Acupuncture treatment applied in the 4 weeks before the due date for delivery has been found by some midwifes to reduce the rates of medical induction and emergency caesarian. It also has been shown to encourage cervical ripening and may shorten active phase labour time. (All references)
Preparing for labour
Clinical studies have shown that women who have acupuncture once a week in the month leading up to their due date may have shorter active phase labours, fewer medical inductions and fewer emergency caesareans compared to women who do not have acupuncture.
For those women who have premature rupture of membranes or who are scheduled for a medical induction, acupuncture can be used in an attempt to encourage the start of labour. This treatment may need to be repeated three days in a row.
Partners or support persons can learn how to use acupressure points for pain relief during labour. Please ask us for more information if you are interested.