Acupressure for Pregnancy, Labor and Postpartum

Rebecca Gay and Teresa Howard were able to attend a six hour workshop by Nicholas Olow, an acupuncturist from San Diego who specializes in working with pregnant, laboring and new moms. A dozen doulas and several midwives in the metro area were able to attend this wonderful offering as well.

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What if I told you acupuncture could do help you prenatally with:

  • morning sickness
  • low back pain/ sciatica
  • hemorrhoids
  • heartburn
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • pelvic pain
  • constipation
  • anemia
  • insomnia
  • fatigue
  • anxiety and depression
  • babies who are small for gestational age
  • breech babies
  • malpositioned babies

And we were taught how to use acupressure to help with nausea and vomiting.  We learned how to help with low back pain and even hemorrhoids. We were encouraged to share how to do these techniques work with the pregnant mom’s partner so they can help her daily if needed.

We learned how to help re-establish contractions during labor. We were taught how to help a baby move down into the pelvis during labor. We learned how to help a cervix dilate faster- which helps a woman not be diagnosed failure to progress! And of course we learned how to help with generalized pain in labor, especially with lower back pain/sciatica.  And those are the physical things. We learned how to help a mom be less stressed and have less anxiety. And to top it all off, we learned how to help with malpositioned babies- specifically occipital posterior and asynclitic babies.

Now you may think gee, isn’t that enough- but no! Nick taught us how to help a mom during the postpartum period. He showed us techniques to help a mom with uterine contractions that are caused when initially breastfeeding as the baby is helping to get the uterus to shrink down, after birth pains. And you know that perineal discomfort? We have techniques to help with that- and it does not mean touching you in a personal spot!  And even postpartum depression and baby blues can be assisted with acupressure. And to top it all off we learned how to help a mom during breastfeeding- with difficulty with let down, low milk supply and engorgement. And if you have hemorrhoid issues and low back pain can be assisted with the techniques we learned.

Can you say, whew? We have lots of handouts so we can practice and Rebecca and I plan to share the wealth of information with our doula sisters in our group. And we hope they will attend the next workshop when we get Nick to return.  We feel it is essential and important to continue our education toward becoming even better doulas. We want to thank Debbie Schneider, a wonderful homebirth midwife, for bringing Nick to town to teach us this wealth of information!