Koten Acupuncture Surfers Paradise & Brisbane – Women’s Health Acupuncture
Acupuncture For Prebirth Treatment:
An Observational Study Of Its Use In Midwifery Practice
Debra Betts, RN
Sue Lennox, MA
Several studies have examined the effect of prebirth acupuncture treatment on women in labor. Kubista and Kucera 19741 used 4 acupuncture points weekly on primigravida women from 37 weeks’ gestation until delivery. The acupuncture points used were ST 36 (Zusanli), GB 34 (Yanglingquan), KI 8 (Jiaoxin), and BL 62 (Shenmai). Their reasoning behind the acupuncture points chosen was because as a group, they would relax the women, tonify Qi, and improve circulation of blood to the pelvis.
Midwives in Wellington, New Zealand, observed that women receiving prebirth acupuncture consistently experienced efficient labors, reporting a reduction in the length of labor and medical intervention, specifically the use of epidurals, medical inductions, and cesarean deliveries.
Objective: To undertake a naturalistic observational study of women receiving acupuncture as part of their antenatal care.
Design, Setting, and Patients: Practices of 14 midwives recorded their prebirth acupuncture treatments over a 4-month period in 2004 in 169 New Zealand women who received prebirth acupuncture.
Main Outcome Measures: Gestation at onset of labor, incidence of medical induction, length of labor, use of analgesia, and type of delivery.
Results When compared with the local population rates, there was an overall 35% reduction in the number of inductions (for primigravida women, this was a 43% reduction); 31% reduction in the epidural rate; 32% reduction in emergency cesarean delivery; and a 9% increase in normal vaginal birth.
Conclusions Prebirth acupuncture appeared to provide some promising therapeutic benefits in assisting women to have a normal vaginal birth. A further randomized controlled study is warranted.