The results showed that, when compared with the local population rates, there was an overall 35% reduction in the number of inductions (for first pregnancies, this was a 43% reduction); 31% reduction in the epidural rate; 32% reduction in emergency caesarean delivery; and a 9% increase in normal vaginal birth.
Pre-birth acupuncture is offered to women as part of routine (acupuncture) pregnancy care, usually commencing around 36 or 37 weeks and given once weekly until delivery. A range of acupuncture points are generally used, with the pre-birth treatments being adapted to meet the individual woman's requirements.
Acupuncturists have always used moxa (a warming herb) to heat a point on the
little toe to help turn a breech baby, or to optimise it's position for labour,
for example when the baby is in a posterior position (with it's back against the
mother's spine). The mother can be taught how to use moxa herself to use at
home between treatments. For the breech baby treatment is best commenced
at 33-34 weeks when there is still sufficient amniotic fluid for the baby to
Now in the most rigorous study to date medical researchers have reported in
The British Medical Journal that moxibustion is an effective and safe way to correct non-vertex presentation (breech position). ''We believe that moxibustion represents a treatment option that should be considered to achieve version of the non-vertex fetus'' (December 2012).
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Midwives in the Wellington region in New Zealand have been using pre-birth acupuncture since 1997.
Feedback from midwives using acupuncture has consistently been that within their practices, it reduces the length of time women spend in labour, especially women having their first birth, and there is a noticeable reduction in medical intervention, including induction of labour, use of epidural anaesthesia, and caesarean delivery.
This observation prompted the following study in 2006:
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