Helping men and women with fertility and those subsequent pregnancies is one of my favourite areas of practice, and one that I have studied intensively and had a lot of experience in treating with acupuncture and natural medicine treatment (whether it’s pre-conception care, assisting a patient with polycystic ovarian syndrome or low sperm count, or supporting a patient through IVF).
If you wish to have a baby, are having difficulty in conceiving or are looking for supportive care in pregnancy, please contact me. I’d be happy to assist you with your journey.
To book an appointment at the clinic or further information on Chinese Medicine contact Dr Sarah George (Acupuncture). Sarah is a practitioner of acupuncture (AHPRA registered), massage therapy and natural health.
My brilliant friend, Antonella Gambotto-Burke, has just launched her latest collection of interviews and articles titled, Mama: Dispatches from the Frontline of Love.
As many of you know, I have a special interest in using Chinese medicine to optimise male and female reproductive health, and assisting women with pregnancy care, and pre- and post-natal support. So I love to read and learn about everything from personal experiences to birthing traditions to the latest evidence based theories in this area.
Inspired by her own experiences of pregnancy, birth and motherhood, Antonella sought out a wide range of experts in the field to bring us this beautiful collection of interviews, articles and even some pages of motherhood tips.
The book is beautiful to look at. But it’s the information shared within that celebrates motherhood (in its glory and challenges) that is the real treasure here. Inside are interviews with Sheila Kitzinger, Laura Markham, Steve Biddulph and Gabor Maté with a forward by Michel Odent. Antonella and her guests discuss among many topics: difficult births, parenting theories, bonding with a new baby and the experience of fathers.
So in addition to just telling you all about this book, I have two pieces of good news:
Antonella will be speaking in Brisbane at Riverbend Books on Friday 27th June, 6.30pm. Tickets are $10 and you can book here.
You can save $5 on Mama: Dispatches from the Frontline of Love by clicking here (Arbon Publishing) and using this code – SGMama. (This is exclusive to you, The Wellness Ninja readers!)
I’ve already given a copy to a friend just before she gave birth to her beautiful little girl. It was gladly received!
The last few weeks have been crammed with several great professional education seminars.
Of note, was the Womens Health Conference held on 20th April 2013. I was privileged to spend the day in the company of a roomful of general practitioners (GPs) as we all learnt from obstetricians, paedatricians, gynaecologists and fertility specialists on topics including:
Childbirth and the pelvic floor
Prolapse and stress incontinence
The role of counselling in infertility
Menorrhagia and dysmenorrhoea
Anti Mullerian Hormone (AMH)
Obesity and pregnancy
This also included several question and answer sessions in small groups with the specialists. Here is where we got to ask all of those burning questions we store up from practice. It was a valuable day of adding to my knowledge of obstetrics and gynaecology from a western medical viewpoint.
And next month on Wednesday 15th May, I am excited to say I get to share my Traditional Chinese Medicine knowledge on some of these topics (including acupressure techniques for birth) at the Capers Bookstore Complementary & Alternative Medicine in Pregnancy, Birth & the Early Postnatal Period. This is a seminar attached to the The Passage to Motherhood Conference that is targeted to midwives , obstetricians, paediatricians, general practitioners, lactation consultants, therapists, nurses, childbirth educators, physiotherapists and doulas. I’ll be speaking among brilliant professionals in the obstetrics and birth world including Michel Odent, Thomas Hale, Michael Woolridge, Catherine Watson Genna, Allison Barrett, Sarah Buckley and Rachel Reed. Here is the program. It looks amazing and I’m so pleased to be invited to speak at this great conference again.
It was my absolute pleasure to present to a lovely group of midwives at the Passage to Motherhood Midwifery Conference last week. Not only did I get to have a chat to many midwives and hear about their experiences with acupuncture, acupressure and moxa, but I was also able to learn more from an osteopath, aromatherapist and homeopath, and massage therapist on the techniques they each use through pregnancy, birth and lactation support.
The HealthWise Clinic, where I practice from, is surrounded by three fertility clinics who often refer their patients to us for acupuncture support (yes, research was published in the British Medical Journal in favour of acupuncture increasing IVF success rates). We also see many patients who are looking for pre-conception care or natural fertility support. And upon those positive test results, I have the wonderful opportunity to assist many women through the ups and downs of their pregnancy to birth journey.
During an acupuncture treatment for a pregnant lady, I would usually focus on the following as needed:
promote relaxation (not just the treatment itself, the treatment room is also a calm oasis away from husbands, bosses and housework)
bring the woman’s body into balance (Qi or lifeforce, Blood, Yin & Yang, Hot & Cold)
support the pregnancy
address any other health concerns (eg. morning sickness or back pain)
There is research to support acupuncture as a safe therapy in pregnancy (of course, this is when performed by a qualified acupuncturist). Other research supports the use of acupuncture in:
musculoskeletal pain (including pelvic pain)
turning breech position
shorter labour times
promoting birth sooner once the due date has passed.
And pregnant ladies, if you have an opportunity to learn some acupressure techniques for use in labour for pain relief, do. During a longer consultation appointment, I make sure to have the woman and her birth partner together and we do a practical training session for both partners on the location and use of the acupressure points.
I really enjoy working with pregnant women. Acupuncture has a long history in gynaecology and obstetrics care. It’s an honour to be able to continue to offer these thousands-of-years-old techniques, which have now been subject to scientific research, to the modern woman. And then, as an added bonus, it is absolutely delightful when a patient brings in her new little bub to the clinic for cuddles.