Postpartum acupuncture is a key part of recovery after birth. The postpartum period itself is often ignored in our culture. East Asian medicine views this time as one of the MOST important times in a women’s life that will help determine their health for years to come. The focus is on nourishing the mother and nourishing the mother to help nourish the child.
The postpartum period is considered to be a minimum of 4 months following delivery. The first month being the most important time to take special care of oneself. It is not until the end of the 4th month that the Yin and Blood become full again, and the womb and the meridians have recovered. We offer well mama and baby visits in the postpartum phase.
Our Postpartum Acupuncture Program is called Stork Services. It treats:
- retained placenta
- low milk supply
- plugged milk ducts/ mastitis/ thrush
- postpartum depression
- postpartum anxiety
- C-Section pain and healing
- trauma from birth
- prolapsed uterus or rectum
- promote overall recovery
- back and neck pain from birth
- Diastasis- separation of the abdominal muscles
- urinary incontinence
- uterine or rectal prolapse
In traditional Chinese medicine, rebuilding mom in the postpartum period is crucial for her future health. After giving birth, there is a deficiency of Qi and Blood in the body, and the meridians and channels of the lower abdomen, particularly the uterus, are thought to be open and somewhat weak. Traditionally in the period after giving birth, women follow strict guidelines regarding diet and lifestyle in order to support the return of health and vitality. Postpartum Acupuncture offers great support at this time. Taking time to care for and nourish one’s health after childbirth can have a great impact on a woman’s health far into the future.
A growing number of women are choosing to have their placenta encapsulated. This ancient Chinese remedy can have powerful effects on lactation, postpartum pain, bleeding, mood, and overall recovery. Ask your Midwife or Doula about it, or ask us for a referral.
It took nine months to get this way, and it takes time to feel like yourself again. Diet and lifestyle recommendations will be made for at home care.