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Pre-Birth Acupuncture

Pre-birth acupuncture involves a series of acupuncture sessions in the third trimester. Acupuncture can be started from week 30. The process is aimed at building up the expectant mother’s strength for a more natural birth process.

Pre-birth Acupuncture is currently being used routinely in hospitals in China and Germany with positive results.

How effective is Acupuncture for preparation for birth?

In China and Germany expectant mothers begin weekly acupuncture sessions at 36 weeks gestation and continue right through till birth. Research has suggested that pre-birth acupuncture can decrease mean labour times from 8 hours and 2 minutes to 6 hours and 36 minutes.

“Feedback suggest that pre-birth acupuncture offers a range of positive effects that goes beyond reducing the time spent in labour, with midwives reporting a reduced rate of medical intervention” (1)

When should I start my sessions?

You can start from week 30 fortnightly sessions building up to weekly sessions at week 36.

Can I address other health concerns?

Although it is common to use preparation points each treatment can be tailor to suit your specific needs. If you have hip pain for example, we can add some specific local hip points or use some massage during your session.

Can acupuncture help breech or posterior babies?

Acupuncture and Chinese moxibusion has shown to be very clinically effective. Ideally Acupuncture and Chinese moxibusion would be started from week 34. However positive results can still be achieved after.

A study conducted in China suggested that 81% of babies respond to Acupuncture treatments (2).

How does treatment for breech or posterior babies work?

The treatment involves the application of moxa to a particular acupuncture point located on the small toe bilaterally. Moxa is rolled Chinese mugwort which is burn beside the skin allowing the smoke and heat to stimulate the acupuncture point. Moxa is applied for 20 minutes once a day for 10 days Most practitioners will teach the client or partner how to perform this at home. Most women report that during and after moxa the baby is very active. Generally speaking most babies take 4-5 days to turn using this method.


1. Debra Betts (2006) The essential guide to Acupuncture in pregnancy and childbirth, The Journal of Chinese medicine

2. Co-operative research group on moxibusion version (1984) Clinical observation on the side effects of version by moxibusion, Abstracts from the second national symposium on acupuncture and moxibusion and acupuncture anaesthesia, All China society of Acupuncture and moxibusion