My husband, Edward, who is an acupuncturist, and I will be teaming up next month on 11th May to offer a workshop designed for couples on Acupressure & A Gentle Birth. The workshop is free and designed for couples to learn some acupressure points as well as deep relaxation techniques to mentally prepare the mother’s mind and body for a gentle birth. In order to promote the workshop and introduce some of the concepts that we will be exploring, we were asked to write an article to be included in the International School Nursery Newsletter. The content of that article is here for your reading pleasure:
Cultural programming and Hollywood movies have led us to believe that giving birth is a dramatic and painful experience most often involving the use of medical and pharmaceutical intervention. This doesn’t have to be the case. Through mindful preparation and education as well as support using natural methods such as acupressure, giving birth can be the most empowering experience of a lifetime.
Why is the mind body connection important in childbirth?
“The same energy that got the baby in there is the same energy that gets the baby out.” Ina May Gaskin, midwife
Relaxing and opening to the process of birth enables the body to do what it has been born to do. The mind body connection during labour and birth is powerful. The words spoken and support given to a laboring mother can have a profound effect on the opening of the cervix and the gentle delivery of the baby. Preparing the mind mentally with birth affirmations and practicing deep relaxation techniques can help strengthen the mind body connection of the mother.
How can acupuncture help prepare the body for childbirth?
Acupuncture is a wonderful way to reduce the mother’s stress, tonify her vital energy, calm her anxiety and even increase her chances of going into labor naturally. From 36 weeks gestation, acupuncture can help to turn a baby into an ideal position for birth as well as reduce the total labour time.
What is acupressure and how can it relieve pain during labour?
Acupressure involves the application of finger pressure to specific points on the body. A qualified acupuncturist can teach these points to a birth partner which can be applied to the mother before or during labour. Acupuncture or acupressure can also be used as a natural way of stimulating labour instead of a medical induction, which results in more intense contractions and also increases the risk of requiring additional intervention.
How can acupuncture help with post partum recovery?
After delivery, acupuncture assists the normal recuperative process by restoring the mother’s vital energy and blood and normalising the flow through the lower abdomen. It can help to stop bleeding and discharge, relieve pain and aid in healing a caesarean section. It is also ideal for preventing and assisting those suffering with post-partum depression.
Come to a free workshop designed for couples to learn these acupressure points as well as deep relaxation techniques to mentally prepare the mind and body for a gentle birth – Acupressure & a Gentle Birth
Wednesday 11th May 2016 – 6pm – Nursery School ISTCI, Providenciales, Turks & Ciacos
Call 946-5523 to reserve a place or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on acupuncture call Edward on 244-7787 or visit www.acupuncturetci.com
For more information on relaxation techniques call Marisa on 245-9288 or visit www.athomewithmalita.com