Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making mothers—strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength
—Barbara Katz Rothman
We know you are preparing, mentally and physically, for the extraordinary experience of the birth of your child.
Acupuncture can be a vital support both before and during childbirth to insure your health, the health of your baby, and to insure the progression of labor without unwanted interventions. For centuries, acupuncture has been used to assist women naturally during childbirth.
Its many benefits for labor and delivery include:
- Cervical ripening
- Optimal positioning of baby
- Relaxing the muscles, tendons and ligaments in order to allow baby to easily descend further into the pelvis
- Alleviating anxiety, fear, and frustration
- Easing any discomforts the mother-to-be may be experiencing (i.e. heartburn, back pain/sciatica, headache, restless legs, etc.)
- Maintaining healthy blood pressure
- Boosting energy level for onset of labor.
Research shows that acupuncture during labor reduces pain and reduced incidence of unwanted interventions and cesarean sections.
Receiving acupuncture in the weeks leading up to your delivery helps to ensure your comfort and health, and frees you to focus on the most joyful part of childbirth—the moment you meet your baby for the first time.
All Nest acupuncturists have postgraduate training specifically in childbirth and have extensive experience attending births using acupuncture. The Nest works in conjunction with obstetricians and midwives in the Chicago area and our reputation attests to our competence and caring.
Are you interested in having a Practitioner attend your labor and delivery?
Call The Nest at 773.267.0248 for more information and pricing.
Our nurse-midwifery group believes in holistic care for our clients and is very grateful for the opportunity to send women to the Nest for complimentary and alternative therapies as an adjunct to our care. We have received wonderful feedback and success stories from clients whom we referred for infertility, anxiety, breech presentation, and induction of labor. Sherri Ruerup, Certified Nurse Midwife (Swedish Covenant Hospital)
I have always referred my patients to The Nest for concerns related to pregnancy and fertility. The practitioners there are both knowledgeable and compassionate, and they are dedicated to improving the health of women and children. They are passionate about pregnancy and childbirth and are committed to making the pregnancy and birth experience optimal for each woman they serve. Patients I have referred have always felt well cared for, and I will continue to consider The Nest a top resource. Amy Willen, CNM (West Suburban Hospital)
Jennifer has a passion and love for childbirth that is essential to working with women in labor. She draws from her vast knowledge and experience to help women have the birth experience they want. Her respect and awe of the birth process is evident and her ability to be with women in each changing moment is vital to this process. Her commitment to natural birth and to each individual woman’s needs is reflected in her extensive knowledge of labor and birth treatments. She adds a healing and positively energetic presence to birth. Gwen Riddell, CNM
As a childbirth educator, doula and maternal child administrator, clients often rely on me for referrals to other healthcare providers. I confidently refer clients to The Nest for various pregnancy and postpartum conditions, labor preparation treatments, and Childbirth Acupuncture support. I have worked directly with Jennifer and she has continually demonstrated her knowledge and expertise in the fields of fertility, women’s health, pregnancy, labor, and delivery. Referred clients always come back with positive feedback about their experience working with Jennifer and her staff. Mary Sommers, CPM, childbirth educator
Proof It Works
Pre-birth acupuncture reduces labor time.
Effects of acupuncture during labor and delivery in a U.S. hospital setting: a case-control pilot study.
Citkovitz C, Klimenko E, Bolyai M, Applewhite L, Julliard K, Weiner Z.Department of Research, Lutheran Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY 11220, USA. CCitkovitz@lmcmc.com
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to assess clinical effects and logistical feasibility of acupuncture given during labor and delivery in a U.S. hospital setting. DESIGN: A case-control pilot study was conducted with 45 parturients receiving acupuncture during labor and delivery alongside standard care. Primary outcome endpoints were incidence of cesarean section, amount of parenteral opioids used, use of epidural anesthesia, and duration of labor. Secondary endpoints included patient satisfaction and nursing staff acceptance as assessed by postpartum questionnaire, maximum flow rate of oxytocin, incidence of instrumental delivery, Apgar score, and incidence of adverse event. RESULTS: Forty-five (45) patients receiving acupuncture were compared to 127 historical controls matched for maternal age, gestational age, parity, and use of oxytocin (augmentation and induction were matched separately). Acupuncture patients underwent significantly fewer cesarean sections (7% versus 20%, p = 0.004). No significant differences were noted in other clinical endpoints. Seventy-eight percent (78%) of nurses reported a subjective perception of improvement in patients’ comfort with acupuncture, while 83% reported that the acupuncturists’ presence never interfered with their work. Eighty-seven percent (87%) of patients reported that acupuncture had helped them. CONCLUSIONS: Acupuncture during labor and delivery is well tolerated by patients and medical staff. It should be further evaluated for its promise in potentially reducing the incidence of cesarean section.