Hi! My name is Danett Bean. I’m a Doctor of Acupuncture & Asian Medicine, a women’s health specialist, author, and speaker. After many years of studying women’s health, I learned my biggest lesson on maternal wellness after giving birth to my son. I hemorrhaged soon after the birth, which began a sequence of events that I had never known mothers to go through. Until then, I thought it was all Pamper commercials and the sweet scent of newborns, but I soon learned that to not be true.
Between the effects of the labor, lack of 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 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. I almost perished in labor, but that was a breeze compared to the next 3 years of my life. I promised a higher power that I would write about my experience to help other mothers not go through this if I made it through. In 2017, I fulfilled this promise with my book, A Taste Of Our Own Medicine: Ending Postnatal Depletion, Nurturing Mothers and Healing Communities, which became an online bestseller.
There have been numerous gains since the researching for and publishing of A Taste Of Our Own Medicine. 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 due to childbirth. If we can go back and address the historical roots of racism, its 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.
My life’s work is dedicated to serving women and improving maternal health and wellness for pregnancy, postnatal life, and beyond. With my twenty years of clinical experience, along with the wisdom from one of the oldest medical systems in existence, Traditional Asian Medicine and modern technology, I help women stay healthy for their entire lifespan. This includes creating customized plans using herbal medicine, meridian graphing, acupuncture, laser acupuncture, acupressure, gut biome testing, nutrition, supplements, lifestyle recommendations and more to boost health. This results in overall wellness for women, helping them to boost their fertility if desired and improve the childbirth process. Postnatally, I help mothers replenish the lost energies or meridians (energy pathways) that may be severed during birth (cesareans, episiotomies, and tears). And, assisting seasoned mothers to strengthen their root health for longer, healthier lives. Without 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 address maternal health on different levels by considering the natural cycles that future and current mothers go through and healing on mind, body, and spirit levels.
: The years that I went through in the health crisis forever changed my life and my family’s life and how I view and assist women with their health. Every day 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. Thanks, and take good care.