Renowned acupuncture therapist Debbie Karl of Mount Acupuncture shares her insight and practise of readying woman for birth, post natal treatment and birth trauma with us this week. Having been one, of many, grateful patients to have worked with Debbie at her practice I am very excited to share this wonderful resource with expectant Mamas.
Can you tell us a little about yourself and your area of expertise?
The area of my expertise is pregnancy acupuncture and helping women to trust in their instinctive natures. My work and my way of life is about the Heart and living passionately from a Heart led existence. I was brought up on land as a child and the importance of our connection with our earth is of utmost importance to me. Indigenous teachings according to the sacred and our interconnectedness describes that informs me and who I am.
How can Acupuncture treatment positively impacts a woman’s body pre-labour?
Acupuncture is a medicine that promotes balance. It is a calmative on the central nervous system and it places the energy of our heart central to everything. As we near labour the importance of free flowing vital energy and the free flow of our blood creates a free and easy feeling physically and emotionally. From a place of balance we then can navigate all that is in front of us.
How about post-natal?
Post birth we work to re-establish and balance vital energy and blood to set about better rhythms in all aspects of health, never ever discounting the steadiness of the emotions. Building energy to equip a women with night feeding and diminished sleep for example. Birth itself uses a lot of energy and to be able to replenish and nourish a woman post birth serves her very well.
You work with woman who suffer from birth trauma, can you give us an example of someone who might be experiencing this?
I think most women are encouraged by the midwife to make a birth plan. Birth sometimes does not go to plan. Therefore it can set up a sense of having failed or perhaps a women feels her sense of control was taken away or that her voice was not heard in the labour setting. I feel from what I have seen in clinic over the years that unresolved birth trauma may hinder our ability to easily get pregnant again, and of course it may cause problems in our relationship with our partner. Birth trauma like any trauma can obstruct the flow of blood and vital energy in our bodies and set about creating all sorts of symptoms seemingly unrelated to the gynaecology of our bodies. Emotional wellbeing is key here.
How can treatment aide this?
A women can be heard. We may not tell our stories as there is often a feeling that someone is always worse off and that we should be grateful for our baby. When we share from our heart a good portion of healing occurs. Then to perform Chinese pulse diagnosis to assess how the vital energy is moving throughout the body and balance this with acupuncture treatment, and the medicine of words, we can restore and bring a sense of peace. Its, I guess, like bringing somebody back home to who they know themselves to be.
Acupuncture can also be super effective in regulating hormones and helping with fertility, can you tell us why this is?
It can be effective because it is a medicine whereby through observation and interviewing we can ascertain the cause of imbalance and then set about aiding balance with treatment and giving productive advice on diet and lifestyle changes to foster fertility.
What does a better world mean to you?
I see our world being an incredible place and one I feel so excited to see in the future although I see so much of it here already. Our beautiful human species living from their hearts being the full expression of human ie. creative, free thinking, and full of joy. Feeing connected with the earth and her species and seeing all living things as brother and sister. This is the old ways of the ones that walked before who were so connected to the land. Revelling in the beauty of nature. Seeing children as our greatest teachers and guiding them to flourish in the gifts they bring forth. Where we feel free, at peace and have a deep understanding of who we really are.
Who is an expert in the industry that inspires you?
I am deeply inspired by Jenny Allison. From the moment I met her I observed a most regal women with the kindest of hearts. Her heart wisdom and her skill in this ancient art of Oriental Medicine is indeed pure beauty.
I am so excited to share this fortnights beautiful journal with Charlotte from The Living Doula. Many of us have heard the term 'doula' but I've found many Mama's are still a little unsure of the immeasurable support they can offer us, from fertility, pregnancy, birth and into our post natal period, on this often challenging journey. Here, Charlotte shares her take on this important role and offers some very important lessons we should all be taking stock of, mother or not.
We are honoured to welcome Nature Baby to our journal this month. As kind as they are clever, Jacob and Georgia Faull, founders of world renowned baby-wear brand Nature Baby are in a league of their own, paving the way for ethical and organic business. A wee ways back I sat down with the dynamic duo for my book Wild Kinship; Conversations with Conscious Entrepreneurs and am excited to be sharing 5 questions for 5 minutes about this incredible brand and the work that they do.