Program, a large National Institutes of Health-funded study that examined the impact of walking exercise on the physical, mental and spiritual well-being of menopausal women. As she witnessed women become stronger, less anxious and less depressed as a result of adding walking to their lives Beth had her first introduction to the powerful connection between mind and body.

Tamara Quinn, B.S., RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher), Yoga Swami

Tami is the Co-Founder of Pulling Down the Moon, a revolutionary holistic fertility center that has changed the standard of care for women experiencing infertility. Tami was called to this work after a 14-year career in the corporate world, most recently with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia where she spent 8-1/2 years in advertising and marketing. Struggling to find balance between career and family, Tami turned to yoga and discovered ancient healing techniques that not only helped with her stress, but also provided tools to help live a more balanced life. These tools also gave her the courage to leave the corporate world and the financial security it represented. Remembering her own difficulty in conceiving her twins, Tami knew these yoga tools would be meaningful for women experiencing similar challenges.

Pulling Down the Moon

We specialize in fertility and have been trained by medical infertility specialists to blend our specialties in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), acupuncture, massage and fertility yoga seamlessly with your medical fertility treatment.

Our name, Pulling Down the Moon, resonates with many symbols from eastern and western spiritual beliefs. The moon, as we all know, is intimately related to the tides and the female reproductive cycle. In addition, this peaceful luminary is the heavenly body that governs the astrological sign of Cancer, which is in turn the sign of home and mother. In both yoga and TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), the moon is associated with female energy, called ida and yin respectively in these traditions.

The idea of pulling down the moon calls to mind the challenges that some of us face when trying to conceive. It is during this time that our femininity feels challenged, that some of us may feel that motherhood is as far away as the moon and just as hard to reach. Yet, we believe that all of us have exactly what we need to be happy and complete, is it often just waking up to that fact that is the challenge.

In this blog, we'll share holistic ideas that will help you get to optimum fertility.

Beth and Tami



a blog by Beth and Tami of Pulling Down the Moon

No, this isn’t another chirpy post about the power of positive thinking or the laws of attraction. While there are potential fertility benefits to both of those things, the positive I’m talking about here is the little plus on the pee stick or the positive lilt in the nurse’s voice when she gives you the news that your beta hCG has just doubled. I've seen the apprehension behind the eyes of my yoga students when they share their good news. One hurdle cleared – “I’m pregnant!” – but another looms ahead: that tenuous first trimester. This anxiety is magnified if their journey has been a long one or if a previous “positive” ended in a negative.

Having experienced multiple miscarriages and other assorted disappointments of my own, that odd mix of joy and terror during the first twelve weeks of pregnancy is something I know way too well. I spent most of the waking hours of my first trimesters taking my basal temperature, making sure it hadn’t dropped, bracing myself to see blood on the toilet paper every time I went to the bathroom and subjecting every ping I felt in my abdomen to a thorough Google search.

Is there anything we can do to make this time bearable?

Absolutely. I’m assuming that you’ve been taking pretty good care of yourself on the road to pregnancy, so now is definitely not the time to pull off that road. Keep on doing what you’ve been doing to stay happy, healthy and balanced. If you’re so freaked out that you can’t remember what those things were, here is a checklist for staying positive, figuratively and literally, during the first trimester:

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a blog by Beth Heller, MS, Pulling Down the Moon, December 24, 2010

It’s impossible to ignore the growing body of research suggests that a variety of chemicals in our environment are associated with infertility and miscarriage. A short list of the main offenders include PAHs found in cigarette smoke and exhaust fumes, BPA and pthalates found in plastics, and other endocrine-mimicing chemicals present in fertilizers and industrial solvents. Yet, at the recent American Society for Reproductive Medicine conference in Denver, the message from the experts studying the impact of environmental toxins on fertility was one of hope — a focus on the emerging field of epigenetics and a solution that may prove as simple as green leafy vegetables.

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a blog by Bree Johnson, MS, RD, Pulling Down the Moon, November 18, 2010

As we head into the winter chill in the Midwest we know that we won’t be seeing the warm summer months for at least half a year! Something else that also vanishes is the “sunshine vitamin” also known as vitamin D. From early October to April, above the 37th degree latitude, people cannot synthesize vitamin D in their skin because the sun is too far away.

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a blog by Tami Quinn, Pulling Down the Moon, November 5, 2010

You’re getting sleepy, very, very sleepy ...

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a blog by Breea Johnson, MS, RD, Pulling Down the Moon, October 22, 2010