As your due date approaches, there are several natural therapies that prepare your body for birth. Labour induction acupuncture can help with softening of the cervix, encourage proper positioning of the fetus, and improve pain management during labour.1 A recent study found that women who received acupuncture near their due date were more likely to labor spontaneously (70% vs. 50%), and less likely to require a cesarean section (39% vs. 17%).2 Treatment success rates varies between individuals, depending on due date, number of previous births and pre-existing conditions.
Breech presenation, meaning the baby is buttucks down instead of head down, occurs in approximately 3-4% of all births. Breech presentation can be frustrating for the mother-to-be as approximately 87% of all breech presentations result in Cesarean section. Traditional Chinese Medicine uses acupuncture and moxibustion (the burning of herbs) over specific points to help turn a breech baby.3 The best time to try and turn a baby is 32-37 weeks when the baby still has room to change positions.
A large study of 226 pregnancy women found that acupuncture plus moxibustion significantly decreased the need for Cesarean section due to breech presentation from 67% to 52%.3 If you have been diagnosed with a breech baby, beginning acupuncture and moxibustion before 37 weeks will offer the best chance successful treatment.
1. Jones L. Pain management for women in labour: an overview of systematic reviews. Journal of Evidence‐Based Medicine. 2012 May 1;5(2):101-2.
2. Harper TC, Coeytaux RR, Chen W, Campbell K, Kaufman JS, Moise Jr KJ, Thorp Jr JM. A randomized controlled trial of acupuncture for initiation of labor in nulliparous women. The journal of maternal-fetal & neonatal medicine. 2006 Jan 1;19(8):465-70.
3. Neri I, Airola G, Contu G, Allais G, Facchinetti F, Benedetto C. Acupuncture plus moxibustion to resolve breech presentation: a randomized controlled study. The Journal of Maternal-Fetal & Neonatal Medicine. 2004 Apr 1;15(4):247-52.