Hi! My name is Danett Bean. I’m a Doctor of Acupuncture & Asian Medicine, women’s health specialist, author and speaker. While I considered myself to know and understand women’s health pretty well from so much study and clinical experience (see below), it was only after I had my son that I learned my biggest lesson yet on women’s health, maternal wellness. Soon after giving birth to my son, I hemorrhaged, which began a sequelae of events that I had never known mothers to go through. Up until then, I thought it was all pamper commercials and the sweet scent of newborn, but I soon learned that to not be true.
Between the effects of the labor, not having enough support, being put back on a newborn feeding schedule when my son was 5 months and accumulated years of trauma as a youth and racism, my body collapsed. I experienced so many ailments, from my joints going out where I couldn’t even hold my son as a baby to repeated dangerous infections, autoimmune diagnosis and more. While I almost perished at labor, that was a walk in the park compared to what the next 3 years of my life would be like. I promised to higher power that if I made it through, I would write about my experience, things I wish I had known beforehand and how to help other mothers not go through this. In 2017, I fulfilled this promise with my book, A Taste Of Our Own Medicine: Ending Postnatal Depletion, Nurturing Mothers and Healing Communities which went on to become an online bestseller.
Since the researching for and publishing of A Taste Of Our Own Medicine, there have been numerous gains. These include maternal health as more of a mainstream conversation and maternal morbidity being added to the classification system for disease diagnosis. Despite this, maternal mortality and morbidity continue to prevail, as does the racial disparity that black women are 3 times more likely to die as a result of childbirth. I believe that if we can go back and address the historical roots of racism, it’s resulting systematic oppression, and the beginnings of women’s health set up as a result of the need to further patriarchy, we can end maternal mortality and morbidity for good.
As a solution towards decreasing maternal mortality and morbidity, and increasing wellness and longevity for mothers, I created the Keeping It Healthy Mama Program. The Keeping It Healthy Mama Program is rooted in thousands of years of wisdom from Traditional Asian Medicine and my nearly twenty years of clinical experience. It consists of five tracks that support wellness for future mothers through pregnancy, postnatal life, and for the entire lifespan of mothers. The Keeping it Healthy Mama Program takes into account how to replenish vital energies that may be lost, or meridians (energy pathways) that may be severed during birth (from cesareans, episiotomies and tears). I believe that without there being a thorough understanding of the overall ways that birth, postnatal life, and racism can fully affect women’s health, we must approach it multidimensionally. I believe that the Keeping It Healthy Mama Program takes into account and addresses maternal health on different levels by taking into account the natural cycles that future and current mothers go through, as well as healing on mind, body and spirit levels.
The years that I went through in health crisis not only forever changed my life and my family’s life, but that of how I view and assist women with their health. Everyday I am thankful that I was not another maternal health statistic and with this gift of life I work to change the trajectory of maternal health. Read more about my writing and clinical experience below. Thanks and take good care.
- A Taste Of Our Own Medicine: 3 Vital Keys to Ending Postnatal Depletion, Nurturing Mothers and Improving Our Communities, which was self published. It launched in April 2017 and became an online bestseller in five categories on Amazon.
- Yoni Box, a blog that provides natural, safe and effective health resources to women. This extensive online reference launched in April 2015 and includes written as well as video entries.
- Fibroid Prevention Guide, which empowers women with practical hands on information that can help to reduce and prevent fibroids, self published in May 2016.
- “Heal The Mother, Heal The Earth” in PLANET HEAL: What would you do to heal planet Earth?
Invited Guest Speaker at/on
- WBAI’s Global Medicine Review
- The Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI) and Transforming The Temple
- Cable television’s Health Center
- Profiles in Global Healing
- LifeBEam Energetics The heal Self Workshop series
- The Unmentionables Festivals
- The Mother Wit Conference
- Brooklyn Public Library
- SUNY Downstate
- State of Emergency: Global Black Community: Town Hall Meeting
- Natural Mystics podcast
Clinical Experience and Honors include
- Traditional Asian Doctoral specialization in women’s health and geriatrics
- Certified in Chinese herbology, Eastern Nutrition, Earth Qi Gong for women, Vaginal Steaming
- NCCAOM Board Certified Diplomate
- New York State Licensed Acupuncturist
- New York State Acupuncture Board Member
- Clinical Instructor in the Department of Medicine at SUNY Downstate Medical Center
- Appointee of the medical staff of the University Hospital of Brooklyn.
