Acupuncture can be very effective to help encourage spontaneous labour. The treatment can be done from 41 weeks gestation (one week over due date). Needles are placed in the hands, feet lower leg and lower back and left in place for 30 - 40 minutes.
It can be beneficial to have several consecutive treatments for 2-4 days.There may be circumstances when it would be appropriate to consider this treatment prior to 41 weeks, but only under consultation with your midwife and/or consultant obstetrician.
The points we use are very proactive in stimulating the body to help signal that it is time to deliver the baby. These are the points that are never used during pregnancy, because they are so effective in stimulating the body to open and release.
Many mothers find this treatment reassuring; it is very gentle and safe, and most mothers find it helps to ease the pressure they may feel about having a hospital induction. In this treatment we have time to discuss your thoughts and feelings about potential induction, and we can help you to feel very clear about the physiology of the onset of labour, helping you to feel prepared about making the best choices for you and your baby.
In our experience having the acupuncture induction treatment seems to help the body to cope better if a hospital induction becomes necessary.
"Having gone 7 days overdue with my third pregnancy, I decided to try acupuncture to induce labour and avoid the need to be medically induced in hospital. Cheryl went out of her way to help me at short notice. Although it was my first experience of acupuncture her calm, confident but soothing manner enabled me to relax in the process.
During the treatment I experienced five or six strong contractions and they continued and increased when I got home. My beautiful daughter was born 7 hours later at home, just as I had wanted with no medical intervention. Thank you Cheryl, not only for your professional skill and expertise but also your gentleness, kindness and humanity."