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#1 of 8 Old 11-15-2005, 07:31 PM - Thread Starter
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Has anyone had acupuncture during labor? I am having an HBAC, and have been talking to may acupuncturist about coming by to do a treatment while I'm in labor.

I'd love to hear others experiences with this. At what point in labor did you have your treatment/treatments? What kind of relief/help did it provide?

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#2 of 8 Old 11-18-2005, 11:20 AM
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It not exactly what your asking for but I did have acupunture to induce labor with my son. I went into labor the next day....who knows I was almost 42wks using up my maternity leave and getting ansy. He was my neighbor and offered the service.
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No first-hand experience here, but my friend used acupuncture to get labor started. The acupuncturist said she would come during labor, too. But my friend didn't need it! Her labor progressed quickly.

I would imagine it would be a good idea to have a labor session if your labor is progressing slowly, though.
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i'm glad you posted this, i have been thinking about acupuncture during my labor, but frankly, i was embarrassed to ask my acupuncture guy because i don't want him to be like, "ummmm..i don't do that" or in some other way make me feel weird for asking. then i got to thinking about it and i plan on moving around a lot and am not sure how that would work with needles in me. what i'd really love is a full service caretaking the day of/after the birth, a chiropractic appointment, massage, and maybe a Reike session or something. i was in so much pain AFTER the birth of my daughter, i'd like to be more prepared this time.


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Mmmmm, mamatoady--your post-partum caretaking day sounds like a GREAT idea!

My acupuncturist has done frequent work with post-dates moms looking to get labor jump-started, and has done work at a few labors as well. When she mentioned that to me (first session), she said she doesn't really like doing labors. So I won't be asking her!

I have thought about asking the husband of one of my co-workers to come by and do some work in the early stages of labor, if it seems right at the time; she is a massage therapist and may also be called to help out (as a backup to the massage therapist already slated to attend!), so they could come together.

Oh, and there are "leave-in" needles that are not as cumbersome as the standard ones.
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I swear that I saw a news cast in the early 1970s in which a woman was awake during her caesarean section, using only accupuncture needles for anesthesia...this was presented as 'natural childbirth' because the mother was awake.

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I would love to have acupuncture during my labor and have thought of who to ask. There are a few places here that seem way too mainstream, and a little old Chinese man who I seriously doubt would want to attend my birth.
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bump... I'm interested in this too
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