INDUCTION
ACUPUNCTURE

INCREASE YOUR CHANCES 
OF A NATURAL BIRTH

INDUCTION ACUPUNCTURE GOLD COAST

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Most commonly a woman becomes post term, meaning she has significantly past her due date, which falls at 40 weeks. Although a full term pregnancy can last anywhere from 38 to 42 weeks. There is often an imposed medical limit as to the number of days past 40 weeks that the pregnancy is allowed to continue as the uterine environment will begin to deteriorate compromising foetal health.

Induction is also considered if the mother’s health or life would be endangered by continuing the pregnancy. Diabetes, heart condition, kidney disease, severe pre-eclampsia (high blood pressure) are some of the health problems which can affect mother’s health.

When labour fails to progress, syntocinon (a hormone) is given intravenously to induce contractions. The disadvantages of hormonally induced labour are that women often find the contractions too intense, painful and difficult to cope with and will often require epidural anaesthesia to deal with the pain of labour.

“Acupuncture for labour can prevent medical induction, dramatically reduce pain and time spent on labour .”

Benefits of induction acupuncture Gold Coast

Acupuncture treatments can assist to prepare the woman’s body for labour as efficiently as possible and prevent medical intervention, increasing the chances of a natural birth. Once we prepare the body for birth with acupuncture, if a medical induction still required, the natural process of giving birth tends to flow very smoothly still reducing further medical interventions.  

  Induction acupuncture works by releasing natural oxytocin in the body which will help to:

  • Increase contraction intensity and frequency

  • Soften or ripen the cervix

  • Engage baby into the pelvis

  • Reduce time spent in labour

  • Prevent medical induction

  • Dramatically reducing pain felt during labour

  • Reduce medical intervention                (sintocinon, epidural, cesarian)

  • Reduces stress and anxiety, which are contributors of a prolonged labour

  • Assist with milk production 

IS INDUCTION ACUPUNCTURE SAFE?

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Acupuncture for induction is extremely safe for the mother and the baby. There are no side effects from the treatments. Mothers will often feel very calm and relaxed after the session.  

The treatments are gentle and very effective. We work in conjunction with midwives and patients from the Gold Coast hospital and the Birthing Centre as well as patients attending the Mater Hospital in Brisbane.

Midwives often recommend patients seeing us in preparation for birth and particularly on the day they have the “stretch and sweep” or “membrane sweep” performed. 

 

WHEN TO START INDUCTION ACUPUNCTURE

We recommend starting treatments to prepare for birth anywhere from 32 weeks. However, if you don’t commence treatments at 32 weeks, you can still highly benefit from the treatments. The sooner you start preparing for birth, the better will be to prepare mother and baby for delivery. 

A lot of overdue mothers only discover about induction acupuncture, when they are already 39, 40, 41 weeks pregnant. Acupuncture can also help as well at “last minute treatment” as it will still assist to prepare the body for birth by increasing oxytocin to bring on a natural labour.

 

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