Prenatal, Birth and Postpartum Care

Prenatal, Birth and Postpartum Care Acupuncture and Pregnancy

Early Pregnancy 

Early pregnancy is an amazing time filled with great transformation. However, it can also be a time of difficult challenges for a new mother if she has issues with:
  • morning sickness
  • threatened miscarriage
  • exhaustion
  • anxiety
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine can help support women through these times by easing symptoms, and strengthening the newly pregnant mother as she transitions through this period.    

Throughout Pregnancy

As little baby grows and develops so does mother's body.  It is during this time an expecting mother may experience new aches and pains as well as some common syndromes.  Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine can help alleviate many of these including:
  • hip pain
  • hemorrhoids
  • sciatica
  • heartburn
  • constipation
  • urinary tract infections
  • itching
  • depression
  • insomnia
  • sinusitis
  • pregnancy induced hypertension
  • edema


Preparing for Labour

It is recommended to come in for a few sessions before your due date for "cervical ripening" in which acupuncture points are selected to help prep the body for labour.  Women who come in for 2-4 treatments before giving birth show to have easier deliveries with less complications. 

However, as labour approaches, there are a few specific acupuncture techniques that can be done in cases of: 
  • malpresentation and breech baby
  • induction if baby is overdue


During Labour

More and more women are committed to having natural births without medications or pain medicine. Whether you are having a home or hospital birth, consider making an acupuncturist part of your birthing team. Acupuncture during labour can assist in:
  • labour augmentation
  • pain management
  • optimal fetal positioning

Rates:

in clinic
 
  community-style: 
  initial $40-$60 sliding scale
  subsequent $30-$50 sliding scale

  private:
  initial $80
  subsequent $65

Home/Hospital Visits within New Westminster
  $90 for the first hour
  $75 for each additional hour

Home/Hospital Visits outside of New Westminster-
  $100 for the first hour
  $85 for each additional hour

For emergency treatments outside of clinic hours, please email Fiona directly at gatheredrootsacupuncture@gmail.com with the subject line  "Emergency Labour Acupuncture".

Acupressure during Labour:


If you and your birth partner would like to use acupressure during labour, please visit our Courses & Workshops page for more info.


Patients' Comments:


"Gathered Roots Community Acupuncture is a warm, inviting and beautiful place! I just had a moxibustion treatment with Fiona the owner and found her to be very knowledgeable, open and kind. Being 9 months pregnant, she even went out of her way to bring me a refill of the moxa sticks as I live in the neighborhood and wasn't able to drink or eat for a test I was having that day. Talk about service! I would highly recommend Gathered Roots for acupuncture, moxibustion or any other holistic treatment they may offer." -T.M July, 2013

"Baby flipped!  I can't believe this but I found out last week that the baby is head down! I don't know if it was patience, moxibustion, breech tilts or sheer will but it's amazing!" -T.M July, 2013

"Success! I just thought you would be excited to know that my labour started only a handful of hours after my induction acupuncture session :) ...It was a really smooth labour and I think the acupuncture really helped :)" -M.H July 2014

"I gave birth to a baby boy at home this past Sunday!  My labour was much shorter than last time and we were pleased with how well everything went.  I'm really happy that I discovered gathered roots for this pregnancy and I don't doubt that the treatments played a part in preparing me for labour." -O.D Oct 2015

"He turned! No longer breech! Thank you for all your help. :)" -S.E Nov 2015

"I feel so great after my first treatment! The chronic pain I was having since becoming pregnant has not yet returned and I can feel my body welcoming change and preparing itself to give birth! Looking forward to my next appointment!" -M.K. Mar 2017

"Hi! I'm so excited to tell you my baby turned into the head down position. I saw the specialist today to confirm. I'm so glad I found you and was so happy with my appointments...Thank you so so much!!!" -S.D. July 2017

"Thank you so much for all your help in the lead up to the big event. Once things got moving I actually dilated from 4 to 10cm in half an hour and I definitely attribute my success to the complimentary therapies I had during pregnancy!" -R.D. June 2017


"After being in labour when I came in at 11:15 yesterday, things continued to make steady progress. I got to the hospital at 8:30 and he was out at 10! We are all doing well. Thank you both for all your help and assistance. We had almost the birth we wanted... my only complaint is that it wasn't pain free ;) Thank you again for all you've done!" -C.S. Sep 2017

"So my baby boy was born in a lightning fast hour and forty minute labour yesterday- no time for labour acupuncture as it turned out! I'm sure all my pre labour appointments helped make the labour flow really well!" -J.U. Sep 2017

"Well, what can I say Fiona?!! You are good!! Started having some contractions around 6pm and our little girl arrived 12:13am today weighting 8lbs. Guess I won’t be needing that 2nd acupuncture appt today at 4pm after all! If you could please let me know that you received this that would be great! Thank you so much again!!!! 
I will certainly recommend you to my friends in the future :-)" -B. Nov 2017