Eben Alexander’s memoir, Proof of Heaven, details his experience while in a coma for 8 days. The interesting twist of his memoir is that he was a neurosurgeon who completely dismissed his patients’ accounts of consciousness and existence beyond the physical world because the concept did not fit within the scientific understanding of brain function and reasoning. And yet, when he contracted bacterial meningitis (a very, very RARE occurrence) and his brain was completely shut down, he experienced an afterlife that supported the experiences of all his patients’ accounts that he had dismissed for years. The revelation that came out of Dr. Alexander’s experience was that human beings are much, much more than science recognizes. Moreover, our minds are not just the mechanical workings of our brain function! Instead, there is an energy/spirit in all people which means that our behavior and life choices include much more spirituality than most of us understand. [Read more…]
As acupuncturists, we sit with our clients and talk with them about their emotions. Emotions are an important part of the intake process for Traditional Chinese Medicine. Emotions affect our physical health and physical health affects our emotional well-being.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine – most organ systems have an emotion associated with them. When someone is angry or irritable, we think of the Liver and how to work to balance the flow of Liver Qi. Fear is associated with the Kidneys, Grief, the Lungs, Heart – joy, and the emotion associated with the Spleen is worry. Since we so often experience many emotions, one can speculate the effect the emotions have on our health.
I want to make a pitch for making friends with our emotions. So often, we try to push our feelings away. This may be done through drugs and alcohol, food and other addictions, exercise or medications. An informal industry has been developed in order to support us in NOT FEELING. What this ultimately does is add an additional layer to our pain and suffering. We still feel the emotions we don’t want to feel and we self medicate ourselves to get away from the feelings we still feel! Doesn’t make sense! [Read more…]
In today’s world, we only think about getting medical attention once a problem has arisen. People don’t think of getting treatment for ourselves beyond our yearly physical. However as society is becoming more health-conscious, we are beginning to realize there are several ways to take care of ourselves before illness arises. Of course, there are several different approaches to do this but let’s explore the benefits of acupuncture and Chinese medicine. [Read more…]
In practicing traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), there is a wide variety of methods to create a diagnosis. Perhaps the most obvious to our patients is asking questions. Many patients find that when they come in for their first acupuncture treatment, we (the acupuncturist) ask many questions pertaining to the “chief complaint” as well as other aspects of well-being. For the acupuncturist, the answers to the questions give us our first clues as to which energetic channels are out of balance and where the pathology is located. Next, palpating (feeling) the pulse and observing the tongue are more objective methods in supporting (or not) our preliminary diagnosis. [Read more…]
When I first heard about Dr. Claudia Welch’s Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life, Ihappy to read a book that marries the practices of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and Ayurveda. The book was an excellent source of knowledge for the newcomer to any form of Eastern medicine, TCM or Ayurveda. Dr. Welch begins by explaining the most important concept of yin and yang, which is the foundational principal of TCM. With this basic knowledge, the rest of the book uses the principals of yin and yang to describe hormonal balance (and imbalances) within the body. She then continues going through specific hormonal problems that affect women throughout their lifetime, such as osteoporosis and heart disease. [Read more…]
On Wednesday January 11th, 2011
Meet the Doulas from 6 to 7 pm. Come meet many of the doulas serving the Metro Detroit area as well as our own Monica Mae Leibson, Dipl. Ac.
Meet the Midwives from 7 to 8 pm. Come and learn more about the midwives at the ABC. The focus of the gathering is to talk about their practice and answer questions about the care they provide both in the office and in the hospital. Feel free to bring family members or others interested in learning more about our midwives. A Tour of the ABC and Labor & Delivery is offered afterward. Held in the Fisher Center Auditorium located inside Providence Hospital in Southfield.
Acupuncture during Childbirth
The birth of a child is an opportunity for a unique & transformative experience.
Ways a Birth Doula can assist families
- Support in preparing a birth plan & be an advocate during birth
- Providing emotional support and reassurance
- Supporting partner by role modeling and encouragement
- Explaining medical procedures
- Pain relief techniques such as massage, positioning, breathing, relaxation
- Acupuncture during birth (see benefits below)
Benefits of a Continuous Doula (compiled by Penny Simkin)
A 2003 study describing the experiences of nearly 13,000 women has found that women who receive supportive care from a companion (non-hospital and non-partner) throughout labor are more likely than women without such care to avoid cesarean birth & other major medical interventions, and to be satisfied with their birth experience. These women were:
- 28% less likely to use any analgesia or anesthesia
- 41% less likely to give birth with vacuum extraction or forceps
- 26% less likely to give birth by cesarean
- 33% less likely to be dissatisfied with or negatively rate their birth experience
Acupuncture can help during labor in the following ways:
- Induce labor naturally and ease progression of labor
- Relax and open the pelvis
- Ripens/dilates the cervix
- Releases endorphins, encourages relaxation, manage labor pain
- Promotes effective uterine contractions if labor is not progressing optimally
- Turns breech/posterior babies
- Relieves a cervical lip
- Sustain a mothers energy
- Lowers high blood pressure
- Reduce the need for medical interventions
- Reduces postpartum hemorrhage
Acupuncture during pregnancy
Research has shown that acupuncture is effective at reducing pelvic pain during pregnancy, reducing morning sickness, and effectively turning a breech baby. The “pre-birth protocol” (once weekly starting at week 36) has been shown to decrease medical intervention. In women who received pre-birth acupuncture there was:
- An overall 35% reduction in the number of inductions (for women having their 1st baby there was a 43% reduction)
- A 31% reduction in the epidural rate
- 32% reduction in cesarean delivery
- 9% increase in vaginal births
The Alternative Birthing Center
The philosophy of the Alternative Birth Care Unit (ABC) is to provide a natural birth experience – one that does not routinely require medical intervention – and one that respects your privacy while encouraging family involvement.
