“Having a baby is not only a physical process but also an immensely emotional and spiritual journey, acupuncture may assist alleviating anxiety and stress.”
Acupuncture is provided to some women by a midwife in countries such as England, Germany, Scandinavia and New Zealand with the awareness that needling in the perinatal period may enhance the provision of high quality, safe, midwifery care because it provides women with choice and also an option of a natural intervention that may assist some of the common discomforts of pregnancy.
The Australian College of Midwives notes on their website that acupuncture has been in practice for over 2000 years and ‘there is growing evidence-based research and increased popularity among consumers.’
REMEMBER YOUR HOSPITAL CARD!
Please bring your hospital card with you to your Acupuncture appointments. This enables us to keep up to date with your recent Midwife/Ob/GP checks.
WE ARE ON YOUR TEAM
This is your pregnancy, we are here to support your choices whether you have chosen elective caesarian, natural vaginal or lotus delivery or VBAC. Acupuncture is additional to and we work very much in conjuction with your Obstetrician/Shared Care GP/ Midwife/prescribed medication.
How Can Acupuncture Help You?
Support You Through Your Pregnancy
Ngaio employs treatment protocols utilising evidence based treatments integrated with respect for the traditional wisdom she is trained in.
The conditions listed below are from the body of current research evidence using human subjects and based on National Health and Medical Research Council Level 1 evidence (systematic reviews), also a small number of good quality Level 2 studies (these are randomised controlled trials). All these studies regarding pregnancy and some pregnancy related health conditions are less than 5 years old.
- Acute pain
- Anxiety: including pre-surgical anxiety, student examination anxiety, anxiety during embryo transfer in IVF and anxiety during pregnancy
- Back or pelvic pain during pregnancy
- Chronic pain
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Acupuncture has been shown to be effective in helping relieve carpal tunnel syndrome pain
- Functional Dyspepsia (commonly called Indigestion)
- Insomnia: both primary insomnia, also various types of secondary insomnia
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Low back pain
- Headache (tension-type and chronic)
- Migraine prophylaxis
- Neck pain
- Shoulder pain
With the profusion of new high quality research being conducted and released around the world we will add to this list.
Acupressure to Reduce Labor Pain
Pre-birth Preparation & Cervical Ripening
Many women choose to receive acupuncture from 35-36/40. At this time we can address any back or pelvic pain/instability which may influence how comfortably your baby can manoeuvre itself into an optimal position for birth. Acupuncture can help relax muscles in these areas.
30 minutes of lying in a darkened room, propped and surrounded by fluffy pillows, listening to beautiful & quiet background music, acupuncture needles strategically located to induce deep relaxation… a potent cocktail for freeing up oxytocin flow! Anxiety begone!
You need to have energy in reserve, to feel refreshed in readiness for your big day and the marathon ahead. Acupuncture can assist sleep quality thus increasing your endurance.
Now is the time to address any aches or pains that stop you feeling physically fit and focused in readiness for this marathon you are about to embark upon. For example; we might address your carpal tunnel syndrome pain, headaches, indigestion etc.
In 2018 research results were posted regarding Acupuncture in Postdate Pregnancy Management. It was concluded that the “study suggested that acupuncture applied at term of pregnancy seems to be effective in reducing the rate of labor induction which is performed for prolonged pregnancy at 41 + 5 weeks. Moreover, acupuncture also seems to be able to reduce oxytocin use.. “
Reference: Neri I et al. Acupuncture in Postdate Pregnancy Management. Jnl Acup Merid Studies, Vol 11, 5, October 2018, Pages 332-336
The use of moxibustion applied to the little toe for difficult labor was first mentioned in the Moxibustion Methods for Emergencies by Wenren Qinian in 1226. In Chinese hospitals this technique has been used to treat breech presentations for decades, however the research to date, although promising, is not yet sufficient for this method to be incorporated into clinical practice guidelines for obstetricians in Australia. Consult your midwife/obstetrician to discuss whether or not this ancient technique might be useful for you.
Curious to try out some acupuncture and cost-effectively? Our Introductory Package is currently available. This investment in your health gives you an initial consultation / acupuncture treatment + two follow up treatments for $242 (saving you $43).
And if you’re in a health fund with ‘Extras’ cover you can claim back more of this cost on top of the savings as well.