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“When Emily McCourtney arrived for her uterine evaluation at a fertility clinic in Southern California, she was nervous about how it might feel. The ultrasound test, which involved threading a catheter through her cervix and filling her uterus with saline, would help her doctor spot any abnormalities that might affect her chances of becoming pregnant. Half an hour before her appointment, McCourtney met with Elaine Wang, a wellness coach at the clinic, who explained what was going to happen on yoga mats in a back room. They practiced deep breathing exercises to help McCourtney decompress, then Wang followed her into the exam room so they could practice her breathing during the procedure.

“After that, walking away, I felt more relaxed than at any other time at this office,” said McCourtney, 35, who later conceived via in vitro fertilization and is expecting a baby in April.”

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