When you’re ready to welcome your little bundle into the world, but they seem to have other ideas, acupuncture can be an incredibly effective tool in gently and safely moving baby along.
From her home clinic at Banora Point, Tanya Kane combines acupuncture, electroacupuncture, massage and acupressure to relax and innervate the muscles of the pelvis to prepare for the birthing process, strongly stimulate the descent of Qi (energy) in the body, and initiate deep relaxation to allow the mind to ‘step aside’ and let the body lead the way.
A recent study (Levett et al, 2016, p7) shows a significant improvement in epidural and caesarian rates, length of the second stage of labour and other post birth complications for women who, along with their birth partners, were educated in the use of acupressure, massage, visualisation, relaxation and breathing, plus yoga techniques. All clients seeking labour preparation/induction receive a clear and easy to follow handout on the location and application of acupressure points. Partners are also invited to come in for a look at these points ‘in the flesh’.