Tanya Smith Acupuncturist Chinese Medicine Practitioner

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Breaking the silence around pregnancy and infant loss

When Ronald Reagan proclaimed October as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month in 1988, he did so by quoting author Jay Neugeboren, saying "“A wife who loses a husband is called a widow. A husband who loses a wife is called a widower. A child who loses his parents is called an orphan. There is no word for a parent who loses a child.” (3)

This proclamation marked the start a movement, breaking the silence around pregnancy loss, stillbirth and infant death.

It is so easy to feel isolated in grief and to be misunderstood. As...

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Order your copy of the UnDiet Cookbook!


You have probably heard me talk about Meghan Telpner before (more about her here). Her philosophy has inspired so much of the way I eat and how I live.  She has this unique way of presenting nutrition and healthy living in a way that makes it really fun, approachable and not at all intimidating. There is no judgement for sure. She is happy for you to start where you're at and just make a few small changes, one step at a time. What's also...

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Stomach 30

Stomach 30 can be pressed on yourself daily during the first half of the cycle, from the end of menstruation until ovulation.

It is found by tracing a line sideways from your pubic bone until you reach the panty line or crease where the top of the leg meets the torso.

This point is called Qi's Breakthrough. It is the surfacing point of three deep vessels, the conception, governing, and penetrating vessels. It is indicated for:

  • infertility and impotence,
  • painful periods,
  • irregular...
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When to Refer to an Acupuncturist – A Guide for Birth Professionals

As a birth professional, you are often the primary source of reliable information for your client regarding therapies that can help her during her pregnancy. You may have heard that acupuncture can relieve many common discomforts of pregnancy, but you want to be able to offer your clients more than a shrug and “Give it a try... it can’t hurt!”

The information I provide in this booklet clarifies when acupuncture can be useful and sheds light on the research related to the uses of acupuncture during the childbearing year so you may share this treatment option with your clients and...

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Acupuncture for a better birth?

I can feel the anticipation as I walk into the room. My client lies on her side, propped in every possible way by pillows, belly bulging and the ruddiness of coming to the end of a journey on her face.

She is in the final month of her pregnancy and she is here for acupuncture to help prepare her body for labor. Using acupuncture has been shown to shorten the length of labor, decrease the amount of pain medication used in labor and reduce the incidence of cesarean section.


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