The benefits of acupuncture during pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period.

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese therapeutic method. Using fine needles inserted in very precise locations, it heals and regulates the body's energy flow. Acupuncture is a real ally during pregnancy, childbirth and the post-partum period. It can relieve and heal a wide range of physical and emotional ailments. To find out more, Marie Martinerie, midwife and acupuncturist at Nyon Hospital's maternity ward, answers our questions.

pregnant woman sitting on a bed during a pregnancy acupuncture session
Course of an acupuncture session at Nyon Hospital maternity ward

What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a therapy based on traditional Chinese medicine. It treats or prevents certain illnesses, pain, pregnancy problems or emotional disorders, by working on a person's energy (QI). Fine needles are placed in different parts of the body to unblock, rebalance, reinforce or harmonize this energy.

Who is it for?
Specifically for maternity, acupuncture is for all women with gynecological problems (menstrual pain, infertility, insemination/IVF support), mothers-to-be (pregnancy, childbirth) and young mothers (post-partum).

Is it recommended during pregnancy?
Absolutely. Acupuncture is a complementary therapy to traditional medicine that can be used on most pregnant women. In particular, when there is no other therapeutic alternative, or when certain drugs are contraindicated, it provides relief and treatment.

What ailments do you treat the most?

  • Pregnancy: all complaints such as nausea/vomiting/gastric reflux, edema, sciatica, carpal tunnel, pelvic pain and sleep disorders. At the end of pregnancy, acupuncture can be used to prepare for childbirth, or even to trigger contractions after term. It is also suggested for breech presentations, to turn the baby over.
  • Childbirth: it is used to accompany physiological childbirth, in cases of stagnation of cervical dilatation for example, to regulate contractions, improve the baby's position in the pelvis, improve the texture of the cervix and bring the baby down.
  • Post-partum: acupuncture can support breastfeeding by encouraging the milk to come in, or, on the contrary, to help with weaning. It also treats other discomforts such as hemorrhoids, mastitis, trench pain or scar pain following a Caesarean section. Finally, we also work a lot on the emotional side, to support and soothe young mothers who, for example, have baby blues.  

How does a session work?
A session always begins with a discussion with the (expectant) mother to find out about her symptoms, as well as her general state of health and mental state. I observe her tongue and take her pulse, which will give me indications as to the area of the body in imbalance, and the state of her energy, blood and body fluids. Once the diagnosis has been made, I place the needles, which remain in place for around 20 minutes.

I'm afraid of needles and I'm a very sensitive person. Is acupuncture for me?
It depends on your fear, and is always a personal choice. The needles are very fine and, once in place, you can't feel them.

Is a single acupuncture session enough?
This really does vary from person to person and according to the reason for consultation. Sometimes, a single session is enough, while in other cases, several will be necessary.

Practical information about acupuncture sessions at Nyon Hospital's maternity ward

  • When: For the time being, consultations take place on Tuesday afternoons.
  • Duration: 1 hour per session. 
  • Fee: CHF 100 per session. Acupuncture is not covered by LAMAL, but is covered by certain complementary health insurance plans. During the maternity ward (delivery and post-partum), this service is offered to mothers.
  • Booking: appointments are made via an online form.
Nyon hospital maternity team

GHOL's new maternity unit at the heart of the Nyon Hospital welcomes and supports you at every stage of your pregnancy. The next visit dates, before the end of the year, are: 08.11, 22.11 and 20.12.22. To register, please send an e-mail to this address, and if you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the midwifery team.

GHOL
Maternity Nyon Hospital
maternite@ghol.ch
41 (0)22 994 61 95
www.ghol.ch