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CBC News recently posted a great article on a study that showed women who received collaborative care during their pregnancy had, on average, shorter hospital stays and less cesarean sections than women who received standard care.
This is such a common question. However, there is a lot of misguided information out there, particularly on the web. Though acupuncture is 100% safe in pregnancy, there is some misunderstanding even amongst our community about its safety. Traditionally acupuncture has been used throughout the entire pregnancy. However, this has not been well documented. Obstetrical acupuncture was mainly an oral tradition used amongst midwives.
Many people in my industry frowned upon the idea that midwives would be allowed to use acupuncture in labour. However. Emilie and I felt it was important to equip midwives with this effective tool. The practice of acupuncture during labour was used regularly amongst midwives in China previous to communism.
For some, the thought of saving your placenta and eating it may not be that appealing but it has a long tradition with many health benefits. It is because of these amazing benefits that placenta encapsulation is becoming more and more popular.
Acupuncture has been shown to reduce the rate of cesarean section by 32%. The use of a Cesarean section (C-sections) can be a life-saving procedure if complications arise during a birth; however, the rate of unnecessary and elective C-sections has almost doubled on the last 20 years and can be as high as 50% in women over 40.
We nurture our pregnancy and our baby knowing that this will impact their well-being. But the latest research shows that natural vaginal childbirth also improves the well-being of the child and improves brain development and function in adulthood. This is yet another reason why we must support and encourage women to have a natural childbirth.
I get asked a lot about whether it is safe to exercise in the early stages of pregnancy. The answer is yes… though there are some caveats. Before starting any new exercise routine, always check with your doctor first.
A Doula friend shared a beautiful post recently on the connection between mother and child during pregnancy and afterward. A phenomenon called "fetomaternal microchimerism" is when cells from a fetus pass through the placenta into the mother's body and can stay there for decades.