Acupuncture in Pregnancy and Childbirth

West, Z., 2001 Edinburgh, Scotland: Churchill Livingstone, 118

An acupuncturist and midwife in the UK, Zita West (West, 2001) described an anecdotal case of a woman with threatening preterm labour that she treated in a National Health funded clinic at Warwick Hospital. This woman had been pregnant seven times (including two miscarriages and twins in her fourth pregnancy).

With each pregnancy she had threatened preterm labour/irritable uterus. She was repeatedly admitted to hospital from 20 weeks. She was given weekly acupuncture from eight weeks in her last three pregnancies. In her most recent pregnancy she managed to avoid hospital admission until 32 weeks and had her baby at 38 weeks.

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