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Acupuncture in Toowoomba for Labour Induction Procedure

My name is Louis Gordon and I am an acupuncturist. I practice acupuncture from ANTRAC Acupuncture Clinic in Middle Ridge, Toowoomba, 4350, Queensland, Australia. Just as fresh clean water bubbling up from a natural well is vital to sustain life … my WELLNESS information will help YOU to sustain a healthy vibrant life beaming with optimal wellness. Call for more information on (07) 4636 6100.

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When it comes to labor and birth, things often do not go according to plan, and doctors must induce birth.  Induction of labor is often required when the pregnant woman is more than one week post term, and doctors are called in to induce birth.  Induction labour is becoming much more common in Western countries due to the entrenched medical paradigm.  Induction labour is fraught with many medical problems including epidurals and forceps deliveries.  There are many suggested natural ways to induce birth from drinking castor oil to eating pineapple.  Overdue labour can be easily prevented using Traditional Chinese Medicine.  Time-tested moxabustion is used to induce birth naturally and safely.  A Do-It-Yourself (DIY) labor birth kit is now available.  Safe and natural labour induction at home has never been easier.

Acupuncture for Labour Induction Procedure

  The Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Labour Induction Kit contains EVERYTHING you need to induce labour naturally and safely at home.  The procedure is based on an ancient Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Technique practiced for thousands of years.  The link to a comprehensive instructional video is included.

The D-I-Y treatment is 80% successful when applied for 4 consecutive days prior to the scheduled medical induction.

We will deliver the “DOWN and OUT KIT” for $147 AUD which includes Postage, Handling and Tax.

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Labour Induction Procedure at ANTRAC Acupuncture Clinic

What to Wear for the Acupuncture Treatments

As I may need to access acupoints on the legs to the knees and arms to the elbows, and maybe the shoulders and sacrum, it is important to wear clothes that allow me to readily access these areas, and that are loose fitting over the abdomen.

Medical Induction Procedure
Medical Induction refers to initiating labour artificially, which usually involves the use of prostaglandins and possibly oxytocin.  The prostaglandin action is to ripen the cervix.  A small plastic hook is placed through the cervix to painlessly rupture the membranes that contain the amniotic fluid around the baby.  Once the amniotic fluid has been discharged, the baby will move down into the pelvic cavity, causing more pressure on the cervix to increase further dilation.  If labour fails to progress, syntocinon is administered intravenously to induce contractions.  This can make the contractions too intense, painful and difficult to cope with.  This often warrants intervention by an epidural anaesthesia procedure to deal with the labour pains.  This in turn often necessitates the use of forceps or a caesarean delivery.

Reasons For Induction
Post-term babies
There are several reasons for medical induction.  Most commonly the woman becomes post-term, that is she is significantly past her due date of 40 weeks.  A full term pregnancy can last anywhere between 38 to 42 weeks, with delivery occurring within two weeks either side of the calculated due date.  There is often an imposed medical limit regarding the number of days past 40 weeks that the pregnancy is allowed to continue.  The concern is that as the pregnancy continues the uterine environment will begin to deteriorate, potentially compromising foetal health.  As due dates are often inaccurate, doctors and midwives will book women into hospital for induction when they pass 41 weeks, and often on the tenth day past their due date.  Others will monitor the baby and uterine functionality until they feel induction is the best option, usually before 43 weeks.

Premature rupture of membranes
If the baby is of viable gestational age induction will be considered if labour does not start spontaneously within a certain time of the membranes rupturing.  This is usually between 24 and 72 hours.  The concern is around the likelihood of a group B streptococcal infection developing that will infect the baby.  Some protocols recommend women be given IV antibiotic 18 hours following rupture of the membrane.  Similarly a course of IV antibiotic is given to women that tested positive for group B streptococcus for vaginal swabs in the antenatal period at 36 weeks gestation.

Other health problems
These include diabetes, pregnancy-induced hypertension, chronic renal problems, active genital herpes infection, small-for-dates babies, babies of multiple pregnancies, babies of diabetic mothers that grow too large and when there are signs of poor placental functioning.  Induction may also be indicated for women with a prior stillbirth, severe back pain or symphysis pubis pain.

Traditional Chinese Medicine Terminology for Natural Labour
In Traditional Chinese Medicine labour is expected to commence when three factors occur simultaneously 1 – yang activity replaces yin material growth, 2 – qi flows freely and moves the blood, and 3 – the door of the uterus opens.  When qi flows freely and the blood circulates well, a harmonious labour follows with the onset of contractions, dilation of the cervix, rupture of the waters and expulsion of the foetus.

Optimal Timing of Acupuncture Treatment to Attempt to Induce a Baby
I like to see women each day for 3 days before a medical induction is planned.  Even if labour does not commence spontaneously, women treated with acupuncture have a more efficient labour following the administration of the prostaglandin, often with no further intervention required during labour, including the use of syntocinon to induce contractions, epidurals, forceps delivery or caesarean sections.

