Being a pregnant woman in the Boulder area is a good thing these days – you have many choices and options for your prenatal care, birth preparation, birth location, and postpartum support. If only all women were so lucky! With this good fortune, however, comes the burden of having to make decisions, important decisions, in all of those areas. It can be overwhelming to sift through so much information, all the while, hearing advice and getting input from friends, relatives, and folks in line at the grocery store. Of course, you want to make the best choices – the ones that will best serve you, your partner, and the baby. But how are you to know?
Coming from my experience as a mother of three (ranging in age from 6-14), as a doula and a mentor for hundreds of expectant couples in my Birthing From Within classes over the past decade… I suggest you start with this question (and really take some time to feel into it…) “What is it that I need to know in order to give birth to this baby?” That might sound obvious, but so often, newly pregnant women, especially those expecting their first child, get swamped with input about what OTHERS think she NEEDS to know in order to give birth to her baby. It can get muddied and difficult to separate out what she thinks she should do, or learn, or believe from what she instinctively or intuitively is seeking.
So, what is it that YOU need to know? For many newly pregnant women, the immediate thoughts that arise might be along the lines of “what do I need to do in order to have a ‘natural birth,’” or a “pain-free birth”, or “an intervention-free birth”. But the truth is, there is no magic answer to those questions, and it’s not something that one class or another could ever guarantee. Birth is unpredictable, and, even with the best laid plans and intentions, each birth unfolds in its own, unique way – with twists and turns, ups and down, and round abouts. Just ask Pam England, the author of Birthing From Within – she was a homebirth midwife, who “ate tofu and did yoga”, and planned to give birth in a tipi. In the end, she gave birth to her first child by cesarean. So, birth preparation is not about learning how to avoid a certain kind of birth or certain interventions, but truly, it is about asking: “What do I need to know and do so that I may be present for myself and for the birth of my child as it unfolds in its unique perfection and glory?”
Birthing From Within classes are unique in that they address what we call “The Three Types of Knowing”: Primordial, Modern, and Knowing Thyself. The first kind of knowing is primordial knowing: the innate maternal instinct. Women have this knowing in their bones! And they are in this knowing when they are not in their thinking mind. However, social conditioning has taught us not to trust or act on our gut knowing–until we have “thought it through,” researched it, second guessed it, or checked with others about what they think or would do. One task for newly pregnant women is to first learn to feel their gut instinct and to distinguish this feeling from fleeting fear (or the contagious fear of others). Another task for newly pregnant women is to awaken the fierce protective mother within and learn to boldly act on their gut instinct. Instead of trying to “get it right” (which is impossible!), mothers need to learn (or remember) to act from a place of love, doing what needs to be done in the moment, without attachment to outcome.
The second kind of knowing is modern knowing: which includes learning the nuts and bolts of labor, birth and postpartum. Modern knowing includes holistic preparation for all kinds of possibilities, including inductions and cesarean births. It also means preparing for how to navigate the postpartum journey. This kind of knowing helps parents make informed and empowered decisions as they arise along the way.
The third kind of knowing, knowing thyself, is the most important. Pregnant mothers need to take time during pregnancy to deeply dive into this kind of knowing as they prepare for birth as a rite of passage. Knowing thyself is a priority in my birth classes. Before a woman can know where she is going in birth and beyond, she needs to know from where she came and where she stands now. It is helpful for expectant parents to become aware of what is motivating them to learn more; to choose or to avoid certain things; to act or to freeze, so that they can shift old patterns that don’t serve them anymore and instead move from a place of inner knowing and guidance.
In a nutshell, my Birthing From Within classes are interactive and dynamic, and offer a safe and nurturing environment for pregnant mamas and their partners to explore the these three kinds of knowing and for their unique birth journey. In the class we explore the nuts and bolts about labor, birth and postpartum, learn pain-coping practices, prepare mentally and emotionally for birth using Birthing from Within processes, discover how to deepen relationships with birth partners, envision a space that will help you open in labor, and create community with other parents through lively discussion and sharing. Birthing From Within is an accessible birth preparation philosophy that meets the needs of a wide variety of parents – not just the ones for whom self-exploration comes naturally, or the ones preparing for a natural birth, or the ones with lots of complicated issues to work out… but all parents who are on this journey. So, what is that YOU need to know in order to give birth to this baby?
