With 2000 years of recorded history, acupuncture has the oldest written record of any medical modality in the world and has been used continuously for thousands of years to assist women during preconception, pregnancy, birth and the post-partum period.  As two of the oldest forms of healthcare on the planet, acupuncture and midwifery have a long history of working together to promote health and well-being and to reduce complications during the childbearing year. 

Acupuncture as a modality offers solutions for many issues facing women during pregnancy for which modern medicine sometimes does not have readily available or safe options.  Acupuncture offers these solutions in a way that is completely natural, safe and without any adverse impact to your health or the health of your growing child. 

For more information about Sarah's education and experience with maternity acupuncture please see the About Sarah page.

In addition to clinical experience I am also a mother of two boys who were born at home in 2008 and 2011.  Through my own personal and clinical experiences with pregnancy, childbirth and motherhood I've gained a deep respect for both the inherent wisdom of a woman's body during the childbearing year and an understanding of the vital importance of experienced, skilled and empathetic health care providers as a woman moves through pregnancy, birth and motherhood.  I believe that each woman should be given as much support and informed choice as possible to ensure that the outcome of each pregnancy is a healthy baby and a happy mama!

For information about prenatal and birth packages see the Policy and Fees page.

acupuncture can be effective for....

during pregnancy:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Poor sleep
  • Hyperacidity and heartburn
  • Anxiety, depression and mood swings
  • All types of musculoskeletal pain
  • Threatened miscarriage and bleeding
  • Anemia
  • Itching
  • Constipation
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Vericose veins and vericosities
  • Headache and migraine
  • Hypertension
  • Breech, posterior and poorly positioned babies (ideally treatment occurs at 33-35 weeks)
  • As a preventative modality throughout pregnancy to support and maintain health.

just prior to labor:

  • Weekly acupuncture from 37-40 weeks for an efficient labor. 
  • Cervical ripening
  • Optimal positioning of the baby
  • Anxiety
  • Labor induction assistance prior to a scheduled induction

during LABor and just after birth:

  • Pain relief
  • Initiating labor after membranes have ruptured
  • Optimal positioning of the baby
  • Unfavorable cervical dilation or effacement
  • Stalled or inefficient labor and contractions
  • Bleeding and Hemorrhage
  • Exhaustion
  • Placenta retention

the postpartum:

  • Afterpains
  • Persistent uterine bleeding
  • Anxiety and mood swings
  • Post-partum depression
  • Poor sleep
  • Musculoskeletal injury during birth
  • Insufficient lactation and other breastfeeding issues
  • As a preventative through the postpartum to support and maintain a woman's health
  • Physical, mental and emotional support and stability through inevitable and missed miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, placental abruption and all pregnancy loss including voluntary pregnancy termination.