Acupuncture can be used as an alternative to support the natural onset of labour.


Labour induction is typically recommended when the health of the mother or baby is at risk due to prolonged pregnancy, medical complications, or other concerns.

Conventional methods may include the administration of synthetic oxytocin, artificial rupture of membranes, or cervical ripening agents. 

However, there are other methods to explore to help with natural labour induction, with the possibility of added side effects such as an easier, and less painful labour! 



Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine practice that involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body.

It has gained popularity in the field of obstetrics as an alternative therapy to support labour induction. 


Stimulating Acupressure Points: Acupuncturists target specific acupressure points in the body believed to have a direct influence on induction. These points include Spleen 6 (SP6), Bladder 60 (BL60), and Large Intestine 4 (LI4), among others, which are chose based on your unique presenation.


Promoting Relaxation: Acupuncture is known for its relaxing and stress-reducing effects. By promoting relaxation, it can help prepare the mother both mentally and physically for labour. 


Scientific Evidence

A Cochrane review of randomized controlled trials found that acupuncture may help shorten the duration of labour and reduce the need for medical interventions like epidurals.

Acupuncture has been reported to increase cervical ripening and improve uterine contractions, potentially facilitating the onset of labour.

Many pregnant individuals report a positive experience with acupuncture for induction, citing reduced anxiety and discomfort.


Considerations and Precautions

If you are considering acupuncture for labour induction, it's crucial to consult with your healthcare provider.


Timing: Acupuncture is often used in the later stages of pregnancy when full-term or post-term, with the ideal time to start acupuncture for labour induction at 35 weeks. This includes preparation with a focus on labour induction, closer to the due date. 


Individualized Care: Every pregnancy is unique, and the decision to use acupuncture should be based on your specific circumstances and preferences.



I recommend acupuncture and naturopathic care all throughout pregnancy and post-partum. If you are interested in starting your care, or if you are interested in labour preparation, it is recommended to start as close to week 35 as possible.