Tristin has spent several years in intense study of Hunyuan medicine with Dr. Yaron Seidman, with whom she co-authored Hunyuan Fertility: Conception, Babies and Miracles. She is the creator of Hunyuan Birth, a unique childbirth education course grounded in Hunyuan medicine principles and Xinfa (Heart method) techniques. She has studied reproductive medicine and pregnancy with some of the top Chinese medicine practitioners including Debra Betts, LAc, Sharon Weizenbaum, LAc, Jane Lyttleton, LAc, Brandon Horn, LAc, and many others. Tristin is an advocate of The Birth Survey, part of the Coalition for Improving Maternal Services (CIMS). In addition, Tristin has an interest in whole food nutrition and is studying the Foundations of Nutritional Therapy with the International Foundation for Nutrition and Health.


Outside of her work, Tristin has two homeschooling children, both born at home attended by wonderful midwives. In addition to furthering her Chinese medicine education, she enjoys studying permaculture, eating straight from the garden, foraging for edible and medicinal plants, hatching baby chicks and being amused by the zany antics of her backyard turkeys.

Tristin McLaren, LAc/EAMP, CCE

  • Founder of Bird & Bee Acupuncture & Birth Services
  • Founder of the Hunyuan Birth Method
  • Licensed Acupuncturist (LAc)/East Asian Medicine Practitioner (EAMP)
  • Certified Hunyuan Practitioner
  • Certified Childbirth Educator (Childbirth International)
  • Board Member and Fellow of Hunyuan Research Institute
  • Instructor for Hunyuan Research Institute of Washington State
  • Professional member of the International Foundation for Nutrition and Health




Tristin McLaren, LAc, CCE, holds a Master's Degree in Acupuncture from Bastyr University and a Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology, with an emphasis in Medical Anthropology, from the University of Washington. She is a licensed acupuncturist (now called East Asian Medicine Practitioner, EAMP) in Washington State and is board certified by the National Commission for Certification in Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She is also a Certified Childbirth Educator by Childbirth International. Tristin has extensive clinical training from Bastyr Center for Natural Health and Harborview Medical Center where she received training from some of the leading Chinese Medicine practitioners in the Seattle area.



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