Meet Dr. Danett

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.

My Writings

  • 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