Acupuncture to induce labour
Using acupuncture to induce labour encourages your body to do what it would do naturally, but at an accelerated rate.
Our highly qualified Brisbane acupuncturists are experts in performing acupuncture to induce labour and are up to date with the latest research and protocols regarding acupuncture to induce labour.
Our acupuncturists deliver a two pronged approach in encouraging a happy, expeditious labour. This approach involves the use of acupuncture points which have been clearly demonstrated and evaluated to have an effect on increasing circulating oxytocin and proliferating oxytocin receptors on the uterus. Oxytocin is a vital hormone involved in the birth process and in the initial stages of bonding between mother and baby.
The second part of our approach in using acupuncture to induce labour involves the insertion of acupuncture needles at specific points in the lower back which mechanically excite the nerves which innervate the uterus, possibly promoting the first stages of minor contractions to begin.
When should you start acupuncture to induce labour?
At Integral Acupuncture Brisbane we typically suggest to begin acupuncture to induce labour at your due date or if you've been booked in for a medical induction which you are trying to avoid.
It is possible to begin acupuncture to induce labour before your due date if your body is showing signs that it is ready to begin birth, for example, baby is in a good position and engaged, dilation has begun, and, most importantly our Brisbane acupuncturists have the 'all clear' from your obstetrician or midwife to begin acupuncture to induce labour treatment.
Our team of Brisbane acupuncturists regularly work closely with obstetricians and midwives, so you know that when you come to us seeking acupuncture to induce labour, you're in the reliable, trusted care of an expert acupuncturist.
Are there any risks in receiving acupuncture to induce labour?
As with all medical interventions there are risks associated with acupuncture to induce labour, though these are predominantly minor. The most common adverse event experienced while receiving acupuncture to induce labour is minor pain and discomfort at the site of needling, and slight bleeding (maybe a drop or two) when the needles are removed.
The vast majority of patients who undergo acupuncture to induce labour at our Brisbane acupuncture clinic report the sessions to be comfortable and relaxing. To date, as far as we aware, in Australia there has never been an adverse event recorded involving any harm whatsoever to baby as a result of acupuncture treatment.
We don't expect you to take our word for it, so below is a systematic review of acupuncture research which investigates the safety of acupuncture during pregnancy.
This systematic review was first published in 2014 and is titled:
The safety of Acupuncture during pregnancy: A Systematic Review
The review sources its data from 105 high-quality separate studies and concludes:
Of 105 included studies, detailed AEs (Adverse Events) were reported only in 25 studies represented by 27 articles (25.7%). AEs evaluated as certain, probable or possible in the causality assessment were all mild/moderate in severity, with needling pain being the most frequent. Severe AEs or deaths were few and all considered unlikely to have been caused by acupuncture. Total AE incidence was 1.9%, and the incidence of AEs evaluated as certainly, probably or possibly causally related to acupuncture was 1.3%.
Acupuncture during pregnancy appears to be associated with few AEs when correctly applied.
Citation: Park, J., Sohn, Y., White, A. R., & Lee, H. (2014). The Safety of Acupuncture during Pregnancy: A Systematic Review. Acupuncture in Medicine, 32(3), 257–266. https://doi.org/10.1136/acupmed-2013-010480 Link to article
Want to know more about acupuncture to induce labour?
We understand that this is an important decision for you and that you want to know that you're in the trusted hands of experts.
If you have any questions about acupuncture to induce labour, please don't hesitate to contact our Brisbane clinic and ask to speak to one of our highly qualified acupuncturists. Contact us online or .
Scientific research regarding acupuncture to induce labour.
Our team of expert Brisbane acupuncturists insist on being up to date with current medical knowledge and operate with a modern, evidence-based mindset.
Please continue reading for a quick insight into some (of the vast) scientific evidence supporting the use of acupuncture to induce labour.
A randomised controlled prospective study conducted in 2001 concluded:
Acupuncture at points LI4 and SP 6 supports cervical ripening at term and can shorten the time interval between the EDD (estimated date of delivery) and the actual time of delivery.
Citation: Rabl M, Ahner R, Bitschnau M, Zeisler H, Husslein P. Acupuncture for cervical ripening and induction of labor at term--a randomized controlled trial. Wien Klin Wochenschr. 2001 Dec;113(23-24) 942-946. PMID: 11802511. Link to article
A randomised controlled trial published in 2006 found:
Acupuncture is well tolerated among term nulliparous women and holds promise in reducing interventions that occur in post-term pregnancies.
Citation: Terry C. Harper, Remy R. Coeytaux, Wunian Chen, Kathryn Campbell, Jay S. Kaufman, Kenneth J. Moise Jr & John M. Thorp Jr (2006) A randomized controlled trial of acupuncture for initiation of labor in nulliparous women, The Journal of Maternal-Fetal & Neonatal Medicine, 19:8, 465-470, DOI: 10.1080/14767050600730740 Link to article
How long will my acupuncture to induce labour appointment take
Acupuncture to induce labour appointments typically run for 45 minutes. Allow up to 60 minutes for your first appointment.
What to expect at your first acupuncture to induce labour appointment
At your first acupuncture to induce labour appointment, your acupuncturist will take a detailed case history covering baby's current position, your current health, and whether it is the right time to start with induction.
You'll receive acupuncture treatment, lifestyle and dietary advice and if required Chinese Herbal Medicine or supplementation may be discussed.
Please bring with you any relevant medical reports from your GP, obstetrician, midwife, or other health professional.