Reg Acupuncturist and member of the Fertility Acupuncture and Childbirth Team (FACT), Janine Nana explains: "Pre-birth treatments are done once a week from week 36 until baby is born. This birth preparation is to soften the cervix for easy dilation, gently promote baby to move lower into the pelvis, help you build up energy, which benefits baby too, and relax the tendons of the body to help you expand comfortably in this later stage of pregnancy and can help ease discomfort in your pubic symphysis, hip and ribs. Clinical research has confirmed that acupuncture can shorten the time between due date and delivery".
Midwives may learn over a few weekends some simple acupuncture points to effectively help women prepare for labour, and to support them during labour.
Janine goes on to say, "When needed, an acupuncture induction can work very well, offering a gentle alternative to a chemical induction. A single treatment may be sufficient, but three is more common. If you are about to be induced chemically it is a good idea to receive 3 treatments spaced close together".
Our acupuncturists also turn breach or posterior babies. "It's so gentle. We stimulate an acupressure point on the feet by applying concentrated heat instead of a needle. Sounds odd I know, but around 70% of babies will turn. Even in late pregnancy it may work but the earlier we start the better as there is more room for baby to turn".
Our Reg Acupuncturists Janine Nana and Sharlene McInness, also teach partners or support people some simple and very effective acupressure techniques to use in labour. It is easy to learn, and requires no massage experience. The techniques taught are great at easing pain during contractions. They can also calm the woman should labour become overwhelming.
Finally, postnatal acupuncture may help you in a variety of ways. It can deal with insufficient lactation or mastitis. Fatigue and slow recovery issues are very treatable by using points that build energy. And crying a lot? You may have postnatal depression. It often feels like anxiety rather than depression, like not coping maybe. Others may not understand the depth of your not coping feelings. It may be beyond their experience to feel like you are feeling. While anti-depressants will help, try acupuncture first, as medication means you'll need to stop breast feeding. "We use acupuncture to balance serotonin to lift sadness, calm anxiety and balance stress hormones"
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Janine Nana B.Sc. Acupuncture, MNZRA, ACC Treatment Provider
Janine graduated from the NZ School of Acupuncture in 2005.
She is an ACC Registered Treatment Provider.
As a founding member of the Fertility Acupuncture and Childbirth Team (FACT), Janine is able to assist couples trying to conceive naturally or employing assisted reproductive techniques, and assist women throughout pregnancy and labour.
More information is available at www.cityacupuncture.co.nz