San Francisco Pre-Birth Acupuncture

Weeks 36-40

Pre-birth Acupuncture can reduce the length of labor, prevent overdue births, and accelerate cervical ripening and dilation. 

These treatments can reduce the need for medical inductions, pain medication and epidurals, and emergency c-sections, and increases the likelihood of a normal vaginal birth. Studies have shown pre-birth acupuncture to reduce the need for induction by 35% (43% in first time mothers), reduce the need for epidural by 31%, and reduce emergency cesarian deliveries by 32%. 

We tailor treatments specific to a woman's pregnancy history, constitution and current symptoms. The focus of pre-birth acupuncture treatments is to:

  • ripen the cervix and assist effacement
  • enhance overall energy and stamina necessary for a healthy labor
  • assist the baby in being in the best position for labor

For planned C-sections, acupuncture before surgery can help you heal faster after your baby is born.

Pre-birth acupuncture is recommended weekly, depending on your symptoms and general health, from week 36 until baby is born.