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For many women, their pregnancy will go beyond what is their expected due date (an EDD). Although a baby and a woman's body can naturally start to labour anytime from 37 to 42 weeks of pregnancy, many will progress beyond 40 weeks. For most pregnancies, this is still considered normal but for a number of women they will begin to feel the pressure of wanting to start their labour naturally, rather than wanting to go down the route of a hospital induction process.
There are also several women, for a variety of reasons, who may well have been advised to have a hospital induction at 40 weeks, and therefore feel an even greater need to "kick start" their labour.
Using a combination of therapies, specifically tailored to the individual woman and pregnancy, it may be possible to start the onset of labour, before it has begun on its own. Although it is not guaranteed to be successful, it has been reported that even if labour does not begin because of the treatment, when the labour is induced, the process is easier to establish.
The therapies I look to use are acupressure, massage or swiss reflexology and essential oils
During your initial visit, we can discuss how the pregnancy has progressed to date and where or not there are any concerns or circumstances that may need to be taken into consideration. We will also discuss how getting the baby into an optimal position may assist labour to commence. I shall then decide with you which of the therapies we may use, some I may teach you and/or your partner to continue at home. Any treatments agreed on will then be carried out.
I shall arrange a follow up appointment with you, for between 5-7 days later (if needed) to see if any of the treatments need to be altered or changed.
During some pregnancies, your baby may decide to sit in a breech presentation, which means that the baby's bottom (or legs or feet) might be sitting in your pelvis rather than the baby's head. Many babies can sit in this position for many weeks and there are no concerns. However, the bigger the baby gets and the further into the pregnancy you progress, the less the chances that the baby will turn on its own. By 37 weeks approximately 3% of babies will be a in a breech presentation.
If you get to 34 weeks of pregnancy and your baby is sitting in a breech position, if your pregnancy is progressing normally, and is complication free, there are techniques that can be used to help encourage your baby into a head down position. One of these is Moxibustion.
Moxibustion is a Traditional Chinese Medicine technique which has been used for thousands of years by acupuncturists. It involves the use of moxa sticks (made from dried mugwort) to apply heat to acupuncture points - this herb is chosen because of the intensity of heat it produces when burned. When attempting to turn a breech baby, the acupuncture point that is used is called 'Bladder 67' By stimulating this point the muscles in the uterus are relaxed and the baby can turn into the 'head down' position.
During your initial visit, we shall explore techniques that can be employed to help turn your baby into a head down position. If suitable, I will teach you how to use Moxibustion sticks, which you will take away to continue the treatment over the next 10 days. The moxibustion sticks are included in the package price.
I shall arrange a follow up appointment with you, for between 7-10 days later, to see if the treatment has been effective. If your baby has decided not to turn around, I can discuss and explain all further options that may be suitable for you, including how the baby be turned by hand and the options that you have around the birth of your baby.
Both overdue & Breech baby appointments I would charge £90 for & book a 90 minute appointment