SNAPSHOT: South Philadelphia Community Acupuncture specializes in affordable acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine. Founder and acupuncturist Lauren O’Brien Buckley has experience offering acupuncture to women in all stages of pregnancy.
PHILOSOPHY: “Acupuncture affects people in such positive ways: physically, emotionally, spiritually, holistically, etc. Not only is it a valuable therapeutic for mom and baby but it also indirectly aids in healthier, safer births. My intention and focus is to educate more women to seek prenatal acupuncture for health and wellness as well as for symptomatic relief.”
PHONE: (215) 279-3932
LOCATION: 1532 East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19147
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Q. What are some common issues that pregnant women use acupuncture for?
A. First, while acupuncture is helpful in relieving many symptoms and ailments, it’s important to realize that it is also just great for the health and wellbeing of pregnant women. You don’t have to have something wrong to come in and see me. Acupuncture is calming and healthy in the same way yoga is, just at a deeper level. You will have a healthier pregnancy if you have acupuncture.
Symptom/ailment wise, we help women who are undergoing various kinds of fertility treatments to try and get pregnant. Research has shown that acupuncture can help women get and help keep their pregnancy. We recommend coming in 1-2 times a week to help the embryo grow and implantation occur.
During the first semester, we treat a lot of morning sickness and fatigue. Women in their second and third trimester have acupuncture to help with anxiety, insomnia, back pain, and turning a breech baby. We have a 90% success rate of turning a breech baby before 35 weeks so we get a lot of women who come in for that.
After 40 weeks, we do a lot of natural inductions for women who want to have a natural birth. Because there is a certain protocol by hospitals if you don’t have your baby by the due date, they have to set an induction date. Once that date is set, expectant mothers are often under the rules and regulations of that hospital and it can put a lot of stress on women who want the option of a natural birth.
Q. What happens during an acupuncture session?
A. After filling out an extensive health history form, the patient spends about 30 minutes with the practitioner discussing their health and going through the forms together. After that assessment, the practitioner formulates a diagnosis and then develops an individualized treatment plan for the patient.
We then start the treatment using very tiny needles. The biggest misconception about acupuncture is that it hurts but it doesn’t! After retaining 8-20 needles depending on the purpose, you will then lay still and rest for 30 to 40 minutes. The first session is about 1 hour and 15 minutes and the follow-up sessions are around 45 minutes.
Acupuncture sessions are conducted in an open, quiet community space which allows us to keep our costs affordable. Private sessions are available for those who want more privacy and individual attention.
Q. Can you tell us about yourself and your journey to becoming an Acupuncturist?
A. I’m from the Philadelphia area and have been in practice for 13 years. I also have four boys under the age of 8 so that keeps me busy! I became interested in acupuncture when I was an undergraduate and originally intended to pursue nursing. My uncle, who was an M.D., along with my aunt and mom thought that I would be interested in acupuncture so I began to give it some thought.
As I did more research, I feel in love with it and decided to study it. I went to school in San Diego and completed a four year Masters Degree program in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. I opened South Philadelphia Community Acupuncture in 2007 and have treating people with various issues and ailments ever since.