Monica Mae Leibson teams up with the Providence Alternative Birthing Center in Southfield.
Monday May 9th 2011 @ 6:30 pm
Resident pregnancy specialist, Monica Mae Leibson will be teaching a portion of the birthing classes at Providence.
The class will be a hands-on lecture focusing on Acupressure during Labor. Acupressure has been shown to help during labor in the following ways:
- Decreases pain
- Relieves a cervical lip
- Promotes efficient labor & effective pushing
- Helps to re-position a baby in a breech or posterior position
- Reduces nausea and vomiting
- Reduces high blood pressure
- Support the milk to come in fully after birth
Monica will also be discussing the pre-birth protocol which is one acupuncture treatment weekly starting at 36 weeks.
Benefits of Pre-Birth Acupuncture (weekly starting at week 36):
Research has demonstrated that the mean duration of labor in a group of women giving birth for the first time was reduced from 8 hours & 2 minutes in the control group (70 women) to 6 hours and 36 minutes in the group of women (70) who had received pre-birth acupuncture.
Decreases medical intervention:
Data on 169 women was gathered by 14 midwives as part of their midwifery practice in New Zealand. It found that when comparing all caregivers (midwives, general practitioners, and specialists) to those women who received pre-birth acupuncture there was:
- An overall 35% reduction in the number of inductions (for women having their 1st baby there was a 43% reduction)
- A 31% reduction in the epidural rate
- A 32% reduction in cesarean delivery
- A 9% increase in vaginal births
Turns Breech/Posterior babies:
Breech babies are ideally treated between 34-36 weeks gestation. This generally includes an acupuncture treatment with women being shown how to continue treatment at home with a moxa stick (an herb that has been shaped into a cigar-like stick and held over acupuncture points).
Acupuncture treatments can stimulate labor in a woman who is past her due date. Research has shown that acupuncture takes from 3 to 60 hours to initiate contractions. At least two treatments are recommended.
Please call Acupuncture Healthcare Associates if you would like to attend the classes at 248-737-7126. You can also RSVP through the website at www.acupunctureinmichigan.com
For those who are unable to attend the class but would like more information, Monica can be reached at
Monica is an acupuncturist who specializes in pregnancy & childbirth. She is also a birth & postpartum doula.
The class is presented by The Providence Alternative Birthing Center. http://www.stjohnprovidence.org/Women/Pregnancy
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