When you’re ready to welcome your little bundle into the world, but they seem to have other ideas, acupuncture can be an incredibly effective tool in gently and safely moving baby along.
From her home clinic at Banora Point, Tanya Kane combines acupuncture, electroacupuncture, massage and acupressure to:
- encourage cervical ripening and opening
- stimulate the production of oxytocin to signal the ripened cervix that it is time to begin labouring
- innervate the muscles of the pelvis to prepare for the birthing process
- 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’.
When a medical induction is looming, Acupuncture and acupressure can often be enough to trigger the labouring process, but even if it doesn’t have the desired effect, feedback from midwives suggests that women treated with Acupuncture as compared to those who have not been treated, are more likely to have an efficient labour following the administration of Prostaglandin treatment, with no further intervention required (Betts, D 2006, p153).