Mamas have unique health challenges, and acupuncture and herbal medicine offer a variety of treatment options geared to their needs. Living in Portland with my husband and two children, I am passionate about offering high-quality health care and real approachable support for women during both the prenatal and postnatal timeframes. The therapies recommended fall within strict safety standards, for mother and baby, whether mom is pregnant, nursing, or beyond.
Acupuncture is not only safe during pregnancy, but can actually treat and prevent many pregnancy-related health issues. I am glad to work with your OB-Gyn or midwife to ensure your comfort and address any concerns. Herbal medicine is carefully administered only if necessary, and more commonly it is dietary therapy that is recommended instead. Each treatment is tailored to your needs at each session, and I will never recommend any therapy that I would not use during my own pregnancy.
The following is a list of issues that I commonly treat in my downtown Portland clinic:
- Morning Sickness
- Early Threatened Miscarriage
- Carpal Tunnel
- Hip and Back Pain
Getting regular acupuncture during pregnancy can also help prevent or treat possible complications such as:
- Gestational Diabetes
- Placenta Previa
- Pre-Term Labor
- Stalled Labor
- Breech Presentation
- A Safe Environment
Even the healthiest pregnancy stresses a woman’s body, and often that stress is not only physical, but also mental and emotional. The imbalances created in pregnancy can be carried in the body long after baby joins the world, and can be compounded by other factors such as nursing, returning to work, sleeplessness, and changes in the family dynamic. I honor all of these issues as a part of the beautiful tapestry of motherhood, and you are encouraged to talk about all issues, concerns, and fears you are facing.
Getting regular pre-natal acupuncture can help not only with physical and emotional maladies such as heartburn, hip pain, and anxiety, but can also help ease labor, and ease the transition into the post-natal time.
The postpartum time frame, generally thought of as the first 6-weeks or 40 days after giving birth, is a time of great healing for your body. It is also one of the most challenging times of life, as you learn to juggle your new role, or to juggle multiple children, all while you are likely exhausted.
Healthy children need a healthy mama. This is a crucial time for you to focus on healing, and acupuncture provides a safe avenue of care for healing and nursing mothers. Together we will discuss a postpartum healing plan that will make sure you have all the support you need at the ready. Traditional Chinese Medicine is useful for so many post-natal issues including
- insufficient lactation
- joint pain
- cesarian recovery/scar therapy
- night sweats
I also offer specialized treatment for mothers of newborns who do not want to be away from their little bundles, or who do not have childcare for them. You are welcome to bring baby, and to hold and/or nurse baby during sessions. Contact me to find out about specialized options.