Erika Primozich, As Colorado’s first Certified Birthing From Within Mentor, I have taught BFW classes for over ten years, and I am also an Advisor for new BFW Mentors . As a mother of three children, I believe strongly in each woman’s innate ability to give birth and I enjoy guiding parents on their journey. I feel the power of birth and believe in the magic and miracle of it. I also have witnessed the incredible unpredictability in the way each birth manifests. Because of this, one of the main goals of my classes is to prepare parents not for the “perfect” birth, but instead, to be present for their particular birth experience as it emerges and unfolds in its own uniqueness and beauty (whatever that may look like!), one moment at a time.
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Classes currently being offered at the BBCC taught by Erika Primozich:
Emerging Mothers: Early Pregnancy; A monthly gathering for newly pregnant mamas to learn, share and grow together. This class may be taken on its own, or as a part of the “Birthing From Within Bellies to Babies Circle” (which also includes the Birthing From Within birth preparation class and Mother’s Rising, a post-partum group); 1 2hr.class per month for three months.
Birthing From Within: Birth Preparation; The goal is to prepare parents to be mindfully present as their child’s birth unfolds, rather than holding on to ideas about how it should look/feel/progress etc… The class covers the nuts and bolts about labor, birth and postpartum; pain-coping practices, as well as deeper, holistic processes to expand parent’s emotional preparation and their relationships with birth partners. 7 week sessions
Birthing From Within: Birthing Again! ; A three-session class designed for parents experienced in birth who want to: reflect on and learn from their previous birth(s), dust off old pain-coping techniques that worked and learn new ones, prepare siblings for birth and the new baby, take time to enjoy this pregnancy and connect with this baby. 3 week sessions.
At $300 or Less Why Not Use a Doula?
Women have unique needs before, during & following childbirth. A doula’s support is in addition to their medical care and the love & companionship of their partners.
Numerouse clinical studies (http://www.dona.org/mothers/why_use_a_doula.php) have found that a doula’s presence at birth tends to result in:
- Shorter labors with fewer complications & greater confidence
- Reduced request for pain medication
- Reduced need for medical interventions
- Greater success with nursing and adjusting to new family
- Decreased postpartum depression
- Prenatal visits (discuss birth preferences, explore questions, practice what you’re learning)
- Information and education
- Non-medical physical comfort (massage, positioning, breathing, aromatherapy, hydration, and more)
- Presence & support tools for birthing mother & birth partner
- Consistent, continuous reassurance, emotional support & encouragement
- Respect for all types of families, birthing experiences preferences & circumstances (single, multiples, natural, medication, epidural, vaginal, VBAC, Cesarean)
- Documentation of your birth (depending on what you decide: birth story, timeline, photographs)
- Support during early bonding after your birth (including breastfeeding & infant care)
- Post-Natal visits (nursing, infant care, self-care, processing the birth story, resources, tips)
You Deserve and CAN Afford a Doula!
Instead of paying the ‘going rate’ for a doula in Boulder ($500-$1500), you can interview and hire a trained, certifying area doula at a discounted rate (free-$300). Trained doulas are required to complete 3-6 births before their certification is complete. These woman are educated and independent birth professionals, trained by nationally recognized doula training organizations (DONA, CAPPA, ToLabor).
Interested? Questions? Email your name and due date to AffordableDoulas@gmail.com.
Sponsored by BoulderBirthCollective.org
Checkout this article in the Boulder Daily Camera featuring the Boxing Workout Class For Moms at the Family Garden non-profit, resource center in Longmont.
This post is written by Erica Moss, the community manager for the online Masters in Nursing degree program at Georgetown University, offering one of the nation’s leading nurse midwife programs. She’s also passionate about photography and meeting new people.
Midwifery is an often misunderstood profession that encompasses far more than assisting with childbirth. The history of the midwife stretches back through centuries and has involved periods of rapid change as well as controversy.
The role of the midwife in society has often been recognized as vital, and midwives even received priority passage to the colony of Massachusetts. At other times, midwives have been marginalized or persecuted because of their role in providing reproductive health care for women and/or because they have approached women’s health care differently than other facets of the medical establishment. Today’s midwives are certified health professionals who provide comprehensive care for women.
Midwifery is a professional designation in the United States and requires certification from the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME). All midwives must complete an educational program and pass the same national certification exam. However, two classifications of midwife exist: Certified Nurse-Midwives are registered nurses who have also earned midwifery certification, which allows them to practice as midwives in all 50 states; Certified Midwives come from many different educational and professional backgrounds related to health care, and must pass the same certification exam as CNMS. Certified midwives can currently practice only in New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Delaware and Missouri.
