Can Acupuncture Be Used To Induce Labor?
A common question is, “have you induced labor with acupuncture.” The answer is a definative yes.

Jeffrey Jacob has induced hundreds of woman throughout his time in the medical field.  The woman range from slightly overdue to “please help my induce as I am scheduled for a C-section tomorrow.”   A combination of Acupuncture, Moxibustion and Manual Therapy Techniques are used.

Understanding how acupuncture can induce labor:

Acupuncture is different than western induction drugs. It is an alternative to Pitocin, yet acts in a very different way. First lets look at Pitocin. Pitocin creates an immediate reaction which begins labor whether the mother’s body and baby are ready or not. Contractions start almost instantly with pitocin in labor induction, making it an extremely predictable drug. However, the effects of pitocin on children are not fully known. Possible side effects for the mother have been reported to include:

  • Anaphylactic reaction
  • Postpartum hemorrhage
  • Cardiac arrhythmia
  • Fatal afibrinogenemia
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Premature ventricular contractions
  • Pelvic hematoma

Using Acupuncture and natural Therapy to induce labor is a whole different experience. As the awaiting mother is set in a comfortable condition, needles are placed in certain points throughout the body.  In addition Dr Jacob will use a combination of Pressure Points and Craniosacral Therapy to assist the body in relaxing as much as possible.

There is almost always immediate movement from the baby.  Some woman go into labor soon after the treatment and a larger percentage after a night of sleep.

Here are 2 links to successful research with Acupuncture and Labor Induction

Acupuncture and Labor Induction

Difficult Labor:  ElectroAcupuncture and LI-4