Acupuncture to induce babies has a long tradition and has been used for centuries as a safe and effective way to encourage the start of labour. It is gentle because acupuncture treatment cannot force nature and so if the baby needs a little more time, treatment will not start the birthing process immediately. It will however get the body ready for imminent labour by starting to open and stretch the cervix.
If you have been doing your reading about the individual hormones that play an important role in labour then you will know that oxytocin and prostaglandins are the triggers. Oxytocin or 'love hormone' can only be emitted in the absence of adrenaline. It's actually a very clever evolutionary tool. If a woman is giving birth and a wolf walks into her cave her body becomes flooded with adrenaline. The production of oxytocin ceases immediately, stopping the contractions, and enabling her to flee. In the modern world a stressed out mum equates to the same thing. Acupuncture will work on alleviating stress, lessening the production of adrenaline to allow more oxytocin to flood the system.
We have induced a great many babies so we're used to seeing expectant mums, desperate to meet their new bundles of joy (and desperate to feel a little more comfortable again!) In fact during the days leading up to Christmas we tend to see more overdue mums all hoping that their babies aren't born on Christmas day!
Of course, sometimes a baby will insist on being stubborn and need a little more time before they're ready to enter into the world but for most, this technique does prove very effective.
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Patients wanting treatment to induce labour do not require an initial consultation. You may simply book an acupuncture treatment stating in the comments section that you would like an induction treatment. You will be sent a form via SMS with some screening questions to ensure you are a suitable candidate for treatment.