Many women look for pain-relief alternatives for their labor and birth experience, but acupuncture may not be the best pain-relief...
Many women look for pain-relief alternatives for their labor and birth experience, but acupuncture may not be the best pain-relief option to explore. According to new research recently published in the obstetrics journal BJOG, mamas given acupuncture after having a labor induction got no pain relief from the procedure. 2/3 of the women ended up asking for an epidural during labor. Dr. Ian Z. MacKenzie, the lead researcher on the study, told Reuters Health in an email, "I believe that the overwhelming evidence from objectively conducted randomized studies indicates that acupuncture offers little benefit." I'm not so sure I'd jump to the conclusion that acupuncture doesn't work though. A major problem I see with this study is that the researchers used acupuncture on women being induced. Labor induction causes much more intense contractions than non-induced labor. Just because a specific pain relief method doesn't work for women who are induced, doesn't mean it won't work for women who go into labor naturally. Of course, if you're interested in acupuncture for labor relief, discuss this with your midwife or doctor. You also may like:

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