Nurture | A Women's Wellness Practice - Planning for childbirth

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We are a holistic women’s health practice, devoted solely to women’s health, fertility, pregnancy and postpartum. Our goal is to offer valuable knowledge and deeply compassionate care, meeting you where you are at along your motherhood journey.

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Acupuncture can be especially helpful for women planning a VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean). We recommend weekly office visits starting around week 34 of pregnancy to support the body in transitioning from pregnancy to labor.  Research demonstrates that pre-birth acupuncture is effective in shortening labor duration, reducing medical induction and cesarean section rates. These treatments focus on:

  • Promoting cervical ripening and dilation
  • Balancing the nervous system for labor
  • Emotional and physical support and releasing fears surrounding labor and birth
  • Supporting amniotic fluid levels
  • Promoting the natural onset of labor
Our team


Dr. Brook Merkel is a board certified chiropractor and acupuncturist who focuses on women’s health, especially fertility and pregnancy. She holds an undergraduate degree in Athletic Training and Sports Medicine and a Doctoral degree in Chiropractic Medicine. She has over 16 years of clinical experience and has worked exclusively in the field of women’s health, fertility, and pregnancy for over 7 hears. She has attended and completed many post-doctoral seminars on pregnancy, fertility, pediatrics, functional movement/rehabilitation, and functional medicine.

BA, Sports Medicine and Athletic Training, University of the Pacific
Doctor of Chiropractic, National University of Health Sciences

Webster Technique, ICPA
Mercier Therapy Practitioner


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