Debra BETTS Sue LENNOX1 Course Coordinator and Tutor New Zealand School of Acupuncture, New Zealand; 1 Graduate School of Nursing and Midwifery, Wellington, New Zealand
Course Coordinator and Tutor New Zealand School of Acupuncture, New Zealand , Graduate School of Nursing and Midwifery, Wellington, New Zealand
Midwives in the Wellington region have noted that women receiving prebirth acupuncture consistently experience more efficient labours. Midwives report that the length of labour is reduced, particularly in primigravid women, with a reduction in medical intervention required. This paper will evaluate an audit of 15 midwives who have completed a specialized training programme in acupuncture and currently offer prebirth acupuncture as an adjunct to their midwifery practice. This audit will evaluate the data collected over a four month time period and will analyze the following: the acupuncture points used by the midwives for prebirth treatment; the percentage of women who went into spontaneous natural labour following prebirth acupuncture; the type of delivery following those women who required a medical induction including the percentage who had surgical, instrumental or normal vaginal delivery; length of labour for all women with percentages for primigravid and multigravid women; pharmacological analgesia used during labour including details of the numbers of women who used an epidural, pethadine or nitrous oxide as analgesia; the type of delivery for all women receiving prebirth acupuncture including the percentage of Caesarean section, forceps, vacuum and normal vaginal delivery. This data will be compared to current relevant maternity statistics to evaluate the effectiveness of acupuncture as a prebirth treatment.
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