Pre-labour treatments and childbirth preparation sessions

We provide a comprehensive range of treatments to support you through pre-labour and childbirth.

Pre-labour treatments with acupuncture

In the last weeks of pregnancy, weekly acupuncture treatments can be given to harmonise the mother's energy and to focus on preparation for labour. These treatments can:

  • Enable optimal foetal positioning
  • Ripen the cervix to encourage the onset of labour
  • Help establish effective contractions
  • Result in a less painful birth experience

New Zealand midwives who conducted a study on the benefits of these treatments concluded they contributed to shorter labour times. There was a significant reduction in rates of induction, epidurals and C-sections in women receiving weekly acupuncture from week 36 of their pregnancy. For more information, click here.

Pre-labour treatments with osteopathy

Treatments with osteopathy, from week 36 of your pregnancy, provide a safe and side-effect free way to prepare your body for childbirth and the post-natal period. We can help with:

  • Pregnancy aches and pains
  • Preparing your body for labour
  • Optimal foetal positioning: to help establish effective contractions, to encourage a more comfortable birth experience and reduce interventions

Childbirth preparation workshops

In the final term of your pregnancy we can help you prepare mentally and physically for birth and beyond. This can be part of a group workshop, or as a one-to-one or small groups by arrangement. Our sessions include:

    "I am sure that
   thanks to
   acupuncture in
   preparation for
   labour I was able
   to have a smooth,
   completely natural,
   no drugs at all,
   birth at home."

Lara, Oxford

  • Determining your pelvic shape so you can know the best birthing position for your body
  • Strengthening the muscles needed for childbirth
  • Pelvic floor exercises to create better awareness of these muscles for release during labour, to reduce tearing and improve muscle health for post-natal healing
  • Stress release techniques to improve the release of oxytocin to assist contractions and ease the birth process
  • Positions for labour
  • Yoga positions for optimal foetal positioning, resulting in more effective contractions, faster dilation of the cervix, easier passage for baby’s head, reduced trauma to baby’s head and shorter more comfortable labours
  • Post-natal massage and acupressure for breast feeding and post-natal recovery


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Treatments during pregnancy





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