There are many cases where inducing labour is recommended for the safety and wellbeing of the baby, mother, or both. It is important to know what that means, and what your options are. That way, the best decision for you and your baby can be made. Here’s what you need to know…
What is labour induction?
Labour Induction is a medical term that describes a procedure which stimulates uterine contractions to bring on vaginal birth and delivery. There are a few Western medical ways to do this, which include scrapping the membrane or administering hormones; all of which come with their own side effects and risks, from low baby heart rate and oxygen supply, to bleeding and infection. This is why it is important to work along side your health care provider to make the best decision for you and your baby.
Acupuncture for labour induction
Not only is acupuncture a great, non-invasive, natural, drug-free approach to inducing labour, but also for preparing both Mom and baby for a safe labour and delivery. This practice has been used since the Jin Dynasty in China (year 266-420). There’s also current studies to date that show no known adverse effects from inducing labour through acupuncture. So, if your health care provider recommends induction and you’re looking to avoid a medical induction, acupuncture is a low-risk, effective option for you.
Here’s how it works
Acupuncture stimulates points to not only increase Mom’s own oxytocin levels (to help soften the cervix), but also to increase her energy levels and circulation. This helps nourish the pelvic floor, muscles, and organs, further preparing for labour, while giving Mom the boost she needs to deliver baby. Why? Well, because it’s hard work!
How fast does acupuncture induce labour?
The time that it takes to bring on labour varies from person to person and case to case. However, it can be as quick as a few hours after one treatment, or it can take a few treatments over a few days. In most cases though, women who receive acupuncture for induction, go into labour within 1-3 treatments. When more than one treatment is required they’re generally spaced apart by 24 to 48 hours.
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