Jenny Allison is an acupuncturist, graduate of Acupuncture Colleges Australia and the Nanjing College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, China. She has a BA in languages and a diploma of teaching.
For the past 20 years her passion has been working, studying and teaching on the well-being of women and children with Traditional Chinese Medicine. She has trained in this area with traditional practitioners in London, Sydney and Hangzhou. With the births of her children, she developed her interest in the care of mothers after childbirth with Traditional Chinese medicine; this was reinforced when she spent time in West Africa and learnt about the postnatal traditions of her own multicultural family. She began talking with more mothers and grandmothers from other parts of the world, and was fascinated by the similarities in their traditions, and by how essential good care was for mother and baby in these societies. At the same time her training in Chinese medical theory was helpful in interpreting the reasoning behind their practices. She decided to record her experiences so that women from all over the world could share their knowledge and learn from each other.
Jenny's first book, Golden Month: Caring for the World's Mothers After Childbirth encapsulates her professional work and passion. It contains a decade's worth of research and personal anecdotes collected from women around the globe, sharing their stories and experiences for the mutual benefit of mothers the world over.
Jenny is married with two grown-up children, and lives in Auckland, New Zealand.