LABOR & DELIVERY ACUPUNCTURE

Here at PUSH San Diego we specialize in pregnancy & birth by offering safe and gentle accupuncture to support women and their families before, during and after pregnancy.

Preparing for an Optimal Birth Experience?

We recommend starting the preparation for labor and delivery with weekly acupuncture treatments between weeks 36-42 of pregnancy. This will give the expectant Mom the chance to try acupuncture and experience the pain-free and relaxing effects it has on her body before the acutal day or labor. She will also have the chance to meet some of the team members and discuss any questions she may have before the big day.

A​cupuncture is a natural, safe, and effective method of healthcare that works with the natural regenerative abilities of the body. Acupuncture is the ancient Chinese medicine technique of applying ultra-thin needles to specific points on the body (known as acupoints) related to meridians that run throughout the body. We practice a style of acupuncture known as Japanese Meridian Therapy with minimally invasive insertion techniques ensuring a comfortable, relaxing and pain free experience.

Other Modalities

In order to restore imbalances found in the body, we may also utilize essential oils, ear seeds, Chinese herbs, bodywork, breathing exercises, and/or guided meditations, lifestyle/dietary recommendations and exercises.

Planning For A Baby - Fertility Treatment and Care

Our goal for our infertility patients is not just to get her patient pregnant, but also to help them stay pregnant and to have a healthy baby carried to full term. According to several studies and medical research, Traditional Chinese Medicine therapies can be extremely effective in treating couples facing infertility problems. Treatment such as acupuncture and traditional Chinese herbology therapies can be used to enhance the ability for couples to conceive in a number of ways, including: ​

  • Regulating female menstrual cycles as acupuncture points are chosen based on the woman’s menstrual cycle.

  • Regulating male semen production, sperm count and morphology as up to 40% of infertility is caused by male factors.

  • Improving IVF and IUI success rates and alleviating side effects. Research shows that integrating Chinese medicine and acupuncture increases the success rate of IVF by up to 50% providing optimal results.

  • Neurological and sleeping conditions - Insomnia, frequent waking, headache, migraines, tinnitus, dizziness, vertigo, Meniere’s disease, types of paralysis, post-stroke recovery.

  • Reducing stress and balancing the endocrine system.

  • Increasing blood flow to the reproductive organs including the ovaries and uterus, creating a stronger chance for an egg to be nourished and carried to term.

Maintain a Healthy Full Term Pregnancy

Acupuncture during pregnancy has been shown to provide many benefits and has been proven to help increase blood flow to the uterus and the baby, promoting healthy development and reducing stress and relieving many common physical discomforts associated with growing a baby, such as:

Nausea and Vomiting – Although nausea can occur at anytime during pregnancy, weeks 8-12 can be the most challenging. Some expectant moms experience “morning sickness” at all hours of the day and night. Recommended course of treatment is twice weekly until symptoms subside (usually requires 3-4 treatments).

Back Pain – As pregnancy progresses, mom’s weight must increase—along with her belly size. The rapid growth and extra weight puts strain on the muscles of the back.

Potential Miscarriage – If you experience spotting or premature rupture of membranes, acupuncture treatments may possibly prevent loss. Moxibustion after acupuncture and in-home visits are especially recommended. Make sure to contact Deb at the first signs of a potential miscarriage.

Low Iron Levels – Your baby is using and storing iron in-utero, which makes gestational anemia quite common. Acupuncture, moxibustion and Chinese herbs can do wonders to support maternal iron levels.

Fatigue – You may feel tired as your body works to support a growing fetus. From hormonal changes to difficulty finding a comfortable sleeping position, exhaustion is a normal part of pregnancy. Many moms find that an acu-moxa boost can really help to energize them.

Swelling – Some women experience mild to extreme swelling in the hands, feet, and face. Especially later in pregnancy, this can be very uncomfortable. Regular acupuncture treatments & moxibustion can reduce swelling and associated discomfort.

