Pregnancy: Induction of labour
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Acupuncture is best used well in advance of medical intervention. Acupuncture can provide a gentle inducement to labour if the baby is overdue and can be an effective alternative to a medical induction. Treatment may be required daily or alternate days depending on your Chinese medical condition and reaction to treatment. The number of treatments required varies and one may be sufficient, although an average of three or more is usually required.

Research from Norway (1) on the use of acupuncture for women with premature rupture of membranes (PROM) concluded that, “Ideally acupuncture treatment should be offered to all women with PROM and other women who wish to use this method to facilitate their birth and keep it normal”.

Acupuncture offers drug free alternatives for pain relief during labour (2). Acupressure provides similar results (3) with the advantage that support people can use it during labour. A free booklet on using acupressure is available for women and their birth partner.

References:
(1) Gaudernack L, Forbord S, Hole E. (2007) Acupuncture administered after spontaneous rupture of membranes at term significantly reduces the length of birth and use of oxytocin . A randomised controlled trial. Midirs Midwifery Digest. Vol 17, No 2.
(2) Hantoushzadeh S. Alhusseini N. Lebaschi A. (2007) The effects of Acupuncture during Labour on Nulliparous Women: A Randomised Controlled trial. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. 47:26-30.
(3) . Chung UL J.( 2003) Effects of LI 4and BL 67 Acupressure on Labour Pain and Uterine Contractions in the First Stage of Labour. Nurs Res.11(4):251-60.