Preparing for Labor

Acupuncture for Birth Preparation and Natural Labor Induction

Acupuncture has received lots of attention over the years for it’s success in natural labor induction.  What many women don’t know is that receiving regular acupuncture treatment in the weeks leading up do delivery, carries with it a whole host of benefits including:

    • Increase likelihood for optimal fetal position – leads to shorter active labors and decreases chances of interventions such as medically induced labors and/or Cesarian sections
    • Increase cervical ripening – read the study here
    • Reduce chances of intervention such as medically inducing labor and/or Cesarian sections
    • Increases and helps maintain energy levels during labor
    • Reduces stress, anxiety and fear leading up to and during labor
    • Reduces risk of elevated blood pressure

Treatment Recommendations

I recommend women begin weekly acupuncture treatments at week 34 of pregnancy.  If you are approaching 40 weeks, your water has broken but you are experiencing contractions or your healthcare providers are anxious to get things moving, we can begin induction treatments.  This typically consists of one to four treatments in short succession.  Women often report feeling contractions during their first treatment.