The Midwife’s Role in Childbirth
Midwives are most widely known for their role in supporting and caring for women during pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period, as well as caring for infants during the first 28 days of life. Midwives differ from obstetricians in their non-interventionist approach to
childbirth, which primarily consists of waiting, observing, supporting and coaching women through the process. Midwives receive training in handling many complications that may occur during pregnancy and labor in a non-invasive manner. A midwife may also consult with or provide care in tandem with an obstetrician, depending on circumstance, the patient’s wishes and medical factors.
The Midwife’s Roles Beyond Child Birth
Though the popular imagination tends to depict midwives as appearing at a woman’s side only during the final moments of pregnancy, midwives often provide general care for women from adolescence through advanced age. Midwives perform physical examinations, prescribe medications and provide gynecological care, as well as act in educational and therapeutic roles. Philosophically, midwives tend to approach health care from a woman-centered perspective, emphasizing female empowerment and human rights, as well as prioritizing the construction of a healing and communicative patient-caregiver relationship. Midwives may also treat men for sexually-transmitted infections.
More than 5,000 Certified Nurse-Midwives currently practice in the United States. Though the profession has evolved considerably since the days when midwives practiced folk medicine and were sometimes hunted as witches, what has remained constant is the principle of a healing human presence in the lives of women. In a medical establishment, which is increasingly technological and bureaucratic, as well as historically male-dominated, midwives play a vital role in ensuring that women have access to comprehensive, non-invasive general and reproductive health care. The medical education that midwives receive and the rigorous standards of certification they must maintain both support this profound perspective on women’s health.
Save the date! Boulder’s own Brigitte Mars is coming to the BBCC (Boulder Birth Community Classroom) for a book signing and herbal talk.
Herbs for Pregnancy, Birthing, Nursing and Infants
Learn the properties of a few great plants that can be used safely and effectively for conditions such as morning sickness, anemia, threatened miscarriage, labor, expelling the placenta, recovery from childbirth, colic, teething and increasing milk supply. Learn how they work and the best methods for their administration.
When: March 19th, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Cost: 10.00/ per person
Register: please email: email@example.com for registration or call 720-352-5316
Where? 4800 Riverbend Road Suite 100, Boulder CO 80301
Reminder: go to boulderbirth.com for classroom schedule
Brigitte Mars is an herbalist from Boulder, Colorado, with over 35 years’ experience in natural medicine. She lived for two and a half years on solely wild edible plants while living in a teepee in the Ozarks in the early seventies. She is the author of Addiction Free Naturally, Sex, Love and Health, The HempNut Cookbook, Rawsome!, and Healing Herbal Teas.
Brigitte teaches at Naropa University, Esalen Institute,Kripalu, and many other locations. She has a nutritional and herbal private practice, works as a practitoner for Pharmaca and has a local weekly radio show called Naturally. She is the mother of Sunflower Sparkle Mars, with whom she leads Herb Camp for Kids, as well as Sunflower’s sister, Rainbeau Harmony Mars. Rainbeau is an actress, model and yogini, living in Santa Monica (www.rainbeaumars.com).
Brigitte has been happily married for thirty years to human design analyst, Tom Pfeiffer with whom she teaches raw food workshops.
By Kiersten Konikowski, RN, MSN, HCHI
Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis is a complete childbirth education program that eliminates the fear of giving birth, and instills confidence in its mothers and their birth partners. The Hypnobabies program teaches expectant women how to naturally reduce or eliminate any pregnancy discomforts, and how to give birth comfortably while remaining awake, mobile and in control using eyes-open childbirth hypnosis techniques.
Hypnobabies is a revolutionary method of preparing for natural birth based on master hypnotist, Gerald Kein’s highly effective “Painless Childbirth” program. Mothers learn easy self-hypnosis techniques to automatically produce a natural anesthesia throughout their bodies, using only the power of their own minds. These are the same medical hypnosis techniques that some dentists and doctors use to create natural anesthesia for pain-free dental work and surgeries, for their patients who cannot tolerate drugs!
What Options Do Hypnobabies Mothers Have to Prepare for That Joyful Day?
Hypnobabies mothers, fondly referred to as Hypno-moms, may choose to attend classes taught by a certified Hypnobabies Instructor, or may opt to do the Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis Home Study Course on their own. The Hypnobabies class consists of one 3-hour class per week that meets for 6 weeks. The classroom experience gives couples the wonderful opportunity to meet other moms that are expecting around the same time and to create a community where birthing naturally is valued. Birth partners attend classes with Hypno-moms so that they can become involved with the pregnancy and in the preparations for childbirth.
