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Acupuncture is a safe way to get labor started when a women is past her due date. I never induce anyone who is not postdate, although I do use acupuncture as a routine pre-labor treatment which is incredibly effective.
Chances are is you are 40 weeks pregnant then you are stressed out; the phone never stops ringing, strangers comment that you must be having twins, its too hot or too cold, your not sleeping, nothing fits and you just keep wondering when this little critter will arrive? Actually, I love treating women during this miraculous and life altering time.
As a practitioner I employ all of the points that are contraindicated in pregnancy as well as points that address specific issues that may be affecting mom such as anxient, stress, insomnia, pain etc. These points help stimulate the uterus while helping efface the cervix and dropping the baby into optimal fetal position. Additionally, treatments help calm the moms mind and body which, in my opinion is one of the biggest roadblocks for getting labor going.
Acupuncture during Labor:
I had the fortune of taking an excellent class with Claudia Citkovitz, the leading American researcher on the benefits of using acupuncture to expedite labor and delivery. She currently heads a large, ongoing study at Lutheran Hospital in Brooklyn and is starting another one at Beth Israel in Manhattan.
Acupuncture can be a greatly effective tool when labor has stalled or is failing to progress.
There are many reasons why this can be happening:
* Baby is in a less than optimal position (possibly posterior)
* Mom is laboring on her back
* Mom is shutting down due to feelings of stress, fear, etc.
Specific acupuncture points can be used to help create a smooth labor pattern that has either failed to start or failed to progress. Points are also used to treat pain, headache, edema as well as constitutional issues that may be contributing to a stalled labor.
If a labor is moving smoothly than acupressure can be just as effective to help mom feel better through the contractions.