15. Acupuncture During Pregnancy – with Dr. Devin Geser

On today’s episode, Elle and Taylor sit down with Dr. Devin Geser, a board certified and licensed acupuncture pediatrician practicing in Los Angeles, California. She specializes in pediatric integrative functional medicine. Devin also teaches yoga and meditation along with volunteering for Acupuncturists Without Borders providing free interventional community crisis care. They discuss acupuncture and how it can help with a myriad of different pregnancy-related symptoms (like morning sickness, breech babies, aches and pains, labor induction, etc) as well as the spiritual nature of pregnancy. They talk about ancestry and how genetics are linked across time and how those links affect our health and the health of our children.

“Acupuncture as medicine has been around for a little over 4,000 years.” – Dr. Devin

“Utilizing acupuncture in pregnancy helps ensure a healthy pregnancy, an easy pregnancy, as well as safe and efficient deliveries.” – Dr. Devin

“Children who grow up loved do better.” – Dr. Devin

“Being brought up in love is such a key component to a healthy baby.” – Taylor

“Our generation is becoming very very aware of the generational trauma that we’ve inherited and trying to undo some of that so that the burden is lessened on our children.” – Elle

“I believe that how you come forth can mean something, but also how you live your life can mean as much.” – Dr. Devin

“We’re not human doings, we’re human beings.” – Dr. Devin

“Your genetics are the gun, basically. But HOW you live your life – those are the bullets. So what you do to load that weapon is what ultimately makes the difference.” – Dr. Devin

“Are you going to be a bullet, or are you gunna be a confetti cannon?” – Elle

“Birth is birth, no matter what it looks like.” – Elle

“Your needs and wants are valid, period. Your needs and wants are valid.” – Elle

“As a provider, I’m doing everything I can to make that easy, efficient, natural, drug-free labor an OPTION.” – Dr. Devin

“My goal with every mom, with every parent, is to give them as many tools as possible.” – Dr. Devin

“That’s the goal with life! To learn new things!” – Dr. Devin

“The more support we can provide, you know, in this village, the better outcomes we see in maternal-fetal medicine.” – Dr. Devin

“You have to give your body time to recover, and profoundly, deeply rest, and be nourished and nurtured as a new mother.” – Dr. Devin

“This is the first time in human history that we haven’t been living in this village setting.” – Dr. Devin

“I believe that we are made to evolve, and our minds are what evolve.” – Dr. Devin

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Today’s guest: Dr. Devin Geser

Devin Geser, L.Ac. Dipl. O.M. is a board certified and licensed acupuncture pediatrician practicing in Los Angeles, California. Devin was educated at UCLA and AJU, she attended medical school at Dong Guk University. She specializes in pediatric integrative functional medicine. Devin also teaches yoga and meditation along with volunteering for Acupuncturists Without Borders providing free interventional community crisis care. Devin is an associate at West Hollywood’s Vie Healing and also sees concierge patients for housecalls.

You can find her on Instagram @acupuncture.alchemy, on her website www.lakehollywoodacu.com or at 424-248-7436.

Resources related to today’s episode:

Acupressure Resources

Who are Elle and Taylor?

Elle Kennedy is a maternity, birth, and family photographer and doula based in Orange County, California. She’s a mother of two, a member of the LGBTQ+ community, and an advocate for consent and respect for personal preferences during pregnancy, labor, birth, and postpartum. She homeschools, is polyamorous, loves tea and scones, and loves using her free time to create and bake.

Dr. Taylor Garcia is a Webster Certified Chiropractor located in the Orange County, California area, with a family practice that focuses on pregnant persons and babies. She is currently going through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association’s certification program and plans to have that completes by 2021. While not a mama yet, she is the consummate “mom friend,” and hopes to adopt with her partners in about 5 years. She is part of the LGBTQ+ community and polyamorous. She believes in focusing on health and wellness from before birth, and using that as a firm foundation for health and wellness throughout life. She believes in the importance of connection and consent in all aspects of life. She is a dancer, a writer, a bookworm, and a fan of music and musicals.

Contact Elle:

Instagram: @elle.kennedy.photography

Website: ellekennedyphotography.com

Facebook: Elle Kennedy Photography

Contact Taylor:

Website: birthandbeyondchiro.com

Email: taylorjgarcia@att.net

Facebook: Dr. Taylor Garcia, DC

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