Cath Minter Clinic babies

Noah's story

Cath Minter - A mother again at 43 years of age


After having 3 children without any problems in my 30s, it was a huge surprise to me wanting another baby at 41, having a miscarriage, and struggling with fertility issues. Then I read the statistics for my age group.

Statistically only 1 in every 20 of my ovulation cycles (once every 2 years) would yield an egg with DNA healthy enough to make it to conception and beyond into developing into a baby, if I was lucky.

Despite being a herbalist of 17 years experience, and having treated hundreds of women for reproductive health issues, I reasoned that given the ugly statistics for my age group, and given I was literally running out of time, I had to try IVF first and consider natural therapies second. I was feeling the panic set in, time was my enemy and, like many other women before me; I felt the overwhelming need to force life into my body, even though it was clearly telling me it was not ready to conceive or carry a baby.

So I sought the help of IVF.

IVF treatment is an important and essential arm of infertility treatments, and the technology and skill of the program is of a very high standard in Denmark. It's also a program that is the only option for a small group of men or women with physical or genetic problems that make natural conception impossible.

I started IVF with the decision to try 3 short treatments. IVF treatment is no walk in the park. It is both physically and emotionally demanding. Treatment involved injecting follicle stimulating hormones into my belly or bum fat every day, to artificially stimulate my ovaries to grow lots and lots of follicles (eggs) to harvest for the IVF procedure, where technicians mix the egg and sperm together, grow it in the lab, and put it back into my womb and cross fingers. The harvesting procedure was painful and I never made lots of eggs, but they were viable and healthy and 5 days after harvesting the eggs, I was back in the IVF clinic having embryos placed in my womb in the hope they would grow into an established pregnancy. But they never did. I was not successful with IVF treatment and didn't want to continue with a treatment that I felt was really tough on my body.

I also began to feel a power struggle with my body, like I was forcing it to fall pregnant, forcing it to grow 20 more eggs a cycle that it is designed to do and I was feeling my life had become overly medicalized where my everyday was about appointments or injections or thoughts on pregnancy. It just didn't add up in my head that this forcing and pushing and power struggle was the way to treat my body and certainly not the way I was wanting to create a beautiful baby.

So I got really brave and decided at 41 it was ok to get off the medical treatment merry-go-round because I wanted to stop with all the stress of trying to conceive. It was an unwanted companion in a life process that should be about joy. But it wasn't, it had turned into a power struggle with my body. I chose to commit to preparation and nourishment. My husband chose it too.

We began a gentle and easy health plan that involved improving our diet, reducing stress, having more fun, and targeting egg quality and sperm health with specific herbals and nutritional supplements. I also started seeing an acupuncturist for specific fertility treatment which were easy and relaxing and I bought a series of relaxation CDs aimed at supporting infertile women.

6 months into our health plan, we conceived naturally and I had an uncomplicated pregnancy and at age 43 gave birth to a perfect healthy boy.

Natural fertility care and preconception care were pivotal in our success with conceiving Noah and I strongly encourage all couples to commit to a preconception care plan before starting IVF or ICSI, or attempting to conceive naturally.


Kersti and Eadie

- An older mum holds her beautiful baby after many miscarriages


Life was great and moving very quickly! I finally met the man I would marry. After a short engagement, we were married and blessedly fell pregnant immediately.

Our joy at the prospect of holding our precious babe was immeasurable, there was no stopping us. Both of us being 32 with a desire for a 'small tribe' of children, we were ready to keep them coming - and they did - 3 children under 3 - but then suddenly, our express ride slowed to a stop. Sadly when trying for our 4th child, we experienced 3 miscarriages. I was worried that my body yrs old at 39 was telling me a message, but we desperately wanted this baby! Many times I was told, by friends and doctors alike, "you have 3 perfect children, you should be happy!" Of course I was happy but I just wasn't ready to say that was it!

I decided to seek advice from a Medical Herbalist, Cath Minter who had treated me and my children for other ailments with great success. Cath Minter lived and worked in a holiday area, 5 hours from my home. I booked a consultation with her.

The consultation was warm and relaxed. Cath's quiet and nurturing manner made me feel like I was visiting an old friend.

Cath prepared a tonic for me and provided me with a very simple, easy to follow health plan. And, after 4 years of waiting, within 11 months, I was holding my 4th baby and drinking in that smell like no other - the smell of a new baby and rubbing my lips over that velvety head.

Cath's quiet, relaxed professionalism has undoubtedly helped us complete our family circle and it is Cath who I turn to to treat myself and my family with continued success.

Kersti's family

"It is amazing to meet such warmth, security and professionalism in Cath. I am so happy to have found someone who treats both body and mind"

Read testimonials
from our patients...

Painted belly

Get in touch

0490 485 903


The Sage Room, The Cunning Culinarian

245 High Street, Maitland 2320


9 Mark Street, Forster 2428