Acupuncture treatment during pregnancy, aims to smooth the flow of energy, to promote general wellbeing and can be effective for pregnancy related symptoms such as nausea and vomiting.
Towards the end of pregnancy and past the due date, acupuncture is often used to encourage the natural process of labour.
During the later stages of pregnancy, more regular weekly treatments can be given to harmonise the mother's energy and focus on the process of labour. In China, where acupuncture originated, moxibustion (the smouldering of the herb artemisia vulgaris latiflora) is traditionally used to encourage the baby to the correct foetal position (head-down) ready for labour. (Click here for an article on this).
Women often come to see us near or after their due date for acupuncture treatment to balance their energy and encourage the natural onset of labour.
I bring my own skills, experience, and wisdom to the support of couples at this special time. As a mother of four, and having attended many births, both as an acupuncturist and a professional birth attendant (a Doula).
I use needles but more often deep massage on points and energy pathways.
I offer birth preparation sessions with optional acupuncture treatments, which are highly recommended to prepare mother and baby for the birth process.
I attend births using acupuncture, where acupuncture can be used for temporary or short-term relief of lower back pain and to encourage the smooth flow of energy, creating focus and calm.
I am particularly supportive of home births and work closely with the Oxford Independent Midwives
Chinese medicine emphasises that the post-natal period (approximately the first 40 days after birth) is a time when it is essential that the mother conserves her energy and regains her lost reserves. Without proper care during this time, the risk of poor milk supply, prolonged depression and exhaustion may be increased.
The ancient Chinese counselled that during this post-natal period the mother should stay at home and be attended by family, so that she could concentrate on the baby and herself!
Although this level of support is not likely to be available nowadays, acupuncture and herbal treatment can help in this important period to balance body and mind and improve wellbeing.
Post-natal treatment commonly involves the smouldering of the herb moxa (artemisia vulgaris latiflora) in addition to needles. Moxa is believed to be very nourishing to the mother, particularly in her abdominal area. The use of moxa can be taught to friends or family, so that the treatment can be continued at home. The ancient Chinese referred to this practice as ‘mother warming’.
Home visits can be arranged, pre and post partum.