A Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine Clinic
Acupuncture for Labour Induction
Acupuncture has been used for centuries to promote natural labour. In Chinese Medicine, the philosophy is not to
force childbirth to happen when the body and/or baby is not ready but more encouraging the natural onset of labour
by promote the energy flow in the mother's body, especially in the uterus.
One small study at the University of North Carolina found that women who got acupuncture were more likely to go
into labor without a medical "push." The study included 56 women who were 39.5 to 41 weeks pregnant. Half of the
women got three acupuncture sessions, while the other half did not. 70% of the women who got acupuncture went
into labor on their own, compared to 50% who received standard care. The women who got acupuncture were also
less likely to deliver by cesarean section -- 39% compared to 17%. "We had almost a 50% reduction in the
C-section rate," says researcher Terry Harper, MD. Harper, who now practices maternal fetal medicine in
Albuquerque. She hopes acupuncture might one day help more women give birth vaginally.
Common Questions and Answers:
Is Acupuncture safe for me and my baby?
Our practitioners have more then 30 years clinical experience. They know
which points combination to select to help every individual case to release an energetic blockage on certain meridian
that was preventing the normal onset of labour from occurring. For labour induction, we do not place any needle on
your abdomen, chest and back areas. The needles are only be placed on your legs, hands, feet and ears to
stimulate certain energy points to promote a natural labour.
What if I have complications with my pregnancy, such as Preeclampsia or Gestational Diabetes,
or other pre-existing medical conditions?
During your initial visit, our practitioners will inquire about all your relevant pre-existing medical conditions and take
them into account when formulating your treatment plan and selecting the appropriate acu-points for you. Conditions
such as Preeclampsia ( Preeclampsia is a condition of during pregnancy characterized by high blood pressure and
protein in the urine) and Gestational Diabetes often respond very well to acupuncture treatment and we can help
with the management of those conditions and their symptoms.
When should I start having Acupuncture and how often do I need to go?
The best way to approach a natural onset of labour is with pre-labour sessions. It is always better to start earlier
because during late term pregnancy, things gets a bit harder due to both physical stress to the body and
psychological stress people put themselves under.
According to our 30 years clinical experience, most cases need between 2 and 5 sessions of acupuncture treatment
based on 2 to 3 sessions per week before a natural labour occurs. Some cases may need a few more sessions
depending on the age of pregnant women, first pregnancy or had labour previously, and other health conditions.
What can I expect during an Acupuncture session?
A typical first session involves an initial assessment during which the practitioner takes your medical history and
history of the pregnancy. Your wrist pulse will be taken and tongue examined. Your acupuncturist will develop a
treatment plan for you. The actual acupuncture session will take about 20 to 40 minutes in a relaxed environment.
You wouldn't feel a urgent contraction right away during a session. You may notice a contraction increase gradually
and gently in between the sessions.
How else will Acupuncture help me for the labour?
The treatment principles we employ are to calm the mind to help the mom get some rest and reduce stress,
strengthen the energy for when the contraction start and gently move the energy around the uterus, so the fetus
may drop into the correct position if they have not already. This moving of the energy will also help the physical
process occur in a timely fashion so that when the labour starts, both the mother and baby are ready at the same
Can Acupuncture help me after the birth of my baby and how?
Your body will have a lot of adjustment to make after the birth of your new baby and acupuncture can assist this by
strengthening your body to speed up recovery, help ensure good and even supply of milk and help with any other
difficulties encountered due to the birthing, such as haemorrhoids or exhaustion.
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