Acupuncture has been used very successfully for thousands of years to induce women who are over-due in their pregnancy.
There have been some studies on acupuncture and it’s effect on inducing labour – see an Australian research report here which showed that using acupuncture to stimulate labour in overdue mothers to be had a success rate of 88%.
The success of an acupuncture induction can be increased by receiving regular acupuncture treatments throughout pregnancy. Regular acupuncture during pregnancy can help women achieve a much easier and pain reduced birth, as well as making it easier for them when it comes to induction. Acupuncture can also help relieve other common ailments during pregnancy such as nausea, digestive disturbances, pain, sleeplessness...etc.
To be eligible for induction acupuncture you must be at your estimated due date or after, unless otherwise recommended by your doctor or midwife. Whilst there is no risk from having acupuncture for induction, it does help speed up your natural processes. Therefore you must consult with your doctor or midwife before any induction. This is to protect all persons involved, most of all your baby.
Often one acupuncture treatment can be sufficient for initiating the labour process, but a follow up treatment may be recommended.
There are homeopathic remedies available to help encourage labour and proper fetal positioning for labour (i.e. turning from breech position to head down). Remedies are prescribed on the individual state of the pregnant woman by taking into account the physical, mental and emotional factors which are influencing the state of the mother. As a licensed practitioner with a special interest in pregnancy, I work with you to assess which remedy would be most appropriate for helping to encourage your labour.