Breech Baby – It’s normal for baby to move around in the womb. Moxibustion, in conjunction with a several acupuncture points, can support the baby in turning to a more favorable position. Mom goes home with moxibustion sticks so she can continue the course of treatment by warming specific acupuncture points on her toes for 20 minutes a day, for 10 consecutive days. Other ways to turn a breech baby are discussed at www.spinningbabies.com

Preparing For An Optimal Birth Experience

Weekly acupuncture treatments between weeks 36-42 of pregnancy are recommended to gently encourage the onset of labor including the natural release of prostaglandins for cervical ripening, loosening of ligaments, oxytocin release for triggering surges and relaxation for mom. As the body produces its own hormones naturally and gradually the mother and child will experience a gradual onset of labor.

In addition, pre-birth acupuncture has been shown to help maintain healthy blood pressure, reduce rate of medical intervention, reduce anxiety, boost energy, and shorten the duration of active labor when the time comes. Acupuncture has also shown to dramatically reduce the chance of needing a pharmacological induction.

Acupuncture can also help with the Natural Progression of Labor whether you are up against a deadline of pharmacological induction or cesarean section as it has been shown to be over 85% effective typically starting labor between 6-48 hours after an acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture supports the mother’s body to be ready and supported once the baby is ready to trigger the process. We modify each treatment according to 3 levels of intensity from low-medium-high depending on the unique circumstance and deadline involved. Acupuncture will also help mitigate and reduce the stressors involved with being overdue which further can hinder the delivery process.

Acupuncture During Labor & Delivery

Every woman is different, and so is every labor. Acupuncture works with the body’s innate intelligence to maintain proper balance and functioning. Some of the many benefits of Acupuncture in Labor and Delivery include:

  • Reducing pain by stimulating energy flow in the body and increasing endorphins.

  • Calming and relaxing the laboring mother.

  • Shortening labor time.

  • Ripening the cervix.

  • Supporting natural progression of labor.​

  • Encouraging labor to start if past due date.

  • Helping to turn a breech baby using moxibustion.

Post-partum Recovery Care

​Birth is both physically and emotionally challenging. Whether its pelvic pain, exhaustion, or downright blues, acupuncture can help balance hormones, reduce soreness, and stabilize mood. Acupuncture can also provide lactation support, as it is effective in relieving clogged ducts, and stimulating milk production.

On-Call Services for Labor & Delivery

Having the support of a PUSH Professional acupuncturist and/or massage therapist next to you during your birthing process is an amazing option for any woman to have!

Our team of PUSH professional acupuncturists and/or massage therapists are specifically trained in acupuncture, acupressure and massage for Labor & Delivery for the laboring Mom, overseen by Deb Davies, one of the world’s leading experts in Acupuncture for Labor & Delivery.

Deb and her team of PUSH professionals are always on call for attending births at home births, hospitals and birth centers throughout San Diego County and all PUSH professionals are licensed and properly insured.

The calming presence and expertise of a PUSH professional is especially helpful if your labor goes long or if you are having any fears/anxiety, uncontrolled nausea or pain during your delivery providing excellent options for your most optimal birthing experience.

To help you experience your most optimal birth we mainly perform acupressure (activating acu-points to provide relief from pain, stress and anxiety and nausea) and massage (soothing rocking motions and lots of pelvic area massage) and only use acupuncture if truly necessary. If we decide that acupuncture will provide the best results with a laboring Mom, we only use 1-2 points at a time and sometimes combine it with electrical stimulation (similar to a TENS unit). We also often include ear acupuncture, ear seeds and essential oils into our treatments.

Additional Resources

In addition to acupuncture, we offer a variety of other resources for pregnant women. We perform moxibustion, cupping, electrical stimulation, and prescribes Chinese herbs. We can recommend great doctors or midwives, as well as classes for childbirth, parenting, or breastfeeding. We also maintain a large network of holistic health professionals and specialists who support this special time in a family’s life. From healthy eating habits to prenatal-appropriate exercise, massage, and energy healing, you’ll have access to a tremendous wealth of knowledge and experience!

Accepted Locations

Make sure to check with your birthing facility in advanced to make they allow acupuncture during labor and/or delivery.

The following San Diego hospitals have welcomed our teams:

  • UCSD, Kaiser
All birth centers and homebirths are accepted.

Costs

90-minute service
  • $195/outcall
  • $50 travel fee (further than 10 miles)
  • $100 additional fee (between 9pm-9am)
  • $100/hour over the first 90 min