Are you struggling to enjoy your child birthing year?
I can help to:
- regulate your cycle to make it easier to conceive
- alleviate the common symptoms of pregnancy including morning sickness, swelling, anxiety, depression, and more
- prepare you for your labor
- support your recovery from birth so that you can feel more like your old self while spending time with your little one
Often, my work starts before pregnancy by helping to balance hormones and clearing up issues that contribute to difficult conception or infertility.
Once conception occurs, we shift our focus to your comfort and supporting your pregnancy for the first six months.
In the last trimester of pregnancy, we make sure that you have:
- a clear birth strategy
- that you have all the tools you need for optimal positioning and preparation leading up to the birth
- schedule out an evidence-based labor preparation series starting at 36 weeks that has been shown to shorten labor duration and reduce the need for interventions
In the postpartum visit, I come and do a mother-warming which is a traditional herbal treatment that helps return the uterus to its pre-pregnancy size and we continue with your care during the fourth trimester.
And, of course, I am available for any additional help you need for the first year or two of parenthood (including getting you ready for your next pregnancy adventure!)
I can’t promise that you will get pregnant, have a unicorn pregnancy*, a painless birth, and leave your birthing suite with your pre-baby body.
But what I can promise you is that if you show up to the appointments regularly and do your homework, you will have a deeper connection to the power of your body and the rhythms of your cycles.
You will have a depth of understanding and compassion for your body that you may not have even thought possible and I can’t think of a more positive and profound change a person can have.
* completely comfortable and asymptomatic
Traditional Wisdom, Modern Times
My name is Jessica Gustafson and I am a licensed acupuncturist in St. Paul, Minnesota.
I help birthing people and their partners integrate traditional wisdom into their lives, so they can live with the rhythm of the seasons and find their pace in the dance of work, family and life.
I do this through:
- community acupuncture
- private home visits
- food therapy
- breathing exercises
- seasonal coaching
- prenatal and postpartum care
- cervical ripening (aka “labor induction”)
- doula services
- and more…
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Who am I?
I am an acupuncturist, herbalist, author, and owner of Reverie Acupuncture, LLC.
Since 2012 I have been a partner to women through massage, nutrition, traditional and modern medicines, helping them connect with their bodies, minds, and spirits. I interned at Masonic Children’s Hospital, the University of Minnesota Medical Center and Regions Hospital. I currently operate a community acupuncture clinic from the upstairs yoga studio of Health Foundations Birth Center in St. Paul, MN.
When I’m not in the clinic you can find me curled up with stacks of books on my couch with a cup of coffee. And if the couch is empty, check the woods; I’m probably out in the wilderness with my husband and daughter.
Work with me if…
- you’re in the Twin Cities area
- you like affordable acupuncture, herbs, coaching and more
- you’re interested in living in harmony with the seasons and the world around you
- you want some natural fertility, prenatal and postpartum care
- you want some traditional health care for other, non-reproductive needs
- you were not born biologically female but you would like some traditional women’s care
- you are a person with a uterus who doesn’t identify as female but is looking for reproductive or non-reproductive care
- you need care but you can never find a babysitter (I am kid-friendly and I have a pack and play for naps at my St Paul location!)
I might not be for you if:
- you don’t like homework
- you’re not within a sensible driving distance from the Twin Cities (but stay tuned for distance health coaching opportunities)
- you may be bothered by people giving birth in the birthing suites downstairs
- you’re not ok with kids attending community-style treatments
My midwives at Health Foundations told me to go see Jessica to help manage my hyperemesis. I was very sick with morning sickness between 6-14 weeks of pregnancy and desperate to try anything to relieve my vomiting and nausea. After only 4 visits I have been able to keep down food and have only experienced slight nausea. I can’t believe how much better I feel! I was prepared to live with hyperemesis throughout my entire pregnancy but now thanks to Jessica I have a new perspective on my first pregnancy and am so thankful I do not have to live with being sick and can now enjoy being pregnant with my first baby.BR – Hyperemesis Gravidarum
I started going to Jessica in my third trimester. She helped me prepare for birth, get better sleep and lowered my stress. I saw her on my due date (I was not in labor) she did an induction treatment and my son was born the next day.
SS – Prenatal Care, Cervical Ripening and Postpartum Recovery
This is my third baby and easiest labor and recovery I have had.