During the First Treatment
After taking the Case History, I lay the patient down on the couch on her back or on her left side.  Generally it is more comfortable sitting, but if they wish to lay down, they lie on their left side to prevent pressure of the baby on the inferior vena cava vein, which if compressed could cause mum to feel faint.  For points that might be painful, I use a painless laser treatment to set about balancing all the meridian energies.  Electroacupuncture at 2 Hz is applied to points that need to be tonified – Bladder 32, Bladder 67 and Large Intestine 4, for example.

Then, I demonstrate how to apply moxabustion treatment to the chosen acupuncture points at home.  The Moxa stick is held over the points bilaterally until they feel uncomfortably hot.  Then “hen-pecking” moxabustion is applied for twenty minutes bilaterally, for one minute on the left side and then for one minute on the right side.  In this method, the ignited moxa stick is moved up and down over the point like a bird pecking. The hot glowing moxa “cherry” is held about a thumbs width away from the acupoints so it does not burn the skin.  This tonifying “hen-pecking” technique is applied to Bladder 67, Large Intestine 4 and Bladder 32 ONLY to stimulate contractions.

Moxabustion over Spleen 6 is to be gentle and pleasantly warming and soothing (sedation) to ripen and open the cervix.  Don’t “hen-peck” acupoint Spleen 6.

It is very beneficial if the patient can take along their partner or a friend to be trained in the moxabustion procedure, so that the procedure can be carried out at home to increase the likelihood of a successful labour and birth.  This is especially so for acupoint Bladder 32 which must be treated by another person, due to its inaccessibility.

Two Subsequent Treatments
I apply the acupuncture treatment as above for two more days, and ensure that the patient is confident with location of the acupoints and with the moxabustion procedure.  I also answer any further questions.

Due Diligence & Warnings Regarding the Moxabustion Procedure

  • The outer cover of the moxa stick should be removed before lighting the moxa.
  • The moxa stick is held vertical, and the lighter is held underneath until the flat end lights.
  • Once lighted, blow on the end of the moxa stick to make the end glow orange.
  • Note any darker regions (ash accumulation) and wipe this region on the edge of the moxa extinguisher.  Blow on the end again until the entire surface is glowing orange.  This is called the “cherry”.
  • The smoke from the burning moxa may set off smoke detectors.
  • The smoke from the burning moxa permeates hair and clothes, and can irritate sensitive eyes, so perform in an open area or outside if possible.
  • During treatment, hold the moxa stick like you would hold a pencil.
  • Wipe the ash off about every minute and blow the “cherry” to make it glow.
  • During treatment hold the glowing tip about a thumb width away from the acupoint being treated.
  • For acupoints being tonified use the “hen-pecking” procedure – (See above).  For Spleen 6 warm the acupoint gently so it is soothing, unlike the irritating “hen-pecking” procedure.
  • When finished, the burning moxa stick must be extinguished in the moxa extinguisher, which sits on a dinner plate to catch ash and prevent scorching damage and starting fires.
  • The moxa stick must be snuffed out in the extinguisher without damaging the “cherry”, so it is ready to light easily during the next treatment.
  • Should the “cherry” break off in the extinguisher, cut the end off with a sharp knife and start again.
  • Do not leave the moxa on any timber or combustible surfaces to prevent the possibility of scorching damage to surfaces or starting fires.
  • When the moxa extinguisher is half filled with ash, use the handle of a teaspoon to scrape the ash out into a tissue and discard.  Make sure the ash is cold so it does not ignite the tissue.
  • Advise asthmatics to avoid inhalation of the moxa smoke.
  • Greater care should be exercised if the woman is a diabetic to prevent burns on the sensitive skin.

Clinical Practice
Research indicates that acupuncture induction treatment is about 80% successful.

Foetal Activity
There is a cumulative effect of moxabustion especially on acupoints Bladder 67, with the baby becoming more active with each subsequent treatment until eventually the woman feels a rather uncomfortable period of activity.

Further Beneficial Treatment Procedures – Intradermal Needles
It is worthwhile to give women intra-dermal needles to take home to apply to Bladder 67 and Large Intestine 4 and Spleen 6 to assist the progress of labour.  They should be applied after the three acupuncture treatments at the Clinic are completed or prior to going to hospital, whichever comes first.

The patient should swab the area with the alcohol wipe, then insert the needles at Bladder 67 and wrap a sticking plaster firmly around their little toes to secure the needles in place.  The same procedure should be progressed for Large Intestine 4 and Spleen 6.  Note that the intradermal needles at Bladder 67 and Large Intestine 4 should be stimulated often (tonified) while the intradermal needle at Spleen 6 should be left alone (sedated).  These intradermal needles should be removed after 3 days in place, secured in a tissue and disposed of in a bin.

The “Down & Out” Induction Kit
After the first acupuncture treatment the woman is given the “Down & Out” Induction Kit to perform the procedure at home.  Using the kit at home complements the acupuncture treatment and increases the success rate.  The procedure should be performed at least once per day. The “Down & Out” Induction Kit includes everything required to perform the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Labour Induction Procedure at home. The moxabustion treatments should be carried out daily for the next several days by the woman, the woman’s partner or a friend.  Apart from Bladder 32, most women are flexible enough to use the moxa on themselves.  A second person is required to treat Bladder 32 as it is on the sacrum.

References:
The essential guide to acupuncture in pregnancy & childbirth, by Debra Betts.

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