I’ve been hearing so many stories from both patients and other practitioner in the birth world about how stressful it is to be nearing the end of pregnancy during the COVID-19 outbreak. Under normal circumstances acupuncture can play a game changing role in relieving stress, pain, and encouraging the cervix to begin to ripen in preparation for labor. I felt moved to record this video to empower women with some techniques that they can use at home to encourage this process.
I am happy to announce that I will continue to offer telephone consultations during the shelter in place period and beyond. In addition to acupuncture I offer functional nutrition and herbal medicine consultations. It’s something that I have started doing over the past year for busy clients who can’t make it into the office. However many of my patients may not know this since they also see me for acupuncture.
Please read more to find out about some of the services I offer.
For most people acupuncture will probably not send you into labor with one treatment the minute you think you are ‘ready’ to have your baby. If this does happen it is likely that your body was getting ready for labor on its own and acupuncture helped to move things along. However, with multiple treatments acupuncture is a beautiful tool to support cervical ripening and encourage a labor that is more coordinated and efficient. For this reason I prefer using the terms ‘Labor Preparation Treatment’ or ‘Pre birth Acupuncture’ for treatments that begin around 36 weeks in pregnancy.
Mother’s Day can be a difficult time for those of us that are not yet mothers but want to be. 1 in 8 couples will have difficult conceiving. 15-25% of women have lost babies to miscarriage. Here is some advice for how to handle Mother’s Day:
I recently had the chance to tour the Pumpspotting Breast Express that came to Blossom Birth on tour. Pumpspotting is a community based app whose mission is to give breast feeding women a platform to find support for breast feeding and pumping. Not every woman is able to breast feed but it is great that women are able get more support from an online community. Read more to find out how acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can also support your baby feeding efforts!
When we think about making a baby we often think about the sperm and the egg as being the key ingredients. Once the sperm and the egg have merged to become an embryo it must implant in the uterine lining (endometrium). In Western Medicine we know that a complex series of events needs to align to create the perfect conditions for this to happen. Read more here about how acupuncture can help support the uterine lining…
Nutritional changes can make a huge difference on the hormones that affect developing eggs! Did you know that the budding eggs in your ovaries can be negatively influenced by excessive insulin that is more likely to be released after some foods than other foods? Here is how you can help those eggs!
A 2004 randomized study published in the British Medical Journal found that over a 12 month period participants who received acupuncture had less headaches, missed less work and had an overall better quality of life.
Lower back pain doesn’t need to be part of pregnancy. Acupuncture can help relieve this pain. An observational study on acupuncture treatment on pregnancy women with lumbopelvic pain (this includes lower back and hip pain) reported that 89% of women in the study reported a pain decrease after just 3 treatments.