Labor Preparation

 

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“I received a few labor induction acupuncture treatments at the end of my pregnancy. My doctor decided to induce me a week early due to health complications and I was not thrilled with the decision.  I wanted labor to start naturally and turned to acupuncture. Shannon worked her schedule to fit me in with short notice, was personable and caring, and the treatments worked! My water broke naturally just a few hours before I was supposed to go in and get induced. I have a happy and healthy baby boy.”

~Joleen 


 Labor Preparation

Labor preparation work can begin at 36 weeks. Appointments are scheduled weekly, until a women goes into labor.   Shannon tailors treatments to each woman through assessing where there body is within the spectrum of late pregnancy.   Generally, the first treatment (at 36 or 37 weeks) focuses on positioning of the baby and stress and anxiety reduction.   Treatments continue to work on positing and stress and each additional week focuses on cervical dilation, and  (nearing a women’s due date) acupuncture is used to help increase uterine contractions.

Studies have shown acupuncture’s ability to reduce labor duration and lowers cesarean and epidural rates.

One study included 169 women.  Information 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 birth

 


 

Acupuncture is a gentle way to nudge the body to head towards labor.  Shannon spends approximately an hour and a half with each patient when doing an induction treatment.  Needles are generally retained longer with induction treatments.

 Please call 608-819-6789 if you are not able to schedule an appointment within a week of trying to schedule.

 


Acupuncture And Labor Preparation Research

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.

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

The effectiveness of transcutaneous electrical stimulation at acupuncture points for increasing uterine contractions in 20 post-dates pregnant women was assessed in a controlled study. Subjects were randomly assigned to either a treatment condition, consisting of the application via surface electrodes of a 30-Hz current to the points “spleen 6” (lower leg) and “liver 3” (foot), or a placebo condition, in which the equipment was attached but not activated. The frequency and strength of uterine contractions were monitored for 1 hour prior to stimulation and then for the final 2 hours of a 4-hour test period. A significant increase in frequency and strength of uterine contractions was found in the electrically stimulated women compared with the placebo-group women. The possible physiologic mechanisms underlying this effect, and its implication for labor induction, are discussed.

Physiotherapy Department, Moorabbin Hospital, Melbourne, Australia.

PMID: 2783481 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE] Dunn PA, Rogers D, Halford K. 

Acupuncture Decreases Medical Intervention

 


 

cropped bio closer upShannon Gyles MSOM, CA, Owner

Acupuncturist & Chinese Herbalist

Shannon attended the Midwest College of Oriental Medicine where she earned a Master’s of Science in Oriental Medicine and Bachelors in Nutrition.  She is nationally board certified acupuncturist through NCCAOM and is a state certified acupuncturist.  Shannon is deeply committed to working with couples, helping facilitate healthy pregnancies and healthy babies.  She believes in the innate power of our bodies to create, maintain, and give birth to new life.  She has worked with many women to  enhance fertility,  address pregnancy related concerns, initiate labor, and restore health and well being postpartum.

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