Rebecca's birth story

Watch Rebecca's story. 
My vision for the George Institute was to try to transform how we deliver health care so that we actually address the needs of the whole human being, body, mind, and spirit. 

Our inpatient data has helped to be able to show changes in length of stay, a slight decrease in cost, improvement in anxiety and depression with non-narcotic, non-addictive ways to help people heal. 

You know, it's interesting. My personal experience would suggest that it wasn't the therapies that changed my life. It was the sense of empowerment that I received by taking charge of my own return to wellness. 

My day consists of supporting women in the process of either staying pregnant, birthing a baby, or the discomforts that one can have after you have the baby. 

The doctor said, I see two. Let's see if there's a third. And my heart stopped. I said, you're kidding. And she said, no, you're having twins. 

I had gestational diabetes with the twins, so I was checked regularly here at the hospital. I was about 38 and 1/2 weeks or so when our doctor started saying, you know, I think you should have-- we're going to have a c-section because your twins are in breach and different positions that aren't going to allow you to have a natural childbirth. Never had surgery in my life before. So to know that there were ways that I could be treated to help ease my mind about what was going on and help me even with the healing process. 

We found that by using the alternative therapies with her medical care being in the hospital, we were able to keep anxiety and pieces down for her. 

I was really nervous the morning of our twins' surgery. And so she walked in and she said, today is the day that your twins were meant to be born. And I just remember that just lifted me to know that this was the right day to have them because I hadn't really been in labor, hadn't been given sort of a say in it. It was all kind of decided for me. We were telling jokes and laughing during surgery, and I felt very present, saw the babies when they were born. And no anxiety or fear. It was just a beautiful, joyous moment. 

Probably my darkest moment was when I just couldn't get up from the hospital bed. I was in so much pain. I was definitely being kind of thrown into motherhood at that moment. Yeah, I was just like, does anyone see that I'm in a lot of pain right here, and that this is hard? You know, I know I need to be taking care of my twins right now, but I'm exhausted and really in pain and had these two babies that were screaming for me. 

Western medicine is very, very excellent at physical aspects. But emotional aspects of what happens to you is really something we've been very good at in the past. 

I was just trying to kind of get feeling better. And she just kept reminding me that she was there, and that my recovery mattered, too. And she was the one who came in and said, Rebecca, you're going to blossom into motherhood. This will happen over the course of time. It doesn't have to happen right at this moment. And my mantra became, you will blossom into motherhood, just as she said. And so as time went on, I did. I bonded with my twins. We loved each other. I felt stronger and better. 

I think the piece that I love the best is this is a relationship. I help people to feel empowered to heal themselves. 

She was able to just put those healing hands on me and make me feel like I was healing and I was going to be OK so I could get on with life. So I'm totally grateful to her and do think she's a miracle worker. 

I have four children now, so I am truly in it, and it's great. I embrace it. I love the chaos. I thrive on it now. But anyway, yeah, it was worth the struggle. 

Having done this work, and the belief of doing full circle of helping people mind, body, and spirit, my hope is is that this is something that's going to be available for absolutely anyone who may need it in their lifetime for whatever needs that they have. 

I just had no idea that things like Reiki or massage or acupuncture would help me to heal faster. I just never even thought about any of that. So whenever we've had any kind of surgery for my daughter-- who has a submucous cleft palate, has had hearing issues-- we haven't hesitated to use alternative medicine in addition to western medicine. So the integrated approach, to me, is the best approach. 

Is the purpose of medicine to fix a problem or to suppress a symptom? Or is to help expose that individual, that human, to the fullness of joy that that is the capacity that we all have? And if we're not serving that, I think we aren't going all the way that we can go.