Penny attended the Indiana ACNM chapter meeting this evening, and true to previous meetings, our time was spent sharing about our individual practices. One particular attendee, Christina Jackey CNM, discussed her new practice in Anderson addressing the specific needs of women from a functional medicine approach.
This modality wasn’t completely unfamiliar to me, but enough so that when I returned home, I began searching for greater understanding. Christina shared that she is working towards becoming a functional medicine practitioner, which she described as not specifically mastering a single complementary or alternative medicine modality but rather integrating all of them into the client’s care management.
As I read about function medicine on The Institute for Functional Medicine website, I found great similarities in their values and those of nurse midwifery; the functional medicine practitioner looks for the underlying cause of disease, understanding the entire person, building relationships and empowering consumers. Nurse Midwives typically limit themselves to maternity care, but those of us that have expanded our practice to include primary care would certainly identify with the principles of functional medicine.
Medical professionals can become a certified functional medicine practitioner by completing a certification course, including six individual modules: GI, Detox, Immune, Hormone, Cardiometabolic, and Energy Regulation. The initial week long course is about a $2,500 investment. Intriguing. I imagine we will see a shift in modern medicine, or divide as more and more consumers demand answers, rather than acute fixes.
Christina exuded a joyful pride in her new approach to women’s health, and the success she has become a part of, and certainly Indiana midwives could not be more happy for her and the fact that a medical practice, St. John’s Hospital in fact, is so supportive of her innovative approach to women’s healthcare.