If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it.
— Margaret F. Myles

Acupuncture Doula

PRE-labor and birth · acupUNCTURE & HERBS · emotional support

What is a doula? A doula (pronounced "doo-la”) is typically a woman who is experienced in childbirth and provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to the mother before, during and just after childbirth. In Greek, the word doula means woman caregiver. Doulas do not typically offer medical diagnoses or advise but may facilitate positive communication between provider and client, helping both partners and providers address and consider the woman's emotional needs, questions, and fears. After the birth, the doula can facilitate the mother’s recovery along with supporting with infant care.

What is an acupuncture doula? As an acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist, my role in your birth would be slightly different than a regular doula. Similar to a doula, I would provide specific labor support skills, techniques, and strategies, offer guidance and encouragement to laboring mothers and their families, build a team relationship with nursing staff or midwives, and encourage communication between patient and medical caregivers. In addition, an acu-doula will be present before, during, and/or after your labor and delivery to perform bodywork/acupressure/acupuncture, recommend personalized herbal remedies, as well as, advocate on your behalf and facilitate your birthing preferences. I can help you with energy, pain, lactation and mood support during your postpartum recovery and offer infant tuina/massage treatments, along with lessons to continue at home.

*Make sure to ask more about birth packages & home-visits!*

SPECIAL PACKAGES

Basic Birth Package

    ◦   Includes two prenatal acupuncture treatments

    ◦   Ongoing nutritional & herbal counseling and resources

    ◦   Continuous support throughout your birth with acupressure

    ◦   One postpartum acupuncture treatment with mother roasting (moxibustion)

Expanded Birth Package

    ◦   Includes Basic Birth Package +

    ◦   Postpartum Pediatric Tuina (therapeutic massage) lesson & treatment for your baby

    ◦   One 75-minute Private Prenatal (or Postpartum) Yoga session to practice breathing, relaxation and/or to relieve any discomforts you are having in your body

Labor Preparation & Postpartum Recovery

    ◦   4 treatments (3 prenatal / 1 postnatal)

Post-Date Date Labor Preparation

    ◦   2 treatments (post estimated due date)

Postpartum Recovery

    ◦   2 treatments postpartum