Acupuncture treatment applied in the 4 weeks before the due date for delivery has been shown to reduce medical induction and emergency caesarian rates. It also has been shown to encourage cervical ripening and shorten labour time. (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 have shorter labours, fewer medical inductions and fewer emergency caesareans compared to women who do not have acupuncture.
Correcting breech and posterior baby positions using acupuncture and moxa, is ideally commenced at week 33 or 34.
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.