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#1 of 7 Old 03-02-2006, 06:25 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I am only about 8 weeks along - but wondering about acupuncture during labor as a way to cope with pain. I had hoped for an unmedicated birth with my dd, but at 8cm, I gave in and, regretably, had an epidural. I would like to have a homebirth - I think psychologically, I could cope better, etc. But don't think we can afford it, so will try my best in the hospital again. I had heard about acupuncture being effective. I have used it for back pain in the past with incredible results. Anyone have experience with it for labor pain?
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I haven't, personally, but I didn't want to read and not respond. I'm *sure* if there's anywhere you could find info on acupuncture for labor pain it would be MDC. Have you tried searching for threads on that subject?

Have you checked out the price for a midwife to attend you at home? I life in VA and it's under $2000, which is totally doable... we've actually already paid for ours with tax return money! YEAY! Anyway, the charges vary based on area and all, but when it's all said and done, I'd rather pay $3000 for the birth experience I would prefer than to go through the hospital experience I had... and mine was NOT anywhere nearly as bad as what I've read about from others'! There were just some really key things I didn't like about it that will not even be an issue at home. I just wanted to drop that - probably you've thought about it before, but just in case....

good luck!

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I've used acupuncture during pg, but not during labor. I do know of an acupuncturist who is also a dentist and does all his dental procedures with acupuncture. Just thought I'd throw that in!
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I live in the Bay Area, CA - there is a birthing center less than 10 min from my house & I think last I looked it was at least $5000. to use their facility. I haven't yet looked into getting my own personal midwife, my dh really doesn't want to have to spend the $ when we have insurance, but I could press the issue. Both our mothers would be outraged if we decided to have a homebirth - they're pretty old-school that way, so I would have to keep it a secret from them just to avoid the guilt trip they'd lay on me. I also live in a condo with thin walls - I was quite a screamer last time - I wonder if I'd feel comfortable at home? I just don't know. I plan on talking to other moms at my dd's school about midwives & try to get a personal referral. I also worry about being 39, but I know even older mamas have done well at home...
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I am an acupuncturist and have used acupuncture on many patients to turn breech babies, help with morning sickness, help with backaches and for 2 patients, I attended their births to use acupuncture for pain during labor and to keep labor moving along (one patient had a history of stalled labors and didn't want pitocin again). It does work really well to help manage pain during labor. It won't numb you up like an epidural, but it definitely keeps it manageable.

Both of my patients had hospital births and I used acupuncture right in the hospital. The doctor and nurses were all supportive and very nice.

So call some acupuncturists in your area and check with them!

Good Luck!

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I had accupuncture during this pregnancy to help my circulation and it definetly did. Ankles started swelling again this week (it fixed the problem for many months though) so I will be going back.

I am intrigued by the idea of accupuncture in labor. Where I got my needles was in my wrists and they were pretty intense. I remember feeling as thought I didnt wanna move too much cuz I could accidentally hit them on something. I'm not sure I'd want that during birth, but I guess it would depend on where they are placed. Also, I'm not a total accupuncture regular (only been 3 times) so perhaps you get more comfortable with the sensations over time. For me it was very exciting, but also intense. I sometimes had the feeling I wanted them out! Does that make sense?

I just started a Hypnobirthing class last night and am optimistic about it. The videos we saw were amazing! Those women didn't make a sound and the baby just eased right out! I'm not going to have expectations like that (I'm sure I'll be making some noises) but I think that mind/body thing can really help (releasing fear and tension etc.) I know from 7th grade when I was terrified of putting in a tampon and could not relax, that things didnt go well. So decreasing the fear and getting in a hypnotic state (through whichever means necessary) seems like a benefit to opening up for labor.

Let us know what you decide to do or if it works!
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Thanks everyone, I had a lot of encouraging news yesterday re. midwives who may take insurance here. Since this is my last child. I really think I want to try a homebirth. The acupuncture sounds promising & I have considered hypnobirthing too - Beth, please let me know how that works for you. Best wishes!
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