Acupuncture in Labour

“ Shannon, I can’t thank you enough for your amazing acupuncture service while I was in labour. I honestly don’t know what I would have done without the help of acupuncture and didn’t realize how powerful the aid would be till I was in that position. My baby ended up being a “surprise” breech birth that caused quite the strain on my back as his little spine was grinding against mine. However, with your help, I was completely relieved so that I could sleep the first night and the second session provided relief and then a shift towards birth. I will certainly be recommending you, to any of my expectants mom friends! Your service worked like magic and no need for any drugs. Thank you. ”

 

— Alexis

 

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Pregnancy acupuncture and Doula services

“ My partner and I feel tremendously grateful that we had the good fortune of having Dr. Shannon Larson as my doula when I gave birth to our son. I met with Shannon early in my pregnancy, I was struck by her generous wisdom and her ease. My partner is a medical doctor and was unsure of my desires to have a midwife and a doula attending the hospital birth. Shannon explained the potential benefit of acupuncture in the weeks leading up to my due date, and also offered some insight into what feelings I might start experiencing in the days and hours before the birth. In the weeks before our son was born I appreciated my weekly visits with Shannon. Not only did she offer me relief from some pre-birth symptoms (aches and pains) through acupuncture, she also asked gentle questions that enabled me to reflect on my experience and to prepare my mind and heart for what was to come.

 My partner and I had intended that I labour at home and arrive at the hospital at the last possible moment (which is indeed what happened, as I had a 5 hour labour (!) and gave birth about 40 minutes after arriving at the hospital). We called Shannon when I thought I was going into labour and she offered guidance about what signs my partner and I should look for to know for sure I was in labour. We called her again when the intensity of the contractions became overwhelming. She arrived within 20 minutes.

 People say that labouring women somehow forget what is happening to them. That was my experience. Shannon kept reminding me that the intensity of the sensations was my baby’s head pressing down. ‘Make the passage easy for your baby’, she reminded me. ‘Wonderful’, she would say after an intense contraction. I felt her constant presence beside me. She gave confidence to both my partner and me; My partner was able to be present and relaxed. The midwife and Shannon accompanied us to the hospital, and Shannon’s voice, again, guided me to relax my body yet use my strength to enable our baby to be born. She brought a calm confidence to the birth and a depth of knowledge and also an openness to whatever experience we would have.

 Shannon visited us postpartum and used acupuncture to relieve my mastitis when the milk came in.

 My partner, who had started with reservations, now recommends midwifery and doula care to other women with uncomplicated pregnancies. We feel that Shannon set the stage for a calmness that we were able to continue in our home. She helped us birth both our baby and our family. ”

 

— Esther

 

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Knee pain

I am writing to express my sincere thanks and appreciation for the fantastic treatment that I have been receiving on my knee over the past weeks. When I fell during a run and landed on my knee, I have never experienced swelling and pain like that. After two weeks of not being able to fully bend my leg, or walk properly, I was truly concerned that I would never regain the same function and return to running – an activity that I love. Of course, this was even more troubling as the summers is coming and I have a bridesmaid dress to fit into for June!

I was advised to consider acupuncture so naturally David referred me to your clinic. I must admit that the thought of needles in my legs was terrifying and I didn’t think I would be able to relax enough to let the treatments work. I could never have been so wrong. From the moment I first entered your clinic, I was immediately put at ease. Not only was the treatment virtually painless, it was one of the most relaxing hours I can remember. After not only one treatment, the swelling had almost completely disappeared and I could actually walk without pain. Since continuing to see you, my knee is almost fully recovered and I look forward to getting back on the road in the very near future.

Going to acupuncture has been the best decision I could have made for this injury and it is hard to believe how quickly my knee has recovered. I would not hesitate in recommending any of my family and friends to see you for an injury or overall well-being, as I know it is the reason I am feeling as good as I do today.

Sincerely,

Susan Sinnott
Providence Health Care
Vancouver BC

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