Clinic of Five Element Acupuncture

Zita WestZita West is Britain’s best-known midwife, having advised stars including Kate Winslet. Her London clinic specialises in fertility and IVF treatment, and books include Zita West’s guide to Fertility and Assisted Conception.

What fired your ambition?

I was a practicing midwife when I experienced post-natal depression. I tried various remedies and found that acupuncture had a profound effect on me. Realising it could help other women, I set up an antenatal clinic. I did a diploma in nutrition and a counselling course so I could offer a holistic package at the clinic.

What's been a career high?

Given the nature of my work, it can be very rewarding when we have success stories. On the other hand, it can be equally heartbreaking.

What's the best careers advice that you've been given?

It's important to have a rapport with clients, but you need to be able to detach after a day's work.

What makes a good mentor?

Someone who has had to work hard for their achievements. I was from a working class background, it took a strong vision and fire in my belly to get me to where I am today.

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Acupuncturist Jackie Fairweather

Jackie Fairweather is a member of The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) and abides by the BAcC’s codes of ethics and safe practice. These cover strict requirements with regard to hygiene and the disposal of needles and other equipment. Only disposable single­use sterile needles are used.

All members of the BAcC are covered by a Medical Malpractice and Public Liability insurance.