Regular acupuncture from week 37 of a pregnancy can help prepare a woman’s body for birth, with the emphasis on preparing the cervix and pelvis for labour, as well as building Qi and Blood to ensure that resources are adequate for the journey ahead.
As we approach full-term, emphasis shifts from birth preparation to actively encouraging labour to begin. Labour induction using Acupuncture, Acupressure and massage can be very effective once mum and bub are ready to go.
From her home clinic at Banora Point, registered acupuncturist Tanya Kane uses acupuncture, electroacupuncture, acupressure and massage to:
- encourage cervical ripening and opening
- innervate the muscles of the pelvis to prepare for the birthing process
- stimulate the production of Oxytocin to signal the ripened cervix when it is time to begin labouring
- initiate deep relaxation to allow the mind to ‘step aside’ and let the body lead the way
A recent study (Levett et al, 2016, p7) shows a significant improvement in epidural and caesarian rates, length of the second stage of labour and other post birth complications for women who, along with their birth partners, were educated in the use of acupressure, massage, visualisation, relaxation and breathing, plus yoga techniques. All clients seeking labour preparation/induction receive a clear and easy to follow handout on the location and application of acupressure points. Partners are also invited to come in for a look at these points ‘in the flesh’.
Acupuncture can also be used to address particular medical condition such as pregnancy-induced hypertension, heartburn and haemorrhoids. Additionally, Acupuncture can assist in dealing with emotional problems such as frustration, fear or anxiety.
Call or message Tanya now on 0413672160, or click on the ‘Book Now’ tab to the right to get started.