Acupuncture is an incredibly wonderful, safe, and effective modality to prepare for birth, assist in the birthing process, and use immediately after birth for emergency care and in the post-partum period for healing and trouble-shooting any difficulties that arise.
Acupuncture can be used to safely stimulate labor to commence. In the event there are time constraints or medial concerns where it would be better for the mother to delivery sooner than later or she is facing a medical induction, acupuncture can be used and is very effective at stimulating labor. A recent research project conducted in the practice of a specialist and presented at the SAR conference in Beijing shows that 73% of women delivering in hospital settings and 86% of women delivering in home or birth center settings who receive a specific labor induction treatment do go into labor within 24 hrs of receiving the treatment (Hapke, Soliday, 2014). L&D nurses report that women who receive Acupuncture treatments prior to being medically induced respond better to other induction methods as well.
Acupuncture can be used during labor and birth to minimize discomfort for the mother, adjust malposition of the baby, facilitate cervical dilation, and optimize the efficiency of contractions. Many women enjoy having Acupuncture while giving birth and find it extremely helpful. It can also be used for more emergency care. In facilities that allow acupuncture, it can be used to not only to help get the baby out but in some instances can be used to help expel a retained placenta.