Acupuncture & pain relief.
Acupuncture might be able to assist with pain relief during labour. Usually these points can be pressed alongside any other techniques the birthing woman is choosing, such as calm birthing techniques or conventional pain relief. There is some research that has shown that Acupuncture has some potential positive effects for labour pains (1).
The points are located on the hands and feet, shoulders and lower back.
We encourage you to talk to your Acupuncturist, midwife and obstetrician to ascertain if they are suitable.
During one of the sessions we recommend that your partner or a friend comes along and we can show them how to stimulate these points using their hands to assist with pain management.
(1). Levett KM, Smith CA, Dahlen HG, Bensoussan A. Acupuncture and acupressure for pain management in labour and birth: a critical narrative review of current systematic review evidence. Complement Ther Med. 2014 Jun;22(3):523-40.