A randomized clinical trial involving 67 pregnant women, showed no significant difference in the effectiveness of electro-acupuncture versus the drug misoprostol for labor induction, however the group receiving electro-acupuncture had a higher frequency of vaginal deliveries, less obstetric complications, and higher overall satisfaction. (Gribel et al, 2011)
At Maui Health & Wellness we offer acupuncture
to help the body prepare and ready itself for delivery.
It is often helpful if your birth partner also attends these visits to learn which points will be most useful to stimulate during labor.
Acupressure seeds or tacks can also be applied to some of the most useful pressure points, providing gentle yet continuous stimulation, while also making it easier to locate the pressure points.
Please contact us for more information on making acupuncture part of your birthing plan.