Encouraging Spontaneous Labour
There are acupuncture points considered to have the potential to encourage spontaneous labour and these may be offered as part of your treatment from 40 weeks onwards on condition that there are no medical contraindications. Your practitioner may also provide guidance on self-administered acupressure to supplement the treatments in the days preceding a medical induction date.
There are unfortunately however very few studies exploring the use of acupuncture to induce labour (Smith, C.A. & Crowther, C.A., 2004).
Smith CA, Crowther CA. (2004) Acupuncture for induction of labour. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Issue 1