- Former medical staff of Women’s Health Center Empowerment, Housing Works
- Former adjunct professor in obstetrics and gynecology at Pacific College of Health Science, NYC
“As mothers and women we often, if not always, put everyone and everything first. After 19 years I have finally found a holistic practitioner who works with me to help me regain balance and maintain passion for my own wellbeing. Dr. Danett has been wonderful and has provided me with a great amount of assistance since my first meeting with her. She is exceptionally thoughtful and thorough with her evaluation process and analysis. Within a matter of months I have experienced a tremendous amount of improvement in all of my concerns which caused me to seek her assistance in the first place. The herb recommendations, the detox plan, the regular virtual check-ins have all been very helpful in relieving me of the imbalance and pain that I have dealt with since having my son 19 years ago and especially my daughter 12 years ago. I suffered from painfully chronic cramps, abdominal discomfort, excess loss of blood and a wide range of emotional and energy imbalances every month. My life literally revolved around my periods. Meeting her and having her assistance has been an extreme calm in the storm and I am very grateful for the experience. I encourage any and everyone who seeks to regain a self empowered, balanced experience and an educated holistically progressive connection to the ever changing aspects of life—make an appointment with her.”
“I had a horrible-ish pregnancy with my 3rd child. I had never gone to my due date and I was pretty much there ready for this baby to come out. Dr. Danett did some points on me and I got some rest, then went into labor in the morning. By the time the midwife came, I was in the last stage of labor. The path was open and she came out easily. I am so grateful to Dr. Danett for helping my labor to progress and for being so caring and tender in my time of frustration.”
“When I reflect on the treatment I have received from Dr. Danett, I am filled with such gratitude. Through following her recommendations of herbal remedies, diet and lifestyle recommendations my suffering has eased from fibromyalgia, PTSD, depression, menstrual discomfort and smoking cessation. I could not imagine that I could feel so much better from where I began. Today, I’m not in pain anymore, the world is a much brighter place and I have a beautiful daughter! I’m deeply grateful for the healing from Dr. Danett. There is no way to truly thank her enough.”
“When I decided to take care of myself more I was introduced to Dr. Danett’s Feminine Balance herbal supplement. I open it up and take it as a tea first thing in the morning. I felt the difference right away, it left me feeling more whole, like I had more of myself to work from. It makes me feel more nurtured and replenished like a hot bath and massage after a hard day. It’s an amazing formula that I would recommend to any woman who is ready to do something serious to prepare for pregnancy!”
“Dr. Danett is a brilliant doctor and a compassionate spirit. She listens even better than she speaks (which is pretty remarkable) to uncover the root causes of my health imbalance. She is patient, but persistent in her healing methods, and really integrates them well, so that all things are working together. That kind of mindfulness is not easily found. Dr. Danett has helped me form better lifestyle habits, and thanks to her, I’m the healthiest I’ve ever been.”
“I have known Dr. Danett for nearly 9 years. Over the years, each one of my family members and friends that I have referred to Dr. Danett adore her. There have been many occasions where she has literally saved my life. The healing journey can be experienced as transformation — the little death and rebirth. When you don’t know what is wrong and how to go about healing, it can be very frightening. On each occasion when I was fortunate enough to have Dr. Danetf work with me through my healing journey, I was indeed reborn and grateful to have been lovingly cared for, listened to and heard. Her vast body of knowledge, and experience, combined with her intuitive knowing of what to do and how to do it is an invaluable combination. I am very grateful to have Dr. Danett in my life and am blessed when it comes to my healing journey because I am cared for and healed by an Angel. Thanks Dr. Daneff. You are the best.”
“Dr. Danett, I am so grateful for you and the attention and care you have provided me over the years. I am healthier because of you!”
“Dr. Danett is a god send. I don’t know what I would do without her!”
“Thank you Dr. Danett for being such an amazing healer to me all of these years!”