Acupuncture for childbirth & postnatal
Labour preparation acupuncture
From 36 weeks pre-birth acupuncture can be used weekly to prepare the body for natural labour at term. Emphasis is on preparing the cervix and pelvis for childbirth with additional support for any individual medical conditions or symptoms.
Labour induction acupuncture
From 40 weeks or if a medical induction is required, induction acupuncture can be given. Frequency of treatment varies depending on the individual and induction is not guaranteed. However, clinical evidence supports acupuncture induction, and women going on to have medical induction show a more efficient labour, than those without the acupuncture induction. Treatment emphasis is on inducing labour, with additional support if the baby has not descended fully and for any individual medical conditions or symptoms that may affect childbirth.
Acupressure at each stage may be taught to supplement the acupuncture treatments and aide childbirth.
Postnatal acupuncture can be used to help with persistent uterine bleeding, after pains, night sweats, perineal discomfort, breast feeding problems, post natal depression and general recovery.
Source: Debra Betts (2006) “Acupuncture in Pregnancy & Childbirth”