LABOUR
PREPARATION

PREPARE YOUR 
BODY FOR BIRTH

LABOUR PREPARATION

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At Holistic Acupuncture, we offer a labour preparation plan. Our aim is to prepare the whole body for birth. During the sessions we use particular acupuncture points in the body to promote labour. We recommend you starting to prepare for birth anywhere from 30-37 weeks. 

We focus on all pre physiological events involved in birth preparation. Treatments aim at reducing the time spent in labour, prevent tearing and lessen the rate of medical intervention including medical inductions and caesarian sections. (1)

 

 

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

 

BENEFITS OF LABOUR PREPARATION ACUPUNCTURE

 

At Holistic we work with all aspects of birth preparation.

We treat and prepare the whole body to give birth, preparing your mind and body, rather than just stimulating points to start labour. Our treatments incorporate treating the front and back of the body. We have special pillows and support for pregnancy.

Labour preparation with acupuncture helps to:

INCREASE OXYTOCIN RELEASE

By promoting oxytocin release during the treatments, acupuncture can assist with milk production as well as relaxing the body and the pelvis to prepare for birth. 

ENGAGE BABY INTO THE PELVIS

There are specific acupuncture points used to engage the baby into the pelvis and assist with delivery and optimal baby positioning in the pelvis.

SOFTENS THE CERVIX

At holistic we incorporate specific treatment strategies which can help to soften the cervix. A soft cervix may prevent a medical induction and assist with the progression of the birth.

PROMOTE RIPENING OF THE CERVIX 

Research has demonstrated that the use of particular acupuncture points supported cervical ripening. We use specific points in the body to help with cervix dilation.(2)

1.Betts D and Lennox S, Med Acup 2006, 17, (3) 16 – 19 Medical Acupuncture

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

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