Acupuncture, Herbs, Reiki
Acupuncture is an effective and comfortable method of inducing past due babies, and it surely is gaining popularity as women with uncomplicated pregnancies seek to avoid conventional medical induction.
Acupuncture induction is safe and effective and works harmoniously with the delicate hormonal balance of pregnancy to induce labour. Although acupuncture is very effective it works according to a different, less-aggressive philosophy to Western Medicine and therefore a specific time frame for outcome can be difficult to guarantee.
In order to induce labour using acupuncture a woman’s energy needs to be invigorated and moved downwards and outwards to allow her baby to be born. The baby also needs to be stirred from a relatively restful, nourishing, restorative (Yin) state to an active, moving, dynamic (Yang) state. This process can naturally take time depending on the readiness of both mother and baby. Generally, if a baby is mature, acupuncture will assist in promoting labour; if the baby is not ready, then induction may take longer.
From anecdotal experience, acupuncture is very effective in inducing women who are past their due dates, especially if they are prepared to commit to daily sessions and allow adequate time before medical induction is scheduled. I find that women will often progress into labour after their first treatment, but more commonly after 2-5 treatments. However there is no set number of treatments and every pregnancy is different.
It is prudent, therefore, to advise women to commence daily acupuncture induction treatment from at least 4 days prior to their medically scheduled induction. This ensures reasonable opportunity for the treatment to take full effect.
If a woman is showing signs of pre-labour rumblings – such as cramping lower back pain, mild downward bearing sensation or diffuse abdominal tightening – it is highly likely that she will progress into labour post treatment.
Some women will have little sensation during the treatment while others experience downward movement, urinary urge and abdominal tightening during and up to 5 hours post treatment. In any event, a woman is best advised to go straight home after treatment, remain quiet and allow her body to take deep rest in preparation for the energy requirements of labour.
Induction treatment can also be considered to stimulate contractions in women experiencing spurious labour or those whose membranes have ruptured but labour has not spontaneously begun. If successful, the risk of infection is reduced and use of prophylactic antibiotics may be avoided.
The use of Acupuncture to induce labour is a safe, natural, viable alternative to Western medical induction for past due babies and well worth expectant mothers considering should they wish to avoid the possibility of medical induction. It might also be considered in cases of spurious labour or ruptured membranes with non-progressive labour. It is crucial, however, that women be advised to allow adequate time for treatment to take effect. (Source Partly: http://www.pregnancy.com.au, Karen Pohlner)