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. Acupuncture, Acupressure and massage can be helpful for encouraging labour, as long as mum and bub are ready to go. In Chinese Medicine the saying goes – if the melon is ripe it will fall from the vine. I like to think of these treatments as giving that vine a little shake.
From her home clinic at Banora Point, registered acupuncturist Tanya Kane uses acupuncture, electroacupuncture, acupressure and massage to relax the muscles of the pelvis, stimulate points that strongly descend Qi (energy) in the body, and initiate deep relaxation to allow the mind to ‘step aside’ and let the body lead the way.
Additionally, Acupuncture can assist in dealing with emotional issues such as frustration, fear or anxiety.
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 for use in labour. Partners are also invited to come in for a look at these points ‘in the flesh’. Better still, join Tanya Kane and Esther McVicar of Free2beYoga, for their Birthing Babies workshops, running quarterly.
Call or message Tanya now on 0413672160, or click on the ‘Book Now’ tab to the right to get started.