Acupuncture induction is safe and effective and works harmoniously with the delicate hormonal balance of pregnancy to promote labor.
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 labor after their first treatment, but more commonly after 2-3 treatments. If acupuncture is going to be effective, it rarely requires 4 treatments.
In order to induce labor 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 labor; if the baby is not ready, then induction will be difficult to achieve.
The Postnatal period generally refers to the six weeks following childbirth. During this time the body starts to recover and return to the way it was before pregnancy.
In our society there can sometimes be an assumption and an expectation that a woman will feel completely recovered after this six-week period. Many women would recognize that it can take much longer than this to feel ‘back to normal’. Some women find that it can be a struggle and experience low energy, depression, and can have continued physical issues.
Mother Warming is a treatment that is given to women 4-5 days following birth. The treatment involves the gentle warming of the acupuncture meridians that run through the lower abdomen and lower back. It is a very nourishing and strengthening treatment, and it can be taught to partners to be carried out daily for 10-20 minutes. It involves using a moxa stick and warming acupuncture points on the abdomen and on the lower back for 5 – 10 minutes until they feel pleasantly warm.
Acupuncture can help increase your energy after birth. It can also be helpful with the following conditions:
- After pains
- Excess sweating
- Insufficient or excessive milk flow
- Postnatal depression
- Excess sweating
- Back pain and joint pain
A follow up visit approximately 10-14 days following birth can also be useful. It would be helpful to have one treatment a week for 3-4 weeks.
Chinese Medicine has the perfect tool kit to help turn breech babies, stimulate overdue births and support new moms with lactation, fatigue, insomnia and general recovery from birth.
I suggest reading the "The First Forty Days" by Heng Ou. She explains in detail what foods to eat and how to nourish your new body. I will continue to prescribe herbs and offer support.
Labor Induction & Postpartum
60 min. $117.00
What My Clients Say
Returning to Self with Moxa
“I had a hard labor and delivery with my first pregnancy and came to see Heather for a mother warming treatment and to get post labor support. She gave me and acupuncture treatment and did moxa on my abdomen. During the treatment I could feel the warmth, energy and sense of myself come back. It was a profound experience and I don't feel so overwhelmed."
More Sleep, Less Stress
“Being a new mom, I was very stressed out and didn't really have enough support. My son wouldn't sleep through the night. I came to see Heather after four weeks of only 3-4 hours of sleep a night. Heather identified some potential allergens in my diet and after I removed them Conner started sleeping through the night. I couldn't believe it! I wish I would have come sooner."
Improved Milk Production
“As an older woman I had problems with very little milk production. After seeing Heather for acupuncture and lots of herbal formulas and diet changes, I went from almost no milk to enough in a few weeks. I'm so grateful I get to breast feed, I wouldn't want to miss this experience."
Nourishing a mom post labor is not a luxury; it's essential.
Life after delivery can be very exciting and new, but also chaotic and exhausting. Spending 90 minutes in a session can work miracles.