Birth Preparation

Using Acupuncture & Acupressure to Prepare for Labor and Postpartum

Acupuncture and acupressure needs to start around 36 weeks to help a person's body prepare for labor. 

Acupuncture is done on a weekly basis starting at 36 weeks and increasing to twice a week from 38 weeks onwards. During this time, a support person will begin acupressure towards the same goal - preparing a person's body for labor.

Labor Prep Acupressure Class

Acupuncture Northwest & Associates proudly teaches a class for "Pre-Birth Acupressure". Our next class is in Seattle will be at the Lytle Center at Swedish Hospital at 5pm on October 10th. You need to schedule at the Lytle Center for the Seattle class. We also teach the class in the Tacoma office once a month on Saturdays at 9 am. Book here.  The class is $45 a couple. We recommend taking the class between 28-35 weeks but if you are already beyond that, the class will still be very useful!

Here is the info about the class:

This highly hands on and practical class will teach acupressure to help:

  • Prepare the woman’s body for labor
  • Reduce pain and fear in labor
  • Encourage milk production and reduce afterpains in the postpartum period. 
  • Give the partner/support person a way to be very supportive and feel useful
  • Help the couple bond during this very special time

This class is a must for any person/couple preparing for labor, whether it’s your first or third child!

Acupuncture/Acupressure Before Labor  

Starting around 36 weeks, partners or support people of the pregnant person can begin preparing for labor.  

  • Prepare the pregnant person's body for labor (like helping to ripen the cervix)
  • Release oxytocin, which helps start the positive feedback loop of oxytocin in the body
  • Help the pregnant person relax

Acupressure (and if possible acupuncture) During Labor 

Can be done by your support person/people (or your acupuncturist) while you are in labor.

  • Reduce pain and fear during labor
  • Optimize baby position
  • Give the support person/partner a way to be very supportive and feel useful
  • Engender intimacy (with partner) during this very special time

Acupuncture/Acupressure for Postpartum 

After birth, there is still lots a support person can do with acupressure or your acupuncturist.

  • Facilitate breastfeeding
  • Decrease afterpains and more!

There's an app for that!

The app will show you the points and how to use them in order to be prepared for labor.

"Acupressure for Natural Pain Relief in Labour" App. You can get it here for the iPhone.

Or you can Get the video here.