LABOUR
PREPARATION

SUPPORTING 
NATURAL BIRTH

LABOUR PREPARATION

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At Holistic Acupuncture, we offer a labour preparation plan. The sessions aim to prepare the whole body for labour encouraging women to have a natural birth, possibly reducing the need of an emergency cesarian.

We suggest starting to prepare for birth anywhere from 35-36 weeks and continue ongoing weekly sessions. During the sessions we will discuss the use of acupressure for birth as well as address any present pelvic pain previous to birth.

 

 

“At Holistic, we work close together to achieve a birth as close as possible to your birth plan.”

 

BENEFITS OF LABOUR PREPARATION ACUPUNCTURE

Studies (1) have demonstrated women who have acupuncture once a week, 4 weeks before their due date delivery, may reduce medical inductions, epidurals and emergency caesarians compare to women who do not have acupuncture.

Acupuncture has also been shown to assist with cervical ripening (2), possibly reduce labour pain and duration.(3)

RESEARCH

1.Betts D, Lennox S. Acupuncture for prebirth treatment: an observational study of its use in midwifery practice. Med Acup. 2006;17(3): 16-19.

2. Rabl M, Ahner R, Bitschnau M, Zeisler H, Husslein P (2001) “Acupuncture fro cervical ripening and induction of labour at term – a randomised controlled trial”, Wien Klin Wochenschr 113 (23-24):942-6

3. Hantoushzadeh S et al, Acupuncture and Pregnancy; The effects of acupuncture during labour on nulliparous women: a randomised control trial. Australian and New Zeland Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 2007;47(1);26-30

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