Pregnancy Health with Melbourne’s Acupuncture Experts

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Pregnancy is a transformative journey, and many people are turning to ancient practices like acupuncture to enhance their well-being during this special time. At Fertile Ground Health Group in Melbourne, we understand the unique needs of pregnancy, providing expert acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine services tailored to support a healthy pregnancy, labour, and parenthood.

Unlocking the Benefits of Acupuncture During Pregnancy

For centuries, women have embraced acupuncture and traditional Chinese herbal remedies as integral parts of their pregnancy journeys. Acupuncture, administered by experienced practitioners, offers a safe approach to addressing pregnancy symptoms, particularly nausea (without needing to ingest anything). At Fertile Ground Health Group, our skilled practitioners specialise in caring for pregnant women, ensuring expert support with a focus on both the mother and baby’s well-being. For extra help navigating nausea in pregnancy:

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Navigating Pregnancy Challenges with Acupuncture

Acupuncture has proven to be highly effective in alleviating various pregnancy-related conditions. From nausea and lower back pain to pelvic girdle pain, acupuncture addresses these challenges with a growing body of evidence supporting its benefits. Our team at Fertile Ground Health Group excels in providing expert care for expecting parents, offering solutions for breech presentation, labour and birth preparation.

Safety Assurance in Acupuncture During Pregnancy

Research (Moon H-Y, 2020) supports the safety of acupuncture during pregnancy, emphasising the importance of seeking experienced practitioners. At Fertile Ground Health Group, our daily practice includes caring for pregnant women, ensuring that our acupuncturist are not only experts but also understands the unique needs and limitations of this crucial time. Whether opting for acupuncture or Chinese herbal medicine, both can be employed successfully to support a healthy pregnancy.

Optimal Frequency of Acupuncture Sessions

Upon confirming your pregnancy, we recommend weekly acupuncture visits, especially if you have a history of conception difficulties or early pregnancy issues. The first trimester focuses on treating common complaints while enhancing overall health and well-being. As the pregnancy progresses, appointments may become less frequent, with a focus on addressing specific issues that may arise.

Birth Preparation with Acupuncture

Around the 30-34 week mark, consultations with your acupuncturist become crucial for labour preparation. Weekly sessions from 34 weeks onward help ensure optimal fetal positioning, stress management, and improved energy levels. Acupuncture plays a pivotal role in preparing the cervix and uterus for birth, promoting spontaneous and uncomplicated labour.

Turning the Tide: Acupuncture for Breech Presentation

Our practitioners have achieved remarkable success in turning malpositioned or breech babies using a moxa technique, with optimal results if treatment begins between 34 and 37 weeks. The earlier the intervention, the higher the likelihood of success in repositioning the baby for a smoother delivery.

Inducing Labour Naturally with Acupuncture

For overdue pregnancies, induction acupuncture offers a natural alternative to medical induction. The gradual build-up to contractions helps ripen the cervix and minimise the need for interventions. The relaxing effects of acupuncture also contribute to a positive mindset, ensuring you are mentally prepared for labour.

Acupressure and Pain Relief in Labour

Our acupuncturists not only provide acupuncture but also educate you and your partner / support person on using acupressure points during labour. Read our blog post (Top Tips To Get Your Labour Started) to prepare to get your labor started naturally, harnessing the power of acupressure.

Chinese Herbal Medicine: A Complementary Approach

In addition to acupuncture, we offer Chinese herbal medicine to support expecting and new parents. Our practitioners are available to answer any questions you may have about the herbal medicines we recommend. However, the choice to incorporate Chinese medicine during pregnancy is entirely yours.

Experience Excellence at Fertile Ground Health Group

At Fertile Ground Health Group, our highly skilled team of practitioners is dedicated to your preconception and pregnancy needs. Whether you are exploring acupuncture for fertility, seeking pregnancy care, birth preparation, or postnatal support, we are here for you. Contact us today to discuss your unique needs and embark on a journey towards optimal pregnancy wellness with acupuncture in Melbourne.

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New Birth Preparation Video Consultations

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Women need to be held and supported as they cross the threshold of childbirth into motherhood.

Birth Preparation is an essential tool to get your head and heart in the game and ready for labour. To feel mentally and emotionally equipped to deal with the transition ahead. These tools and support have never been more necessary than they are now.

As an Acupuncturist and Birth Support person these conversations would usually take place in the context of an acupuncture consult. Conversations about fears and tools, about options and research.

And yet, in the context of this rapidly evolving new world, acupuncture as a routine birth preparatory measure is no longer our best option. We’re adapting. And it is my belief that at this time we should instead have these conversations and preparations at a distance – via either phone or zoom.

Consults are 60 minutes and can cover whatever you like.

  • Tools to create calm as you step closer to birth
  • Techniques for managing pain
  • Developing a working with pain mindset
  • Physiology of birth and the role that the world environment might be playing
  • Acupressure points that may be of use
  • Any research links to help you better understand different things that may be coming up
  • Talking about any previous birth experiences 
  • Preparing for postpartum
  • And anything else that you might want to discuss

The content we cover will be guided entirely by you and your unique needs.

To get a sense of things you might like to cover, have a read of this article I wrote:

Our conversation will cover the terrain that doula / birth support generally encompass. It’s important to note that medical advice around COV-19 should be coming from your primary care provider and only a select few other resources (World Health Organisation and others)

There is scope to do follow up consults to dive deeper or address things as they pop up for you.

There is also absolutely scope to continue this phone support after your birth to:

  • help you step down from labour
  • active birth story listening
  • remind you of the basics and caring for yourself in the midst of this monumental transition
  • offer resources and referrals where appropriate

Support is crucial. We are right here for you.

You can call 9419 9988 or make an online booking here: Book Online


Written by Amy O’Brien, FGHG Acupuncturist and Birth Attendant.

Amy is a passionate Acupuncturist, Chinese herbalist and birth attendant. She is fascinated by birth and exploring our birthing potential. The births of her own two children were her most incredible life experiences and she is also keen to explore better outcomes for postpartum women.