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). However larger trials are needed to confirm these findings.
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.