Several studies have shown that acupuncture may. Our clinical experience shows that the ideal way to prepare for birth is to seek weekly pre-birth acupuncture treatment and minimise the need for an acupuncture induction.
Through your acupuncture treatment your practitioner will be able to assess your overall health and vitality going into labour. The treatment will be targeted to building your energy, addressing any pre-birth anxiety and relaxing your body for the birth.
Acupuncture labour inductions
Sometimes, a woman may exceed her due date and wish to use acupuncture to induce birth. With the permission of her medical practitioner, an acupuncture induction treatment may be conducted. It is important to note that this is often a course of treatment involving acupuncture treatments being given every two days until labour commences.
A study showed that women who received acupuncture on their due date and every two days afterwards shortened the days until their delivery (5 days) in comparison with the non-acupuncture group (7.9 days). The acupuncture group did not experience any greater number of cases of difficult delivery than the control group suggesting that inducing the birth did not compromise safety. Rabl M et al (2001) "Acupuncture for cervical ripening and induction of labour at term - a randomised controlled trial." Wien Klin Wochenschr; 113(23-4):942-6
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