Acupuncture for Pregnancy Labor and Birth

In my 16 years of practice as a licensed acupuncturist, there is nothing I enjoy more than helping a woman prepare for labor and birth. Thanks to Liz Oldham and the doulas at Balanced Birth Support and others in the DC area, I’ve had wonderful opportunities to offer acupuncture treatments during pregnancy. In my practice, I treat women throughout their pregnancies — for all kinds of conditions, including nausea and vomiting in the early stages. In the second and third …

What to Pack In Your Hospital Bag For Birth….

Just pack enough for a 3 night stay! You can absolutley wear the provided hospital gown but alot of birthing mothers find their own clothes to be more comfortable during labor. I suggest about 3 nightgowns, stretchy cotton, and can be pulled down for easy skin to skin with baby. You will drink more if you are drinking from yours… I promise! Water is an excellant source of hydration but you will also be losing elctrolytes during your birth. Alternate …

The Birth Story of Rosser: Our little Hero

Your daddy came up to check on me. He helped me slither down the stairs and got me comfortable on the couch. I started to feel better and I was crazy hungry. Daddy went to the restaurant down the street and brought home some food for me to nibble on. I thought it made me feel better to eat. Soon after the pain came back. It had now been eight hours of this intense pain and I was feeling very faint …

Pregnancy Isn’t a Joke…

I have a fantastic sense of humor… But I cringe when I see the April Fools post about pregnancy and all the fake pregnancy test in my FB/twitter/IG feed.  Probably because I have experienced a loss personally and I have also looked at multiple pregnancy tests over and over and over waiting for “this to be the month” and feeling broken when it wasn’t.  But I have also held the hands of women losing their babies and talked at length …

What Does a Postpartum Doula Do?

The postpartum doulas of Balanced Birth Support are an additional support person that will work seamlessly with your existing support and family; regardless of what level of support you already have in place. Our doulas provide help and guidance through nurturing, education, observation, and appropriate referrals. We comfortable working with all kinds of family dynamics. The doulas support is intended to fill gaps that are left with our societies “normal” idea of support… which typically includes periodic medical checkups and …