MONICA MAE LEIBSON, DIPL. AC. TEACHES ACUPRESSURE FOR LABOR SUPPORT TO BIRTH DOULAS
Date: Monday May 6, 2013
Time: 7-8:30 PM
Location: Center for the Childbearing Year
Special Guest: Monica Mae Leibson, Dipl. Ac., Birth Doula and Postpartum Doula
Ms. Leibson earned her Masters degree at the Santa Barbara College of Oriental Medicine (SBCOM), and is a NCCAOM Board Certified Acupuncturist. She focuses on integrating Traditional Chinese Medicine with Reproductive Medicine in her infertility practice.
Through acupuncture and education, Ms. Leibson supports a woman’s body during pregnancy so they are less likely to need induction or medical intervention. She also uses acupuncture and acupressure during birth to relieve pain and assist a smooth birth.
The presentation will include an introduction to acupressure points and demonstration of techniques.
Testimonial for Acupressure for Labor Support:
I feel very lucky to have had what I consider to be an ideal home birth experience. I am certain that this is largely because I had the awesome good fortune of having acupressure during labor. My midwives, Monica (my doula), and my husband took turns administering acupressure to me during each contraction for the entire duration of the labor (approximately 9 hours)! During contractions they would apply acupressure and in between contractions we would all take a break. At no point did I experience the pain as being unmanageable. That might sound like an exaggeration, but it was that powerful. Before the birth I had read that acupressure could reduce pain during labor by up to 50% – and I experienced that to be true. I’m so grateful to have known about the option of using acupressure during labor and I want to help spread the word!
-Carey R., Ann Arbor, MI