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…]
Four weeks before I went into labor (with my second), I visited Monica weekly for acupuncture. My experience of receiving acupuncture in the third trimester of my pregnancy was relaxing, supportive, nourishing and beneficial. For the first time my cervix was finally ripened! It was even starting to open. My first delivery was almost 24 hours and after receiving acupuncture, my second delivery was less than 6 hours. I thank Monica for her wonderful treatments which I believe helped my body to prepare for the birth. Through the use of gentle acupuncture needling and massage, Monica helped me to fully relax and allow my growing body to soften and release tensions. My healthy baby and I are grateful for the care that we received.
– Deirdre S.
Benefits of Pre-Birth Acupuncture (weekly starting at week 36):
Shortens labor: Research has demonstrated that the mean duration of labor in a group of women giving birth for the first time was reduced from 8 hours & 2 minutes in the control group (70 women) to 6 hours and 36 minutes in the group of women (70) who had received pre-birth acupuncture. [Read more…]
In modern day society, people have come to accept various health problems as “normal” occurrences of life. However many of these disorders, or imbalances, are not “normal” from a traditional Chinese medical standpoint. Specifically, we commonly see hot flashes and night sweats to be accepted as a rite of passage into menopause. There is, however, another way! [Read more…]
|FERTILITY, INFERTILITY, PREGNANCY, OVULATION – Micronutrients, Vitamins, Minerals|
|Reference:||“Prospective randomized trial of multiple micronutrients in subfertile women undergoing ovulation induction: a pilot study,” Agrawal R, Burt E, et al, Reprod Biomed Online, 2011 Oct 14; [Epub ahead of print]. (Address: University College London and The Royal Free Hospital Medical School United Kingdom).|
|Summary:||In a prospective, randomized, controlled trial involving 56 subfertile women who were undergoing ovulation induction using standard treatment regimens (including clomephene citrate/gonadotrophins), adjuvant treatment with multiple micronutrient supplementation was found to be associated with significantly higher cumulative clinical pregnancy rate (66.7%) compared with those on folic acid (39.3%) alone. Women who received multiple micronutrients were found to require fewer attempts to achieve pregnancy, as compared to women on folic acid alone. The authors conclude, “The implications of the study are potentially far reaching as they suggest MMN supplementation in women undergoing ovulation induction improve pregnancy rates. Larger studies are now required to confirm these preliminary findings.”|
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.
Come join Julie Shindler-Cohen at Karma Yoga to learn about Women’s health and Chinese medicine. Julie will discuss general Chinese medical theory and will explore women’s health and prevention in more detail. Attendees will gain a greater understanding of how Chinese medicine treats the body’s natural energetic balance as a means of preventing and treating an array of symptoms that arise throughout a woman’s lifecycle.
DATE: Tuesday November 22
PLACE: Karma Yoga 3683 W. Maple Road (At Lahser Road)
COST: $20 at the door/$75 for the series
Julie will be offering one course in a series entitled “Soma & Agni”, which offers information about women’s self care and lunar cycles from an Ayurvedic perspective. The course will be each Tuesday in the month of November from 2-3:15 at Karma Yoga. Please look at the Karma’s website for more details about the seminar!
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.
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.
To find out more, go to http://visitindigo.com
For women going through IVF, it’s a very emotional time. And it seems sometimes easier for the human psyche to worry about the negative rather than create a positive future. Now if having a baby were as easy as “creating a positive future,” we wouldn’t need IVF! This practice is simply used to focus the mind, rather than letting anxiety and fear get the best of us.
Step 1. Release the past.
If our mind is cluttered with memories of yesterday or anxiety regarding tomorrow, we cannot truly create from a blank slate.
Breathing in, I allow myself to come into this present moment.
I choose to consciously release the past at this moment. I internally declare that the past has no power over me and I release and let go. (Deep sigh of relief).
Step 2. Create an intention
With an intention, you begin by stating your desire. Be sure to use juicy adjectives like loving, nurturing, and fully self-expressed. You want your intention to feel like it really resonates with why you desire to have a child.
The flow of the intention can go something like this…
- I would love the opportunity to be a loving mother to a healthy child.
- My intention at this time is be a nurturing mother in a beautiful family with a child.
- Who I am is the possibility of peace, love, and joy.
- I am a stand for loving families on our planet.
Step 3. Release and let go.
Oftentimes this is the hardest part. But just practice it and see how your heart opens. You can speak your intention with love and gracefully follow it with a releasing meditation.
“I have shared my intention with the universe and know that it has been received. With that knowing, I release and let go. I release the attachment of my intention and choose to stay focused on who I am being, rather than what I am asking for.”
“I choose to have faith in this life. I know it is not always easy but regardless of the outcome, I choose to have faith in my journey.”
Step 4. Rinse and repeat
I recommend writing down the intention you’ve created and include the releasing meditation. You can carry it around with you in your wallet. You could put it on the mirror in your bathroom. The honest truth is that you might need to say it a lot in each day. Worry and anxiety can be so familiar to our brains that it becomes our automatic thought process. This will truly be a lesson in consciously creating your thoughts. Enjoy!
As many women know, menstrual cramps can be quite painful and disruptive to daily life. The constant aching and pain that may last up 7 days can really take a toll on a woman’s quality of life. Of course, there are plenty of medications on the market that can ease the pain but do not treat the root of the problem. From a traditional Chinese medical standpoint, menstrual cramps are the result of energy (qi) and blood not able to flow freely. (We call this qi and blood stagnation) There are many different ways to help promote movement during this time of the menstrual cycle that really help with painful periods. [Read more…]