How Does Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis Work?
Hypnosis is not being asleep or under anyone else’s spell or control, as many would mistakenly believe, rather it is a state of hyper-awareness and focus. Hypnobabies childbirth hypnosis is “eyes-open” or waking hypnosis. Moms learn to enter deeply into relaxation and hypnosis, and create hypnotic anesthesia, with the “drop of her finger”, literally. She then learns to “center” and strengthen that anesthesia in the middle, birthing part of her body. Then with practice, mom is able to open her eyes, and walk and talk and change positions as her baby’s birth process dictates, all while remaining completely comfortable, and still deeply in hypnosis.
It is very easy, and actually quite pleasant to practice the Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis method. Mom simply listens and follows suggestions during a deeply relaxing thirty-minute script on CD, or while listening to the scripts that her birth partner reads to her. She alternates one or the other each day until baby comes. Mom also practices entering deeply into “eyes-open childbirth hypnosis”, and creates a natural anesthesia and profound relaxation with the “drop of her finger” 5 times each day for just 30-60 seconds at a time. Hypnobabies mothers still experience all the powerful, guiding sensations of childbirth, but they experience them as “pressure” sensations and not “discomfort” because they are actively producing a powerful natural hypno-anesthesia throughout their bodies during their babies’ births.
Can Hypnobabies Be Used Effectively by Single Mothers?
Single mothers or those whose partners will not be participating in the birth process can also, very successfully, use the Hypnobabies program. All of the hypno-anesthesia techniques can be easily learned, practiced and used alone, or with a birth partner. The birth partner can be the father, partner, doula, friend or a family member. A birth partner is not necessary to learning or practicing the program, but is a welcome participant if the mother chooses.
Along with all of the hypnosis techniques couples will learn to use, they will also learn everything they need to know about having a healthy pregnancy, the physiology of birth, newborn care, and the postpartum period. The Hypnobabies program covers topics such as:
- Creating Positive Expectations of Childbirth
- Staying Healthy & Low Risk – nutrition and exercise for pregnancy & birth
- Your Choices/Planning for Your Beautiful Birth – information about the risks and benefits of common procedures, and other consumer issues
- Your Birthing Time Begins, Late First Stage & Birth – explains the entire birthing process
- In-Depth Birth Rehearsal – practice as if this was baby’s birth day, also postpartum recovery, new baby care & breastfeeding information
Helping Mothers Make Informed Choices in Childbirth
I discovered the Hypnobabies program when I was pregnant with my second child. I had previously given birth in a very medical-focused labor and delivery unit via an induction and an epidural. With this second pregnancy I wanted a different experience for my baby and myself. The result was a very fast birth using Hypnobabies that was intervention free and completely comfortable with only some manageable discomfort at the very end. I was so impressed that I became a certified Hypnobabies instructor so that I could teach other expecting moms how to have a comfortable and easy birth.
Kiersten Konikowski has been a labor and delivery nurse since 2002. She currently practices at Boulder Community Foothills Hospital and teaches Hypnobabies classes at the Boulder Birth Community Classroom. You can find out more information about Hypnobabies and Kiersten’s upcoming classes by going to http://www.coloradobeautifulbirth.com or by calling 720-440-BABY.
Is “cake” the first thing you think of when you hear the word placenta? Me neither. Cake is the Latin word for placenta, but envisioning a forkful of placenta cake after the birth of my little girl was the last thing on my mind. When our midwife asked me what I wanted to do with my placenta and suggested having it encapsulated, I shrugged and agreed. At the time, I had no idea what encapsulation was, or even what to do with it. A couple days later she showed up with a bottle of capsules, just like any other supplement, and gave me dosing instructions for an optimal transition and balanced postpartum period. I looked at her, looked at my partner, opened the bottle, and popped two pills like Flinstone vitamins as a child. I shrugged again and thought, “What could it hurt?”
At the time, I didn’t realize how much I benefited from the goodness of my placenta pills. Now as a professional of the birthing community, I can easily reflect on my speedy recovery. I only had to wear those goofy mesh panties for a few days, and my bleeding had completely stopped in less than two weeks; I had cantaloupe sized breasts with enough milk to feed a small village; The word “migraine” seemed to have gotten lost in translation; I became a master of the Scrabble board and didn’t need to sleep until I defeated those who were up for the challenge; And most importantly, with a history of depression and anxiety, I cherished ever moment of my new family without any trace of the “Baby Blues” or panic attacks. I was inspired to learn and share this profound discovery in hopes that all families would be blessed with a similar transition to what I experienced.