Our comfortable, home-like atmosphere offers privacy and intimacy in a medically supported environment. Our professional staff is committed to the philosophy that birth is a healthy, normal event that does not require medical intervention except in specific, problem circumstances.
At the ABC Unit you will enjoy:
- Over thirty years experience in providing a homelike natural childbirth experience
- Doulas welcome and unlimited family visitation
- Freedom to eat and drink in labor
- Natural care practices; aroma therapy, massage oil, herbal baths and locally produced baby wash
- Respect for your cultural and religious preferences
- Low intervention and c-section rates
Every Birthing Center room is equipped with:
- Queen size bed
- Hydrotherapy tub
- Walk-in Shower
- Birthing chair
- Comfortable recliner chair
- Refrigerator and many more amenities
As part of our continuing service of care, a member of the Providence ABC Unit team will follow up with you by phone after you return home.
Join us on Tuesday November 1st
16001 W. Nine Mile Road at Greenfield
Please join us for a free and informative birthing fair! Designed for new parents and expecting couples. Many great people will be present to meet and speak with.
A great opportunity to meet with our resident pregnancy specialist, Monica Mae Leibson (acupuncturist, birth doula, post partum doula).
A great opportunity to connect with midwives, chiropractors, acupuncturists, pregnancy massage therapists, birth & postpartum doulas, childbirth educators, prenatal yoga instructors, prenatal aqua-aerobics instructors, breastfeeding specialists, hypnotherapists, & photographers.
Speak with specialists about cloth diapers, diaper service, baby wrapping, child safety service, car seats, thermography, herbal baths, homeopathy, photographers. Meet a local author of her recent book “Natural Hospital Birth.”
There is free parking behind the Medical Office Building. From 9 Mile take Providence Dr. south to next light. Turn left. Go into parking lot. Enter MOB’s front doors. Walk through MOB, up a ramp, to the Fisher Center Info Desk. Auditorium is on your left. Feel free to tell your pregnant clients and friends about the event. The resources are from varying areas: Novi, Farmington, Royal Oak, Ann Arbor, West Bloomfield, Warren, Ferndale, Detroit, Northville, Southfield, Beverly Hills, and more.
Acupuncture is one of the best forms of preventative medicine available today. The goal of acupuncture is to maintain balance within the energy channels so that disease will not present itself. Maintaining balance ensures that there is not too much (an excess) of energy in one channel and a lack of (deficiency) of energy in another channel. Chinese herbs are also used for this purpose; to clear out any excess, support any deficiency or treat any resulting pathologies. From an emotional perspective, I have found that when people become stressed or emotionally vulnerable, any preexisting deficiency becomes a more serious problem. For example, the person who has a long history of digestive disorders gets severe digestive problems when they experience a loss in their life. Or a person who has a long history of allergies and frequent colds get a long standing cough that will not go away when life becomes stressful. [Read more…]
I was fortunate enough to attend a luncheon for The Pink Fund on Saturday and walked away feeling blessed and inspired. The Pink Fund is a michigan based charity organization that provides short-term financial aid during the brief period of active treatment and recovery. The help that the Pink Fund offers people during a time of crisis is desperately needed and I applaud them for taking a stand for people’s lives.
Kris Carr was chosen to be their speaker because of her journey and her courage. She was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer that was considered untreatable. They couldn’t do chemotherapy or operate. So, she decided to research other cultures to see what they ate and how they exercised to promote longevity. What I loved about her was her honesty and vulnerability. She told us that before her cancer diagnosis she would eat very unhealthy food, including spam. “Spam, people!” she screamed to us to remind us how disgusting it was! For her to be considered a health guru now shows she certainly has come a long way.
I was also really inspired by her attitude regarding diet and lifestyle. She said that we should strive for perfection but never be a slave to it. When it comes to diet, exercise, and meditation, we would all love to make goals and stick to them. But oftentimes we are too busy with the many demands of our lives. She reminded us that we should always aim to meet our goals but shouldn’t beat ourselves up if we don’t. I really liked this because in my healthcare practice I’ve seen how easy it is for people to engage in negative self talk if they don’t live up to their own standards. And really, how does this serve us? It truly doesn’t. Guilt does nothing to move us forward in our spiritual journey. Rather, as spiritual beings, we can do our best to take care of ourselves and know that our best is always good enough.
Please take a moment to pay it forward and donate to this amazing Michigan charity.
Be inspired at
Mothers & Mothers-to-be gather to laugh, talk, & cry on our journey through motherhood. In this safe place, we discuss topics of interest, create long-lasting friendships & build community; your children are welcome as you care for them while you attend. Taught by Jahmanna Selassie. Free (occasional speaker/material fees).
Thurs Sep 29th ~ Open, Share, Review, Reflect
Thurs Oct 6th ~ Birth Talk: Mama to Mama – to – be
Thurs Oct 13th ~ The work of Mama Juggling
Thurs Oct 20th ~ Babys First Food after Milk
Thurs Oct 27th ~ Open, Share, Review, Reflect
Jahmanna Selassie is a birth & post partum doula, massage therapist, aspiring midwife, mother of 6, and has a special interest in the uniquely revitalizing qualities of ayurvedic postpartum care.
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