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There are only a sum of things that you may only do a small number of times in your life. Giving birth, would not be on the bottom of the list of pivotal life moments. So it is important to make sure the process runs smoothly.
We all know that gestation is a gradual process of growth for the new child. But we also need to be aware that giving birth is also a process that starts weeks before the actual due date.
At first the child needs to turn so it’s head is facing downwards. This usually occurs around week 30 or so, but can happen as late as 36, maybe 38 weeks, or possibly even during labor!
Next the baby needs to “engage” and have its head put pressure on the pubic bone. This usually begins around 34 to 36 weeks but usually the baby is not fully engaged until closer to the due date. As this happens more strongly it sends signals to the mother to prepare for labor. These signals are one of the ways contractions can be initiated.
For a smooth labor the cervix also needs to “ripen” and dilate. This usually happens in the days leading up to labor.
Acupuncture is one of the methods preferred by many women to help prepare their bodies. Acupuncture can assist with all these processes. There are no drugs involved. Weekly intervention, or treatments twice a week, therapeutically assist with the natural processes… with no side effects.
This approach is often preferred to more immediate interventions.
Immediate interventions like hormonal induction or c-section have traumatic effects on the body. The forced agenda they create does not sit in the flow of the natural rhythm.
As acupuncturists in birth induction treatment our aim is to strengthen the mother. She is about to do the hardest day’s work of her life. She has been working very hard for 9 months to feed and carry a baby.
We also need to help some things to relax. The pelvis has been preoccupied with not letting the baby follow gravity for months. It needs to prepare for the exact opposite to happen. Often the strength of holding up, is supplemented or replaced by tension. This tension involves fatigue and causes pain in the lower back and other areas.
By starting acupuncture around week 36 we can aid all the above processes. Our gentle treatment style can address any issues that arise. We assist the mother’s body in its natural processes, even if it is the first time and things are still very new.
We can also help with the more immediate need of stronger induction if the baby is not arriving.
Acupuncture has been shown to be very effective for induction. The treatment style can be done daily until the desired result is reached.
Dr Evan Pritchard is a registered practitioner of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine .....and has a passion for all things Chinese Medicine...Dr Pritchard has had much success in assisting with IVF and natural fertility from the initial stages of preparation through to conception, full term pregnancy, induction and birth support......He has a strong foundation in five element Qi Gong and meditation with more than 10 years experience in both practice and instruction.
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