I just wanted to make sure to say thank you for the care and attentiveness you put into my acupuncture session. I’m forever a believer in the power of acupuncture. My daughter was born a mere 3.5 hours after my water broke post-treatment.
MP – Cervical Ripening
Thanks again! You were wonderful and I’ll be recommending you in the future!
Ready to make the leap?
Or do you need more details first?
Chinese medicine is a seasonal medicine. Acupuncture, herbs, meditation, and exercise – everything is wrapped around living with the rhythms of the world around you. If you’re looking for a guide to preventative medicine and seasonal living, schedule a free 15-minute consultation or book a community acupuncture session. Together we can build a lifestyle for you that flows with the cycle of the year using traditional wisdom that fits your modern lifestyle.
Community acupuncture is an acupuncture session in a shared space with other patients. This keeps the cost down for you and adds a sense of hygge to the treatment. This treatment is on a sliding fee scale of $35-50 and is available in the Health Foundations Birth Center’s Yoga Studio on Wednesdays and Fridays from 5:30 to 8:00.
Traditional Private Acupuncture
Private acupuncture, bodywork, and energy work is available at the Naturally Well clinic space in White Bear Lake. Check out the services page for more information.
Traditional dietary, herbal, and coaching consultations
Not into needles? That’s fine!
Schedule a normal “community acupuncture appointment” and attach a “No needles, please!” message and let me know what you would like to chat about. Even better, schedule a free 15-minute phone consult to see if I can help you in the clinic or if we should plan a longer, private visit.
Frequently asked questions
What exactly is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the insertion of sterile, single-use, solid needles through the skin. These needles are put in specific points located all over your body. The most common ones used in community acupuncture are in the ears, the arms and hands, and the legs and feet.
If you’re worried about the size of the needles, don’t be. They’re tiny. While most needles used in a doctor’s office are roughly a millimeter wide, acupuncture needles are only a quarter of that. They’re designed to be comfortable, not hurt.
For more detailed information on acupuncture and what to expect from an appointment, check out this blog post.
What can acupuncture help with?
Acupuncture is part of a comprehensive system of medicine that has been used for over 5000 years. Before the development of modern medicine, this was Asia’s primary was to treat everything from minor bumps and bruises to managing the pain of Stage IV cancer.
So it can help with anything.
However, acupuncture and herbs are better for preventative and gentle interventions. It is not a substitute for Western interventions like chemotherapy or setting broken bones.
I see patients for fertility, menstrual regulation, postpartum depression and anxiety, discomforts of pregnancy, cervical ripening, after pains, musculoskeletal pain and so much more.
If you’re wondering if acupuncture or herbs are right for you, schedule a free 15-minute phone consult.
How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture works by stimulating your nervous system, improving your blood flow and amplifying your body’s built-in healing capabilities. Acupuncture points tend to be located near “neuro-vascular bundles” (groups of nerves and blood vessels) or in muscle bellies.
Acupuncture can also release your body’s natural pain-killing chemicals like endorphins and enkephalins and stress-fighting hormones like oxytocin. This impact on the endocrine system is also how it helps with fertility, cervical ripening, and menstrual regulation.
For more information check out this blog post.
What do you mean, “liver qi stagnation?” What’s wrong with my liver?
Chinese medicine speaks in a different “language” than Western Medicine. For instance, we don’t diagnose disease, we diagnose patterns.
A disease is a disorder of structure or function that produces specific signs and symptoms and is not related to a physical injury.
A pattern is a constellation of signs or symptoms that form the root for many possible diseases, which arise before the disease manifests and can predict likely outcomes.
These patterns are often defined by categories of function: “organ” systems or qi, blood, yin and yang imbalances. So if your liver qi is stagnant, nothing is wrong with your liver. I’m categorizing you by pattern so we can treat you appropriately.
Read more about pattern diagnosis here.
Do you accept insurance?
No, I do not.
Community acupuncture only costs $35-50 (on a sliding fee scale) which is the cost of your average insurance co-pay WITHOUT having to negotiate with the company to have it covered.
But I do take HSA and FSA and, if needed, I can get you copies of your invoice to submit for reimbursement.
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Tried it, didn’t like it
That’s fine. I completely understand. Send me an email and let me know. We can discuss your case and see if we can’t find a better practitioner for your case.
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