Acupuncture can provide physical and emotional support to a woman during labour, birth and the immediate postpartum period. Pre-birth acupuncture refers to a series of treatments in the final weeks of pregnancy to prepare women for childbirth.
Research has shown pre-birth acupuncture treatments can reduce the duration of labour by over 2 hours and midwives have also reported their patients have a reduced rate of medical intervention during the birth. As a result there is greater satisfaction with the mother's birth experience.
Acupuncture treatments before birth are aimed at helping prepare the woman’s cervix and pelvis for the birth. Treatment can also help address medical conditions associated with pregnancy such as hypertension, heartburn, insomnia and haemorrhoids.