Acupuncture expert Jani White demonstrates on a pregnant women her techniques and talks about the benefits of acupuncture in pregnancy.
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Anastasia Baker: Many women who are having problems conceiving or problems during their pregnancy are seeking out acupuncture to help them. Well, with us to tell us more about this kind of treatment is Jani White, a traditional acupuncturist, and also one of her patients, Danielle Reid. Now, tell us why did you seek out acupuncture during your pregnancy? Danielle Reid: Well, I had a breech baby at 29 weeks, and she was still breech at 34 weeks, so I really had to do something to try to move her. Anastasia Baker: But why did you think acupuncture could help? Danielle Reid: I looked on the Internet. My midwife said there wasn’t a lot that we could do, but I thought there probably was, and so I looked on to the Internet and saw acupuncture as an option. Anastasia Baker: And how has it helped? Danielle Reid: Well, she has turned, and at 36 weeks now she is head down. Anastasia Baker: How many weeks was she the wrong way up? Danielle Reid: She was the wrong way up for about seven weeks. So that’s fantastic. Anastasia Baker: And you put that all down to acupuncture? Danielle Reid: Well, I was skeptical to start with, however, I can't see any other thing that would have turned her. Anastasia Baker: Fantastic. Jani, how could acupuncture have helped Danielle? Jani White: In terms of the breech baby? Anastasia Baker: Yes. How did you manage to turn this baby around? Jani White: That's a very good question Anastasia, a difficult one to start with. Acupuncture has been used for pregnancy and childbirth for some 2,000 years, and in Chinese medicine itself, gynecology is perhaps the most understood aspect of Chinese medicine, and this method of turning breech babies has been used for centuries. So we have a great deal of empirical knowledge, and recently there was a study done jointly in China and in Italy, and in China they had a 90% inversion rate. Anastasia Baker: But is it safe to be sticking needles into -- Jani White: It's not needles for turning breech babies, we need to be really clear about that. But certainly acupuncture antenatally and during labor and postpartum, after the baby is born, is a most wonderful therapy. It's completely safe, and I think that moms really, really appreciate it, and more and more women are turning to it, especially when they are pregnant, because they know that they can have this treatment, and the sure knowledge that it's completely safe with the baby. Anastasia Baker: Can you show us then what kind of treatment you are doing on Danielle? Jani White: Certainly. Well, if you just lie back first Danielle. So Danielle is 36 weeks' pregnant, so now her baby is the right way down, head is down. So she is cephalic presentation. So she is in an absolute perfect position. And at 36 weeks, she is going into the transition now, which is out of the development of the baby and into the prelabor phase. The pregnancy is of course divided into trimesters. So the first trimester is all about building up the center and the baby is finding its form. The second trimester is all about the development of the form. The third trimester is all about the refinement of that form. Anastasia Baker: So can you show us exactly what you are going to be doing? Jani White: Sure. From 36 weeks, we are very much turning our attention away from the development of the pregnancy, where the baby is going to be. All that this baby is going to do now is get bigger. So at this stage we really want to turn our energy to understanding what the mother needs. She has got to be prepared to deliver this baby. After 36 weeks of packing, one can feel a little bit tired. The reality is that most women these days are working through their pregnancies, and so work has a very depleting affect on energy. Pregnancy is something that requires a great deal of rest. So acupuncture antenatally is an absolutely wonderful way to help to counter that depletion. So all the way through the treatment antenatally, we like to help build the mother’s energy, a