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About 3-4% of pregnant women end up with a baby who is in breech presentation at term. If you find yourself in that percentage, don’t worry! Acupuncture with moxibustion treatment is a highly effective, gentle way to turn around a breech presentation baby.

Research regularly shows success rates of 75%-95%. In a study from 2003, 90.2% of babies before 34 weeks had spontaneous cephalic version after treatment and the success rate for women who were given treatment after 34 weeks was 84.6%. (See research below.) We have seen these high success rates in our own practice.

What is Moxibustion?
Moxa is a name for the herb Artemisia vulgaris (mugwort or common wormwood) and moxibustion simply means the burning of this herb. This modality is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to promote healing, generate warmth in the body/channels, foster energy and movement, and to assist over-all healing in the body.  

How Does It Work to Turn a Baby?
Because of the warming, raising, and moving effect of moxa, it is used to encourage the baby to become more active to gain the momentum needed to reposition into the head-down/cephalic position. Moxa also influences the mother’s energy which assists the baby to correct malposition.The moxa sticks are lit and held above the indicated acupuncture point, UB 67. The acupuncture point UB 67 is the primary point used to activate the uterus. It is located on the outer, lower edge of both little toenails. This technique is useful for frank breech, transverse and complete breech presentations. Acupuncture is used in tandem with moxibustion to restore balance to the body’s energy and organ systems to support the correct position of the baby. It is also influential for strengthening the body for labor and delivery.

The cumulative effect of treatments given several days in a row contributes to the high success rate so we have developed a Breech Turn Package for our patients. Please see our pricing page on our website.  Treatments consist of five consecutive acupuncture and moxibustion treatments that directly influence the uterus and encourage correction of malposition.

Why Should You Get Breech Turn at The Nest?
We defer to one of our lovely patients—

The Nest has been a true place of physical and emotional health care and healing for me since long before my current pregnancy began, so when I found out at 36 weeks that my baby was breech, I felt so lucky to already know that I was in great, capable, and caring hands. The wisdom and resources of the acupuncturists at The Nest helped put my anxieties at ease —which is half the battle when it comes to breech positioning, from what I understand—as we laid out a plan and put it to work. My baby turned after just a few sessions, and I’m continuing to enjoy the incredible benefits of acupuncture through the remainder of my pregnancy.                                                                                                                                       -Amanda

Moxibustion explanation and 90.2% success rate

ABC News Reports Acupuncture and Moxibustion Turns Breech Babies
When combined with acupuncture, moxibustion resulted in fewer non-cephalic presentations at birth (RR 0.73, 95% CI 0.57 to 0.94), and fewer births by caesarean section (RR 0.79, 95% CI 0.64 to 0.98) compared with no treatment.

Cephalic version y moxibustion for breech presentation


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Exciting News!

A new study published by The University of Adelaide in South Australia found that “Chinese Herbal Medicine can improve pregnancy rates 2-fold within a 4 month period compared with Western Medical fertility drug therapy or IVF.

The university analyzed research studying 1,851 women with infertility. They compared women that received Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) with those that received Western drug therapy alone. Those that received TCM showed a pregnancy rate of 60% within a four-month period compared with the 30% undergoing IVF.

The authors of the study noted that, “Assessment of the quality of the menstrual cycle, integral to TCM diagnosis, appears to be fundamental to successful treatment of female infertility.”

Acupuncture, herbal medicine, and other modalities can restore balance and harmonize the whole body, allowing women to conceive naturally without costly or invasive treatments. If women are undergoing IVF, Chinese medicine can support and strengthen the body and alleviate stress, augmenting any therapeutic process.

Check out these articles for more information:

You can find the study abstract here:

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Practitioners at The Nest have recommended all along that babies should be carried to a full term whenever possible. A new study corroborates this by showing that maintaining a healthy pregnancy to 40 weeks lowers infant mortality rates within the first year of life.

Acupuncture is extremely beneficial for women who have a history of or are at high risk for preterm labor. The Nest has successfully treated many women who were at risk—consistent visits at The Nest allowed these women to make it to 40 weeks despite the expectations of their medical providers.

Here’s what one happy mother had to say:
With news of our second pregnancy, I was ecstatic, but soon became anxious of the very real possibility of a repeated preterm labor and delivery. Although I had been getting weekly progesterone injections, my anxieties surrounding preterm labor heightened as I approached the gestational age of our first born. With the timely addition of acupuncture treatments, my fears were lessened, and my pregnancy felt strong and fortified. The women at The Nest Chicago helped me to combat my anxieties and believe that this baby could be born healthy. At full term, I gave birth to a beautiful, full-faced baby girl!

Treatments at The Nest focus on supporting a woman’s energy and blood, balancing hormones, and reducing the affects of stress on the body. Pregnancy is a physically demanding time—for the mother and the developing fetus. The systemic support that acupuncture provides helps to ameliorate issues that might be standing in the way of a pregnancy progressing normally and naturally.

According to Chinese Medicine, preterm labor can be triggered by a few different factors: deficiency of energy and blood, weakness in the earth and water elements, stagnation, and/or excessive heat in the body. When these imbalances arise, they affect the uterine environment and the fetus, thus increasing the risk of of premature cervical ripening and uterine contractions.

Acupuncture and moxibustion work together to strengthen the body in cases of weakness and deficiency. For example, when stagnation and heat dominate, a dispersing/sedating and harmonizing method of acupuncture is employed.

In general, The Nest recommends that expectant mothers receive acupuncture as a regular part of their pregnancy wellness—ideally, at least once a month. If any concern arises that indicates a woman is at high risk for preterm labor (or if she has a history of preterm labor) she should come more often, and begin early in her pregnancy. Regular acupuncture treatments also help alleviate end of pregnancy anxiety and discomfort so that all women (including those without preterm labor concerns) can make it to their due dates comfortably.

Call The Nest at 773.267.0248 to discuss how acupuncture can help you maintain and support a healthy pregnancy.

An abstract of a recent study at Dongshin University has this to say:
Preterm labor (PTL) is one of the main causes of fetal mortality and morbidity in obstetrical medicine. Current methods of treatment are not very effective and often have significant side effects. For this reason new methods of preventing PTL are currently being sought. In Western medicine the newest development is oxytocin antagonists. In Oriental medicine acupuncture and moxibustion are being utilized for the purpose of stopping PTL.

To read more about this study, click here.

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