Just like every person, every birth is different, as well as every placenta. Even though there aren’t specific clinical statistics around the benefits of human Placentophagy (consuming placentas), clinical research teamed with theoretical studies offer much reassuring evidence. The placenta’s hormones have been known to release higher levels of bonding chemicals, increase milk supply and quality, boost the Mother’s immune system (and if she’s breastfeeding, immune boosters are also passed to the baby), help the uterus return to its pre-pregnancy state, and minimize pain from the labors of giving birth. Many of these hormones that are present in the placenta, when ingested, are naturally reintroduced without side effects for the Mother or risks to the tiny, vulnerable baby.
The process that I use to encapsulate placentas is based on practices of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). According to the Chinese, much of the body’s heat or “Chi” (our life force) is stripped during pregnancy and labors of birthing, and needs to be replenished in the postpartum period. To restore the “Chi” I use practices of TCM to gently clean, steam, dehydrate, and powder the placenta in preparation for consumption. In addition to these beliefs of restoring the “Chi”, the purpose of the mother ingesting supplement-like placenta is to reintroduce the beneficial vitamins, minerals, hormones, proteins, and other nutrients to her body following labor and birth. Each placenta produces approximately 70-150 capsules, which are taken 3 times a day for the first two weeks or until a feeling of balance is attained. Because it is dehydrated for preservation, it can be stored for many years and taken in times of transition, loss, imbalance, or even menopause. This medicine is created specifically for that mama only, and individual results may vary.
In addition to making medicine, time is taken to honor the allure of this organ by creating one-of-a-kind keepsakes that go along with it. Placenta prints are a way for families to see the size and shape of the placenta, and why it is often referred to as the “Tree of Life”, and the umbilical cord keepsake is another unique complement. They are all presented as a gift of health, courage, and beauty.
There varying thoughts and opinions around the purpose of the placenta after a birth – whether it be considered infectious waste by medical practitioners, or the Tree of Life by earth loving hippies, it is still capable of providing many benefits to Mothers and babies after the birth. This all leads me to ask one question – Who wouldn’t want a “piece of cake” transition into parenthood?
This is a 6-week course broken up into 3 meetings and 7-hours of instruction. We meet 3 x over the course of 6 weeks. Students will have daily exercises to do when we are not in session.
This class is for mothers of any age from 3 weeks to 40 years postpartum. It does not matter when or how you had your baby.
You will learn:
In class 1 you will learn what diastasis recti is, it’s effect on the body, basic abdominal and pelvic floor anatomy, exercises to avoid, theory of the Tupler Technique®, how to wear the Diastasis Rehab® splint, and the first two Tupler Technique® exercises. We will also take before measurements and photos.
In class 2 you will review anatomy and the first two Tupler Technique® exercises. You will also learn exercise progressions. We will also take week 3 measurements. This class meets 3 weeks into the program.
In class 3 you will learn a full body workout addressing the unique needs of the woman’s body. This workout pays close attention to the structural needs of the pelvic floor, abdominals, glutes, and upper back. We will also take week 6 photos and measurements. This class meets 6 weeks into the program.
This class is right for you if:
-You are experiencing low back pain, digestive distress, or urinary incontinence
-You want to learn how to effectively strengthen your abdominal muscles
-You have been diagnosed with diastasis recti
-You are not happy with the appearance of your abdomen following pregnancy
-No matter how many abdominal exercises you do, you cannot get rid of the abdominal pooch or distended look
-You have an umbilical hernia or are at risk for other types of hernias
For more information:
Please visit www.PeainthePodFitness.com/tupler-technique for more details and to register
You may also contact Abby Kurtz directly at:
303-351-2348 or Abby.Kurtz@PeainthePodFitness.com
When planning ones birth, many questions have to be considered. Expectant mothers and fathers often come up with a “birth plan” anticipating questions that may arise during the birthing process. One question that has recently emerged is how long to wait before clamping the umbilical cord. Currently there is not one well-accepted standard for when to clamp the umbilical cord. In most labor and delivery wards, once the baby is delivered, the cord is immediately clamped, stopping the blood supply from the placenta to the baby, and then cut, separating the baby from the mother. This process is usually done quickly allowing either necessary medical intervention, or immediate bonding between baby and mother. Delayed cord clamping, an alternative to this standard process, is when the delivering caregiver waits more than 30 seconds before clamping and cutting the umbilical cord. This way, the baby remains connected to the placenta for a longer time, and more blood is allowed to flow towards the baby increasing its reserve. The suggested time for delayed cord clamping is between 1 to 3 minutes, but up to 10 minutes has been shown to be safe.
