Western research into the use of Acupuncture in Pregnancy
The use of acupuncture and acupressure in pregnancy, labour and in the post-partum period is becoming more popular with mothers as a safe and natural way to enhance their pregnancy, labour and early mothering experience.
With increasing research evidence supporting the efficacy of this 'ancient' form of medicine there is also an increasing interest from Maternity services in the UK as well as Denmark, France, Germany, Holland, Norway Sweden, and New Zealand .
Sarah Budd successfully ran a specialist Midwifery Acupuncture service using Traditional Acupuncture, for over 23 years in Derriford Hospital in Devon. Debra Betts introduced a similar service in New Zealand in 1997.
Jeanne Lythgoe, a Midwife, Lecturer and Medical Acupuncturist of the University of Salford recently wrote the following abstract to an article written in the Journal The Practising Midwife [ 2012 Sep;15(8):S10-2]
"As midwives we strive to provide woman centred holistic care and acupuncture fits this paradigm well. It creates an opportunity for a woman to gain control, an alternative to the medical solutions. Studies on neurophysiology may explain why acupuncture has a calming effect. Midwives and obstetricians are well placed to offer pregnant women acupuncture and although more research is needed, there is enough evidence to consider its development within maternity services as an option. This article provides evidence that acupuncture can be an effective treatment and should be a part of informed choice discussions for conditions related to pregnancy."
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