New Mother Care

The first month postpartum is a lovely and important time for mother and baby to bond. It is critical that the mother have the opportunity to rest and recover. Birthing is an exhausting and draining experience even when all goes well, and many women need much more support for their recovery than our modern culture offers.

Golden Month

Traditional Chinese Medicine calls this first month after birth the “Golden Month” and recognizes how essential it is to care for the mother so that she can care for the child.

The loss of blood from birthing can lead to a loss of vitality, and a new mom can find it to be a very vulnerable time as she faces the demands of learning to care for a new baby, perhaps while still caring for older children.

It can be both physically and mentally challenging!


  • Postpartum Fatigue/Exhaustion
  • Postpartum Depression (“Baby Blues”)
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Insufficient Lactation/Milk not Flowing
  • Mastitis
  • Abdominal Pain/Cramping
  • Persistent Lochial Discharge
  • Urinary Difficulty
  • Sweating
  • Constipation
  • Poor Digestion
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Postpartum Fever
  • Muscular aches/pains


Golden Month Founders

Golden Month MotherCare was founded by Marnie McCurdy, L.Ac and Joey Bennett, L.Ac to offer their services to mothers in the days and weeks just after their babies are born. We feel that new moms need to be treated while they are still settling in with their babies, and that mothers benefit most from home visits that are only minimally disruptive to the family’s nesting and comfort. Marnie and Joey are both mothers themselves, and feel it is very important for new moms to be at ease in their own environment, and still receive the highest quality of care.

At-home Care Service

Golden Month MotherCare is an at-home care service for new mothers (in their first month postpartum), utilizing TCM modalities to treat common postpartum conditions and support the strength and spirit of the mother and baby.

Trained Practitioners

We are a consortium of highly trained practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine (acupuncture and herbal medicine) and related healers who specialize in the care of postpartum mothers.

Jennifer Yau has been a licensed massage therapist since 2000. She understands the mind-body-spirit connection and has a life-long fascination with the human body and energy medicine. In addition to her training as a massage therapist, she is a certified Holistic Health Counselor, with an advanced certification in colon therapy. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and has a master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco.

Her modalities include four levels of Vibrational Healing massage therapy, Emei Medical Qi Gong, Tui Na, Shiatsu, Reflexology, Prenatal, Deep Tissue, Swedish, Sports Massage, Lymphatic Drainage, Hot Stone, Acupressure,Foot Bone Rehabilitation, Aromatherapy, Cranial sacral Balancing, Chakra balancing, Aromatherapy, Herbal and Nutritional counseling.

Her sessions afford a good balance between hard and soft, ranging from a combination of massage modalities and energy rebalancing with acupuncture points, medical qi gong and vibrational healing. She is experienced with pain, shoulder, back and neck issues, nerve pain, rehabilitation, stiff muscles and joints, headache, stress, and fatigue. Sessions are unique and are catered to individual needs and will help you relax, release and re-center on a deep level.

Stephanie Haney, Licensed Acupuncturist and Diplomat of Oriental Medicine, provides integrative healthcare based on the traditions of Chinese medicine including acupuncture, orthopedic massage, and Chinese herbal remedies. This foundation is complemented with the use of functional medicine, western herbalism, and food-based approaches to align her clients with their natural state of wellness.

Beyond earning her 4-year Master’s degree at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, she has over 15 years experience in reproductive health as an educator, birth doula, and advocate. Stephanie has a particular interest working with women in all stages of life and health considerations. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Women’s Community Clinic.

Patricia Watters, L.Ac, CMT Patricia is a licensed acupuncturist and massage therapist and has been studying healing arts for over 20 years. Her passion is providing enjoyable, balancing treatments while empowering patients to better understand their bodies and feel great within them. She uses acupuncture and massage therapy as well as herbal medicine and dietary and lifestyle counseling.

Patricia earned her bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of Florida and focused on biological aspects. At this time she became interested in different healthcare practices around the world as well as the incidence of disease.

She received certificate in massage and hydrotherapy from the Florida School of Massage and since has studied a wide range of modalities including sports massage, Thai massage, Neuromuscular Reprogramming, and Cranio-sacral therapy.

Patricia received her Master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and further studied at Zhejiang Chinese Medical University in Hangzhou, China. She has clinical experience in private practice as well as ACTCM Community Clinic, Haight-Ashbury Free Clinic, and Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic


Book an Appointment:

605 Chenery Street Suite C
San Francisco, CA 94131

JoAnne Bennett: 415-377-1887
Marnie McCurdy: 415-987-7578