Current literature about delayed umbilical cord clamping suggests that it is safe and beneficial for some births. One such benefit is the prevention of anemia (low red blood cell count) in the first six months of life. It has also been shown to be beneficial for premature infants. Reducing the rates of two common complications of pre-maturity, intra-ventricular Hemorrhages (brain bleeds) and severe life threatening infections.
There are also some concerns discussed in the literature regarding delayed umbilical cord clamping. One of these concerns is that the baby may develop polycythemia a condition where the blood is too thick and can clot inappropriately. Polycythemia can be very dangerous, causing breathing difficulties and even stroke in newborns. There are several medical circumstances where delayed cord clamping in not suggested. These include maternal bleeding or fetal distress including slow heart rate, meconium staining, or breathing difficulties. In addition, if you are thinking of banking your cord blood for stem cells, early clamping can increase the yield for a better sample.
Currently there is not enough definitive information to suggest delayed cord clamping for all births. If as a parent you do decide to delay umbilical cord claming, here are a couple of suggestions. Ask the delivering caregiver to keep the baby at the level of your belly prior to clamping the umbilical cord. This will allow blood to flow from the placenta to the baby naturally. Another suggestion is to not delay clamping for more than 10 minutes.
A little info on the practice :
Mindful Pediatrics is the general pediatric office of Roy Steinbock MD, a board certified pediatrician, seeing children from birth through adolescence for all their wellness care, sicknesses and general health guidance.
“At Mindful Pediatrics, I have created a practice that promotes the highest quality of care in a supportive and nurturing environment. I practice evidence-based western medicine with a holistic approach. I believe that each child is unique and has to be understood from a biological, psychological, spiritual and social perspective. Using my knowledge of general Pediatrics, nutrition, mindfulness, and holistic medicine, I guide my patients and their families in both well care and illness. From nutrition to exercise, mind-body, homeopathy, herbs and pharmaceutical drugs, I use the most appropriate and mildest combination to achieve the best outcome. Taking the time to gain this greater understanding, I believe is the key to an accurate diagnosis and treatment.”
“Wellness is our ability to respond to challenges and stressors effectively, and return to a state of balance. I focus on the root cause of a problem, and aim to support my patient’s natural resources for healing.”
-Roy Steinbock M.D.
Ashley Crutchfield, L Ac.
Acupuncture is a great option for those of you who may experience nausea during pregnancy. It is quite normal for women to feel nauseous first thing in the morning during their first trimester of pregnancy, commonly called ‘morning sickness’. Eastern philosophy explains that the mother’s energy ‘qi’ and blood go to nourish the fetus which can take away from the mother’s own stomach qi. Normally the stomach ‘qi’ descends downwards, but if it is too much or too little it can start ascending, counter flowing upwards causing symptoms of nausea and vomiting.
Japanese acupuncture is very gentle, safe and effective for nausea during pregnancy. Using a highly refined palpation system for diagnosis and treatment, we use thin silver needles to balance your body’s energy, including strongly descending the stomach qi to relieve nausea and vomiting. Most women will feel relief after their first treatment. We recommend a series of four treatments depending on the severity of the nausea as each one adds to the cumulative effect of balancing the mother’s body. The earlier you are able to come in for treatment the more quickly we are able to adjust your qi and relieve your symptoms.
We also see and treat severe cases of nausea in the clinic. This includes persistent nausea that lasts all day every day for months well past first trimester. Anti-emetic medications can be helpful and most women respond to them, however they can have side effects such as headaches and constipation. Sometimes women prefer not to use medication. Some women have already tried anti-nausea medication such as Zofran three times per day since the onset of their nausea with little effect and have lost significant weight and body fluids due to not being able to keep anything down. They end up having to go to the hospital for intravenous hydration and nutrients. Acupuncture is very helpful for these difficult cases. In addition to the acupuncture treatment we might send you home with tiny inter-dermals on the anti-nausea acupressure points for home therapy. As the nausea dissipates, these women are able to eat and drink again, they gain weight back, become hydrated and as a result the fetus also receives better nutrition and can grow and develop.
If you have never tried acupuncture before, it is normal to feel nervous. I can assure you we are very gentle and explain everything to you. Most women say that it is so relaxing they fall asleep during the treatment. Let us know how we can support you through your healthy pregnancy. We are conveniently located right across the hall from the Boulder Nurse Midwives, so please come and ask us questions!