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The Nest is pleased to announce the addition of two practitioners to our team, Shelbi Bailor and Sae Mickelson. Both women have enjoyed a long relationship with The Nest: Shelbi has been providing backup support for our childbirth acupuncture, and Sae has been assisting founder Jennifer Paschen for over a year. We are thrilled that they each have decided to officially join our weekly schedule.

Shelbi Bailor

Shelbi Bailor
Shelbi will be working on Tuesdays from 4pm-8pm, Thursdays from 1pm-8pm, and Sundays from 8am-12pm.

Shelbi has spent the past several years in private practice primarily treating fertility and women’s health.  She has expertise in understanding western medical diagnoses in the realm of infertility, and is able to integrate that knowledge with the development of comprehensive treatment plans using Traditional Chinese Medicine—including herbs, acupuncture, and nutrition.  She has extensive experience and confidence treating patients throughout pregnancy, and has seen many women all the way from “infertility” to healthy parenthood. To learn more about her training and approach, please read Shelbi’s full bio here.

Sae Mickelson
Sae MickelsonSae will be available Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings from 8:30am to 12pm.

Sae cares deeply about women’s and children’s health. Her highest goal as a practitioner is to assist patients in learning to care for themselves so that they may have the energy and clarity to live life to the fullest. She strives to create a treatment space in which every patient feels supported and deeply cared for as they work towards health or healing. To learn more about Sae, read her full bio here.

Call anytime to schedule an appointment with Sae, Shelbi, or any of our excellent practitioners at 773.267.0248. As always, The Nest is open 7 days a week.

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Pregnant women need a lot of support throughout their pregnancies, but support is especially important during labor and delivery. Many women are unaware of the benefits (or even the opportunity) of having an acupuncturist present during the birth of a baby. Practitioners at The Nest have had the honor of providing care to many laboring mothers, and have witnessed first-hand what an important role acupuncture plays during this momentous event.

“Jennifer helped me through acupuncture to dilate from 7cm to 10cm, in about 30 minutes, after my labor had stalled out. If she had not been present at my birth, I would have likely been in labor for at least a few more hours and/or faced unwanted medical interventions. If a woman were attempting to have a natural childbirth experience, I would highly recommend Jennifer Paschen. Not only is she an amazing acupuncturist, for the above reasons, but also during labor she offers tremendous support since she too delivered a child naturally. She is also helpful postpartum in getting your body to return to a healthy state. I am thankful that I have her in my life!”

- Aggie

For centuries, acupuncture has been used to assist women naturally during childbirth. As we mention in the Childbirth section of our website, the many benefits of acupuncture for labor and delivery include:

- Increase cervical ripening
- Induce labor naturally
- Shorten active labor
- Naturally support the progression of labor
- Manage pain during labor and delivery
- Sustain energy levels during labor
- Promote proper position of the baby during labor
- Alleviate anxiety, fear, and frustration
- Maintain healthy blood pressure
- Reduce the likelihood of a cesarean section, as well as the need for other interventions.

Studies have shown that acupuncture can shorten active labor by an average of 200 minutes (and any laboring woman would gladly welcome a reprieve of 3 1/2 hours) and significantly reduces the perception of pain.

This recent study from The Journal of Perinatal Education analyzes the positive effect of acupuncture on initiating labor for women who’ve had a premature rupture of membranes.

For additional testimonials from clients of The Nest, click here.

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