Four weeks before I went into labor (with my second), I visited Monica weekly for acupuncture. My experience of receiving acupuncture in the third trimester of my pregnancy was relaxing, supportive, nourishing and beneficial. For the first time my cervix was finally ripened! It was even starting to open. My first delivery was almost 24 hours and after receiving acupuncture, my second delivery was less than 6 hours. I thank Monica for her wonderful treatments which I believe helped my body to prepare for the birth. Through the use of gentle acupuncture needling and massage, Monica helped me to fully relax and allow my growing body to soften and release tensions. My healthy baby and I are grateful for the care that we received.
– Deirdre S.
Benefits of Pre-Birth Acupuncture (weekly starting at week 36):
Shortens labor: 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 inNew 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
- 32% reduction in cesarean delivery
- 9% increase in vaginal births