With 2000 years of recorded history, acupuncture has the oldest written record of any medical modality in the world and has been used continuously for thousands of years to assist women during preconception, pregnancy, birth and the post-partum period. As two of the oldest forms of healthcare on the planet, acupuncture and midwifery have a long history of working together to promote health and well-being and to reduce complications during the childbearing year.
Acupuncture as a modality offers solutions for many issues facing women during pregnancy for which modern medicine sometimes does not have readily available or safe options. Acupuncture offers these solutions in a way that is completely natural, safe and without any adverse impact to your health or the health of your growing child.
Acupuncture during pregnancy can be effective for:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Poor sleep
- Hyperacidity and heartburn
- Anxiety, depression and mood swings
- All types of musculoskeletal pain
- Threatened miscarriage and bleeding
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Leg cramps
- Gestational Diabetes
- Vericose veins and vericosities
- Headache and migraine
- Breech, posterior and poorly positioned babies (ideally treatment occurs at 33-35 weeks)
- As a preventative modality throughout pregnancy to support and maintain health.
acupuncture just prior to labor can be effective for:
- Weekly acupuncture from 37-40 weeks for an efficient labor
- Cervical ripening
- Optimal positioning of the baby
- Labor induction when medically necessary (acupuncture induction is generally started 72-96 hours prior to a scheduled medical induction. Typically between 2 and 4 treatments scheduled 24-48 hours apart are required to initiate labor.)
acupuncture during LABor and just after birth can be effective for:
- Pain relief
- "Failure to progress"
- Initiating labor after membranes have ruptured
- Poor position of the baby
- Unfavorable cervical dilation or effacement
- Stalled or inefficient labor and contractions
- Bleeding and Hemorrhage
- Placenta retention
acupuncture in the post-partum period can be effective for:
- Persistent uterine bleeding
- Anxiety and mood swings
- Post-partum depression
- Poor sleep
- Musculoskeletal injury during birth
- Insufficient lactation and other breastfeeding issues
- Night sweats
- As a preventative through the post-partum period to support and maintain a woman's health
acupuncture can also be effective for:
Physical, mental and emotional support and stability through inevitable and missed miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, placental abruption and all pregnancy loss including voluntary pregnancy termination.
My TRaining and experience
I opened my private practice in Maine in 2009 and soon after began working with local midwives to assist their patients and clients with pregnancy related issues and to attend births as needed. Over the past several years I've done additional training in treating infertility with Jane Lyttleton and in acupuncture in pregnancy and childbirth with Debra Betts.
In addition to clinical experience I am also a mother of two boys who were born at home in 2008 and 2011. Through my own personal and clinical experiences with pregnancy, childbirth and motherhood I've gained a deep respect for both the inherent wisdom of a woman's body during the childbearing year and an understanding of the vital importance of experienced, skilled and empathetic health care providers as a woman moves through pregnancy and birth. I believe that each woman should be given as much support and informed choice as possible to ensure that the outcome of each pregnancy is a healthy baby and a happy mama!
Rates and availability
pregnancy and post-partum
I am available for treatment at my office in Southwest Harbor during regular business hours for issues that arise during and after pregnancy. My regular hourly office rate is $80-$100 her session.*
In addition to seeing women at 54 Herrick I see women outside of regular office hours for acupuncture induction treatments. In circumstances where it is absolutely necessary I am able to travel to homes or hospitals within 60 minutes of my Southwest Harbor office. Because multiple treatments within a short period of time are often needed, rates per treatment for induction are reduced. Generally, rates per treatment are dropped 25-50% depending on how many treatments are required. *Please do be aware that I only perform acupuncture induction treatments when your midwife or OB feels that induction is both safe for you and medically necessary.*
I am available for home births within 90 minutes of Southwest Harbor and for hospital births at Maine Coast Memorial and MDI Hospital. I can be called in for just a few hours on an as-needed basis if problems arise or be available in a home or hospital for the duration of labor and delivery. Rates for attendance at births range from $100-$600 depending on the level of care desired.*
I accept insurance if your policy covers acupuncture.
*My primary concern is in assisting women and their babies. I am a believer in both the tremendous benefit acupuncture can provide to mothers AND in equal access to healthcare. It is my goal that no woman be turned away due to inability to pay. As much as possible I will try to work with women regardless of their financial situation.