SERVICES OFFERED

ACUNEEDLING

WHAT IS ACUNEEDLING?

Acuneedling is acupuncture performed by a midwife, specifically for pregnancy, labour and birth and into the postpartum period.

Acupuncture is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which is safe and effective in pregnancy with good research to support its use. Acuneedling is a technique used to balance the flow of energy or life force (known as qi) believed to flow through pathways (known as meridians) in your body. During acupuncture, very fine needles are inserted through the skin at points along the meridians to correct imbalances and restore health.

HOW CAN ACUNEEDLING HELP YOU?

In Pregnancy

Acupuncture during pregnancy may help with a range of symptoms. During the first trimester it helps nourish the body and alleviate early pregnancy symptoms such as fatigue, nausea and heartburn. As your pregnancy progresses, the aches and pains, constipation and swelling that goes along with pregnancy can be greatly alleviated by acupuncture. Throughout all stages of pregnancy it is safe and gentle with minimal adverse effects. It can be used to help treat;

  • Constipation
  • Thrush
  • Haemorrhoids
  • Vulval varices
  • Varicose veins
  • Heartburn
  • Oedema
  • Anemia
  • Restless legs
  • Back, hip, symphysis pubis pain and sciatica
  • Itching without a rash
  • Pregnancy induced hypertension
  • Threatened miscarriage

Birth Preparation

Acuneedling used to prepare the body for your childbirth experience works by tonifying and nourishing the body. The acupuncture points used help;

  • Soften and relax uterine ligaments
  • Increase blood flow to the pelvis
  • Encourage your baby to move into an optimal position for labour and birth
  • Prepare the cervix to soften and dilate
  • Encourage the uterine muscles to contract effectively when needed
  • Encourage you to relax your body and calm your mind, allowing you to keep in control as you prepare for your childbirth experience

Additional acupuncture points can be added if you are past your due date to help your baby engage into the pelvis, strengthen contractions and gently encourage cervical softening and dilation.

Postpartum

Acupuncture in the postnatal period is used to provide relaxation, grounding and to honour your postpartum body. This treatment uses needles and moxibustion. Moxibustion is based on the same basic principles as acupuncture, but instead of inserting needles, long sticks of the mugwort herb are burned near certain acupuncture points along your body. Both the heat from the burning and properties of the herb itself are thought to provide physical benefits.

Acupuncture can also be used to help treat breastfeeding issues, such as blocked ducts and early onset mastitis. This is an effective therapy in combination with a Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and/or your GP.

Your baby is always welcome during your postnatal appointment, where I can help attend to your baby while you use your time to rest and relax.

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT IN YOUR ACUNEEDLING APPOINTMENT?

An acuneedling appointment takes approximately 45 mins. We begin the session with a chat to discuss your concerns. Needles are then inserted and you are left alone to let the needles do their job, while you rest and relax in our calming space.

COST: $60.00 FOR A SINGLE APPOINTMENT

CAN ACUNEEDLING BE COMBINED WITH HYPNOTHERAPY?

Yes, it absolutely can! Acupuncture points to promote relaxation and to assist with calming and grounding are used to increase the therapeutic benefits of hypnotherapy.

COST: $140 PER SESSION

Alternatively, Best Value Packages have been created for a muma who requires multiple sessions to achieve the best outcome and therapeutic benefits from acuneedles.

BEST VALUE PACKAGES

NAUSEA AND VOMITING

Acupuncture can help reduce nausea and vomiting by acting on the upper gastrointestinal tract to decrease stomach acid secretion, increase the secretions of endorphins and ACTH (adrenocorticotropic hormone) and by decreasing stress and promoting relaxation and calm. It is recommended that you have two session in the first week, followed by another session the following week.

Value: $180.00

COST: $150.00 FOR 3 SESSIONS

BREECH

This treatment package is most effective from approximately 34 weeks gestation and uses a combination of hypnosis, acuneedling and moxibustion.

This package includes;

  • A hypnotherapy session
  • x2 acuneedling sessions
  • A hypnotherapy recording to encourage you relax and keep calm during an external cephalic version (ECV) if this is something you chose to do
  • Take home Moxibustion Home Care Kit (valued at $10.00) to continue your treatment at home, which maximises the benefits.

Value: $250.00

COST: $220.00

PREPARATION FOR BIRTH

Acupuncture to prepare women for their childbirth experience involves weekly sessions from 37 weeks. Acupuncture for childbirth preparation includes;

  • x3 acuneedling sessions weekly from 37 weeks to prepare your body for labour and birth
  • x1 Birth Activation session – this session is appropriate 3 to 4 days before medical induction or at 40 weeks gestation

Value: $240.00

COST: $210.00

POSTPARTUM

Mother warming to help provide calm and relaxation, while honouring your postpartum body.

Value: $120.00

COST: $90.00 FOR 2 SESSIONS