Vaginal Birth after Cesarean (VBAC) and Acupuncture

Updated: Nov 1




Increase your chances for a vaginal birth even if you previously gave birth by cesarean.

Acupuncture for labor preparation is ideal for women who had previous cesarean births who are planning a natural birth.

Acupuncture will prepare and ripen the cervix naturally, acupuncture will also support the baby into an optimal position.



Facts

In its 1995 bulletin, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommended that repeat cesareans be limited, and encouraged a trial of labor with vaginal birth even after two previous cesareans. Nevertheless a vaginal birth after c-section is still a rarity in North America with 90% repeat cesarean rates.

It is also reassuring to report that on average 60-90% of women who attempt a Vaginal Birth After Cesarean succeed.


Is a VBAC the Right decision?

Of course, this is a discussion for you to have with your healthcare practitioner. But generally speaking, if you have a low-risk pregnancy, you are a great candidate for a natural VBAC birth.

Some considerations when thinking about a VBAC include the following:

· Type of surgical incision from the previous cesarean

· Reason for the past cesarean

· How many previous cesareans one has had

· The mother’s health issues, if any

· The shape of the uterus

· The presentation of baby



Benefits of vaginal birth after c-section


The hormones produced during labor have major benefits (even if it ends in another cesarean!).

  • Oxytocin ripens the cervix and has a calming, analgesic effect on both mother and baby.

  • Oxytocin assists with the bonding between baby and mother.

  • Oxytocin helps to shrink the uterus and decrease the chances of postpartum hemorrhage.

  • Rising estrogen levels prepare the uterus for labor, promote breastfeeding and also reduce the likelihood of hemorrhaging.

  • Promote baby's breathing; and boost their immunities.

  • Recent research shows that it prevent baby from developing allergies and asthma.



Acupuncture for a successful Vaginal Birth After Cesarean


It is generally worth starting acupuncture treatments at 36 weeks to fully support your body for natural birth. Acupuncture is a gentle, safe treatment that can help you have a positive, calm birth experience.


Labor preparation acupuncture is a course of balancing treatments designed to prepare your body for birth to trust your body, trust your baby, trust the process and stay calm and relaxed.

Stress, fear, and anxiety increase hormones that will counteract your desire for natural, vaginal childbirth.


Get the support you need ( Doula) and fill your mind with positive thoughts and visions of your successful birth.


Labor preparation acupuncture can

  • Ripen the cervix and support uterine tone

  • Keep you calm and minimize anxiety

  • Encourage the baby into the optimal position for birth

  • Nourish and build your energy for labor and recovery

  • Address any specific complaints such as back pain, heartburn or constipation

  • Reduce need for medical induction if the baby is overdue.





How does it work?




The purpose of Acupuncture Therapy is to achieve Internal Balance and Outward Harmony and create a therapeutic effect. In our case the aim is to prepare your body for labor, supporting and enhancing the natural processes that are already occurring.




Labor preparation acupuncture treatments will NOT promote labor if your body isn’t ready.



Labor Preparation acupuncture can

  • Ripen the cervix and support uterine tone

  • Keep you calm and minimize anxiety

  • Encourage the baby into the optimal position for birth

  • Nourish and build your energy for labor and recovery

  • Address any specific complaints such as back pain, heartburn or constipation

  • Reduce need for medical induction if the baby is overdue.


Does research support pre-birth acupuncture?


Kimberley Laurence citing Dr Debra Betts (PhD) reports that an observational study compared the birth outcomes of women who had received pre-birth acupuncture with those who received usual care (https://www.kimberleylaurence.com.au/preparing-for-a-natural-birth-with-acupuncture)


The study identified a number of positive outcomes of acupuncture treatment including:



  • The use of acupuncture in pregnancy is safe

  • A 35% decrease in the number of inductions (for women having their first baby this was 43%)

  • A 31% reduction in the epidural rate.

  • A 32% reduction in emergency cesarean delivery

  • There was no statistical difference in the onset of early labor in those women receiving pre-birth acupuncture.



When should I start?


For people who have had a cesarean, it is ideal to have acupuncture treatment following surgery and before the conception of a second child. This helps to heal scar tissue and increase the possibility of VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean.)

Acupuncture after any surgery helps with pain and quickens recovery all together, but is particularly useful if you are wanting to avoid a second C-section.

During pregnancy, treatments start around 36 weeks of pregnancy, however pre-birth acupuncture can still be beneficial if started after this date.




Make your pregnancy a positive experience


In addition to preparation for vaginal birth after cesarean as explained above, acupuncture has proven many more therapeutic effects.

Please click on the buttons below to read more about some of the benefits of Acupuncture during pregnancy.





















How to choose an Acupuncturist

It is important to find a Trained and Experienced practitioner Acupuncturist. Diplomats of acupuncture have at least four years of academic training at the master’s level, must pass rigorous exams and meet state licensing and continuing education requirements.




Esther Hornstein is a New York State licensed acupuncturist and diplomat in acupuncture. with continuous professional update.

In her Therapeutic Holistic approach, she addresses Pediatric ailments, Men & Women’s health, Pain management and overall Wellness.







Her private practice is in Ramat Beit Shemesh, Israel. 2nd nature Healing Center, 34 Nachal Hakishon.

www.2ndNatureAcu.com

tel: 054 719 9600



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