Helping your breech baby with Moxabustion & Acupuncture
With breech babies, generally, most babies turn spontaneously but, as the pregnancy nears the end, there is less room for the baby to move. From 33-34 weeks onward, if your baby has not turned, your midwife or obstetrician may tell you that your baby is in breech position.
Breech position is when your baby is presenting buttocks, feet or knees down rather then in a head first position. This poses a problem with delivery. The baby needs to be turned in the quickest and safest way as the space in the uterus is quickly diminishing.
Moxibustion and acupuncture are safe, effective and the gentlest way to encourage the turning of babies within the uterus.
Moxibustion is a warming herb that smoulders and does not burn. It has been used therapeutically for thousands of years as a healing modality. Through moxa-therapy we are able to stimulate the pelvic floor muscles causing the baby to move. From an eastern medicine point of view, the aim of the treatment is to increase the yang Qi, which in turn will warm and soften the walls of the uterus as blood flow is directed there. This can allow the baby to turn to the correct birthing position and, often, the mother will report feeling active movement for hours after the treatment.
I also like to prepare women’s bodies for the birth by softening their hips, calming their minds and getting her into a focused place in preparation for one of the most significant events in their life .
2- 6 treatments are usually recommended and women will be given a Moxa stick to be used everyday at home with clear instructions.
There are many clinical studies that have proved the effectiveness of Moxa – therapy increasing chances of a natural birth and less incidence of cesarean births. It is also effective for babies in posterior or transverse presentations. This treatment is completely safe and painless for mother and baby.
So, if you have been told your baby is in breech presentation then having a treatment at between 33-36 weeks using acupuncture and moxibustion is an effective safe option in helping your baby get into the right position.
Christina welcomes any questions.