Learning to Birth is blessed to have long term friend and mentor of Akasha’s, Heather Bruce on the summit! This is a fun and unique interview with bonus educational footage linked in the video.
The mother of four children states she helps clients reset their bodies back to a self-healing cycle.
The multifaceted New Zealand native, Heather Bruce, completed her acupuncture training in Brisbane in 1979. She concurrently trained as a naturopath, massage therapist and Western herbalist.
Her impressive practice includes Chinese herbs and Reiki, with Heather adding in 2014, Arvigo/Maya abdominal therapy and, in 2016, Mercier work. Heather specialises in assisting those who IVF has failed, and repairing bellies post C-section.
Her career began when she fell “accidentally pregnant,” she comically notes during the interview.
Heather’s husband was struggling with health issues and found the solution within the ancient art and wisdom of acupuncture. Wanting to assume health sovereignty for her family, Heather became one of the first female acupuncturists practising in Brisbane during the late ’70s at the same time using naturopathy and Western herbs.
The path she took to acupuncture wasn’t straight and narrow. “Initially I knew nothing about acupuncture. My husband at the time had really bad asthma. He was going to a local acupuncturist and it got heaps better. He kept saying ‘maybe you should do this’ — I think he was thinking of the money we’d save,” Heather jokes.
Not a woman to be stopped, Heather got herself to Acupuncture classes in Brisbane, by hitch-hiking, hundreds of kilometres up and down the northern NSW coastline, with her baby strapped on the front, and carrying cloth nappies, and textbooks, in the 1970s when none of these things were common. “I’ve gone into life medicine,” says Heather.
Much of her hard-won knowledge she has learned for herself. “When I was learning about acupuncture there was nothing written about pregnancy. There was also no need for IVF or people saying ‘you’ve got to have an obstetrician’. It was women’s business.”
Heather feels women could learn a lot about their birthing and conception issues simply by talking to their grandmothers and learning the old ways.
Heather became very good at reverse-engineering the causes for her patient’s conditions when nothing else offered by modern medicine could help them. Heather credits her success to thinking outside the box.
“It was a learning experience because when nothing else works for them, this person will keep coming back to your clinic, so what do you do to help them?”
“Back then, I was the only person working in pregnancy acupuncture, and the only acupuncturist going to births. Before there were doulas there was Heather Bruce,” jokes Heather.
Heather made herself available to attend home births when they were considered high risk so that her clients could easily birth at home without complication. Afterwards, she cared for her clients with her post-birth in-home services.
Heather is adamant that fathers and partners should be involved in the whole pregnancy and birth process — particularly supporting pregnant mothers towards birth.
Her conviction led her to write the tome What Dads Can Do — the sort of toolbox manual for pregnancy style of a book that a father would feel comfortable storing in his car’s glove box, or shed.