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Natural Induction

Dr Andrew Orr has also done his own independent observational research studies into ‘Natural induction of labour assisted by acupuncture’ during pregnancy. He is one of the only independent healthcare practitioners in Australia to have done this research and have a special interest in these areas of pregnancy and why he is referred to by leading specialists and pregnancy healthcare providers.

There is also lots of research into this area and there is now good evidence to show that acupuncture may assist in helping with the labour processes, alongside and in conjunction with medical interventions.

There are many reasons that a woman may seek natural induction treatments prior to medical interventions.

  • Natural induction and is far less invasive than induction by other means as the process is more gradual.
  • Medical processes are highly effective for inducing labour but tend to place women into tertiary stages of labour, leading to a painful and intense birthing experience.
  • A woman’s obstetrician, general practitioner, or midwife may have referred her for assistance, prior to trying medical interventions.

Leading obstetricians refer their pregnant patients to Dr Andrew Orr’s clinic for assistance with labour preparation and natural induction of labour, before trying medical interventions, or at the same time as using medical interventions. Dr Andrew Orr’s clinic has a very symbiotic relationship with many of our leading Obstetricians, midwives and pregnancy healthcare providers to ensure the highest quality care and assistance is provided to all patients during their pregnancy

Treatments begin with a 15 minute massage on our electric massage chairs, followed by acupuncture to specific points on the body. The treatments are very relaxing which is needed for the mother during this time. During treatment, Electro-Stimulation is applied using a TENS machine, sending gentle electro-nuero-stimulation through the body via the acupuncture needles to assist with labour preparation and relaxation. We generally recommend between 1 to 3 treatments 48 hours apart.  A woman can begin natural induction from 38 weeks and after recommendation from her specialist, midwife, or primary healthcare provider.

References 

  1. Mucuk S, Baser M, Ozkan T. Effects of noninvasive electroacupuncture on labor pain, adrenocorticotropic hormone, and cortisol. Altern Ther Health Med. 2013;19:26e30.
  2. Allameh Z, Tehrani HG, Ghasemi M. Comparing the impact ofacupuncture and pethidine on reducing labor pain. Adv Biomed Res. 2015;4:46.
  3. Levett KM, Smith CA, Dahlen HG, Bensoussan A. Acupuncture and acupressure for pain management in labour and birth: a critical narrative review of current systematic review evidence. Complement Ther Med. 2014;22:523e540.
  4. Gaudernack LC, Forbord S, Hole E. Acupuncture administered after spontaneous rupture of membranes at term significantly reduces the length of birth and use of oxytocin: a randomized controlled trial. Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand. 2006;85: 1348e1353.
  5. Mucuk S, Baser M. Effects of noninvasive electroacupuncture on labour pain and duration. J Clin Nurs. 2014;23:1603e1610.
  6. Effects of LI-4 and SP-6 Acupuncture on Labor Pain, Cortisol Level and Duration of Labor . Asadi, Maharlouei, Khalili, Darabi, Davoodi, Shahraki, Hadianfard, Jokar, Homeira Vafaei, Maryam Kasraeian – J Acupunct Meridian Stud 2015;8(5):249e254 – https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jams.2015.08.003