Cervical Ripening: The Acupuncture Pre-Birth Protocol
January 23, 2019
At the beginning
of each and every pregnancy, I encourage all my patients to make plans to
utilize this pre-birth protocol. This is not only to promote an easier, smoother
and faster labour with a more rapidly progressive rate of dilation, but also
serves to reduce the chances of intervention when the time comes.
Ideally, the pre-birth protocol
starts at 36 weeks and continues weekly until birth. By gently preparing the body and the
mind for labour and delivery, we are better able to support our patients
throughout the final stages of their pregnancy.
utilizing points to aid in cervical dilation (the ripening/ softening of the
cervix), building blood, loosening the pelvic ligaments/ tendons and supporting
the pelvic floor. In addition, I always use acupuncture points to increase energy,
stamina and the immune system to fortify a women’s body for the journey ahead.
Each woman as
well as every pregnancy is special and unique unto itself. Pre-birth acupuncture
appointments give us the valuable opportunity to manage any symptoms or
discomfort that can arise at this stage of pregnancy, such as back and hip
pain, insomnia, constipation or pelvic floor issues, so that our patients can
go into their delivery feeling strong and grounded.
mental and emotional support in terms of calming the mind, encouraging healthy
sleep and lowering any stress, anxiety, depression or fear in preparation for
the upcoming birth gives our patients the support they need to go into their
birthing journey feeling healthy, confidant and empowered.
appointments also offer us a chance to discuss important issues with our
patients, such as nutritional considerations for this stage of pregnancy,
stretches and exercises to mitigate any discomfort or simply allowing a space
for quiet self-reflection and self-care.
The Benefits of Pre-Birth
shown that women who have received cervical ripening treatments prior to
significant reduction in labouring time
efficiency in cervical dilation
requests for pain management
complications for mother and baby
such as chemical induction, epidurals and emergency caesarean sections
According to a clinical study conducted in New Zealand by Betts and Lennox in 2006, women given weekly pre-birth acupuncture resulted in:
in medical inductions (43% reduction in women having their first baby)
reduction in epidurals
reduction in emergency caesarean deliveries
in normal vaginal births
We would love to work with you! Online booking is live on our website, and we recommend booking weekly appointments from weeks 36 to 41 weeks pregnant.