PreBirth treatment typically involves a series of four treatments weekly from 36 or 37 weeks to prepare for labour. Points are used according a woman's constitution and pregnancy history. These include points to ripen the cervix, to help position the baby in the best presentation for labour and to promote optimal energy and stamina for women to enter into labour.
Data on 169 women was gathered by 14 midwives as part of their midwifery practice in Wellington, New Zealand. It found that when comparing all caregivers (Midwives GP's and Specialists) to those women who had received prebirth acupuncture there was:
An overall 35% reduction in the number of inductions (for women having their first baby this was a 43% reduction)
A 31% reduction in the epidural rate.
When comparing midwifery only care to women receiving prebirth acupuncture there was a:
32% reduction in emergency caesarean delivery
A 9 % increase in normal vaginal births.
There was no differance in the onset of early labour in those women receiving prebirth acupuncture.
Breech babies are ideally treated between 34 - 36 weeks gestation . This is often a one off treatment with women being shown how to contiune treatment at home with a moxa stick ( a herb that has been shaped into a cigar like stick). The moxa stick is lit and held over specific places in the body to stimulate the acupuncture points.