Thursday, May 7, 2009

Alternative healing modalities

I attended the "Well-Woman Care During Pregnancy, Labor & Delivery and Post Postpartum" talk at the Brooklyn Public Library on Tuesday night. This is the description of the event:

Pregnancy is a singular time in a woman's life, and there is a wealth of choices available when it comes to care of ourselves and our babies. Homeopathy, acupuncture, natural herbs and nutrition are gentle, non-invasive and effective ways to relieve situations that range from physical ailments such as heartburn nausea and constipation - all the way to emotional anxiety, easing the birth process and post postpartum trauma and depression.

I left the event feeling exuberant and like my brain was stuffed to the capacity. I have much learning to do around these healing modalities.

I thought I would share with you some of the resources that the speakers offered as a good way to become introduced to their subjects and some more specific books and websites about using them in conjunction with pregnancy and childbirth.

Homeopathy: Erika Simonian, NY- Homeopathy

The Homeopathic Childbirth Manual by Betty Idarius, L.M., C. Hom
Homeopathy for Pregnancy, Birth and Your Baby's First Year by Miranda Castro
Childbirth Kit
Beyond Flat Earth Medicine by Timothy Dooley

Acupuncture: Laurel Axen Carroll, Ancient Current

Deborah Betts website
general books about Chinese medicine: The Web that has No Weaver by Ted Kaptchuk and Between Heaven and Earth by Harriet Beinfield

Herbs: Tioma Allison

Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Years
by Susan Weed
Tioma also conducts walks thought Propsect Park on the uses of native plants.

Nutrition: Angela Davis, Nourishing Works

Wise Traditions website
Nina Planck website
Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon

I'm really looking forward to starting to learn more about all of these disciplines and how I can incorporate some of their techniques into my birth practices.

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