An observational study in 2004* reviewed the effects of pre-birth acupuncture with 169 women, compared to local population rates for gestation at onset of labour, incidence of medical induction, length of labour, use of analgesia and type of delivery. In the acupuncture group there was an overall 35% reduction in the number of medical inductions, a 31% reduction in the epidural rate and a 9% increase in normal vaginal births. This small observational study is promising however more research is still needed in this area.
Post-partum care may include:
- General care and recovery techniques to improve overall health & vitality
- Caesarean section – wound healing and overall restoration of blood circulation of abdomen
- Supporting lactation
- Relaxation & stress relief
*Betts D., Lennox S. Acupuncture for prebirth treatment:An Observational study of its use in midwifery practice. Medical acupuncture 2006 May;17(3):17-20.