ACUPUNCTURE IN LABOUR IMPROVES BABIES’ CONDITION AT BIRTH
Researchers in Denmark have compared acupuncture with transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation (TENS) and analgesic medication for pain relief during labour. 607 healthy women in labour at term were randomised to receive acupuncture, TENS or analgesics. Pain scores were comparable in all groups, but use of pharmacological and invasive methods was found to be significantly lower in the acupuncture group. Acupuncture was not found to influence the duration of labour or the use of oxytocin. Mean Apgar score (a method for assessing the health of newborn infants) at five minutes and umbilical cord pH value (which measures the level of oxygenation if the infant’s blood) were significantly higher among infants in the acupuncture group compared with infants in the other groups. (Acupuncture as pain relief during delivery: a randomized controlled trial. Birth. 2009 Mar;36(1):5-12).
Categories: Pregnancy & labour