24 Oct How does acupuncture turn baby from breech position?
Want to bring your baby into this world naturally, but he / she is facing breech presentation? Try Acupuncture!
Acupuncture is most commonly known as the ancient Chinese technique frequently used to heal bodily ailments by placing thread-like needles on strategic points of the body – and this is correct! However, many people are unaware of the diversity and importance of acupuncture in a wide variety of situations. Would you typically associate acupuncture with pregnancy? Because coming to the forefront of complementary medicine is the ability of acupuncture to help in a diversity of pregnancy complications. Read on!
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What is breech presentation and how is it usually treated?
The position of an unborn baby with the feet or buttocks downwards is known as breech presentation, and can pose risks for both mother and child if not rectified before birth. The most common advice given by doctors regarding breech presentation – ‘wait and see’. For the mum-to-be though, being told to ‘wait and see’ can be quite frustrating and stressful.
If after the period of observance the baby hasn’t turned, an External Cephalic Version (ECV) is generally recommended. This is where a midwife or doctor turns the baby by manipulating the baby through the mother’s abdomen. ECV has a success rate of 40-70% but is highly dependent on the individual practitioner. It will generally be performed at full term (showing minimal effectiveness prior to this point) – leaving it a bit late for other options! If the baby still doesn’t turn, a caesarean section is then the recommended path and a C-Section like any major surgery involves numerous risks. It is generally agreed that it is preferable to turn the baby to a cephalic (head first) position prior to delivery – this is where Health Place can help!
Acupuncture as an effective option
Our acupuncturists recommend a combination of acupuncture and moxibustion treatment as a safe and effective way to help those wishing to have a natural birth. Moxibustion is the burning of Moxa (the mugwort herb traditionally harvested, dried and stored) to apply heat to particular points on the body, using the medicinal qualities of the herb to move energy. The stimulated point is connected with the uterus through an internal meridian. The heat moves energy through this pathway and stimulates foetal movements, encouraging the baby to turn on its own. It is painless, physically and emotionally non-invasive and is regarded as safe for mother and child (Guittier et al. 2008). Our acupuncturist will also seek to rebalance the qi (energy), blood and organs of the body through traditional acupuncture methods to compliment the moxibustion treatment.
Will this treatment work?
Many women report that they felt the baby begin to kick and move around within a few minutes of treatment, and most within 5 days. While most breech presentations will correct themselves without any acupuncture treatment (approximately 73%), studies have shown that acupuncture and moxibustion significantly improve the odds of correction occurring (approximately 92% corrected with use of the moxibustion and acupuncture treatment) – [AJCM, 2001].
This treatment is safe to try during your period of observance. Health Place acupuncturist, Hui, has had a history of success with this treatment and is passionate about her work in this field.
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