Guest Blog About Pre-Birth Acupuncture from Sarah Prater at Tennessee Center for Reproductive Acupuncture

Pre-Birth Acupuncture: Helping Prepare Your Body for The Best Birth Possible

Acupuncture can be helpful to both to become pregnant and help you maintain a healthy, comfortable pregnancy. That is why we are so glad to have Sarah Prater from Tennessee Center for Reproductive Acupuncture join us this week for our guest blog to help explain the many benefits.

Without further ado, let's meet Sarah Prater

Sarah has had the honor of helping many women give birth to happy, healthy babies and has a diverse background that enables her to fully support you through your journey. Her passion for helping her patients expand their families shows in every aspect of her work. She takes the time to get to know you and find the treatment plan that is best for you.

Sarah strives to stay up to date with current research in her field and is constantly updating her protocols to offer the maximum benefit. Her wide breadth of experience allows her to work cooperatively with reproductive endocrinologists and OB/GYN’s to provide the best care for her patients.

Sarah recently relocated to Tennessee after practicing in Indiana for 8 years. She lives in Maryville with her husband and son. She is an avid cyclist and spends many hours in the hills of East Tennessee.

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First off, you’ve made a great decision in consulting with doulas to help support you and your partner during birth. Having a well-trained doula by your side has so many far-reaching benefits and Hillary and Danielle will truly do all they can to support your birth.

I am Sarah Prater, owner and acupuncturist at the Tennessee Center for Reproductive Acupuncture. I am the first and only Knoxville acupuncture clinic specializing in prenatal and fertility acupuncture. I want to take this opportunity to share a little bit about our clinic and give you some additional tools to help ensure your birth plan is a success!

At the Tennessee Center for Reproductive Acupuncture , we offer a comfortable, safe, and nurturing environment for families experiencing fertility challenges. We understand the far-reaching impact infertility can have on your lives and offer integrative treatments to help make your dream of parenthood a reality.

Whether you are looking to conceive naturally or wanting to increase the success of IVF, IUI or other fertility treatments, we can help!

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We also work with our patients throughout pregnancy to safely and effectively treat symptoms such as morning sickness, fatigue, reflux, swelling, anxiety, insomnia and can even help to encourage a breech baby to turn in time for delivery. Our prenatal acupuncture program, starting from your positive pregnancy test, can help you have a healthy and happy pregnancy!

If you’re like most of our patients, and have never had acupuncture before, you will be surprised to know it is painless and incredibly relaxing. Many of my patients say it is more relaxing than a massage! Here is a little bit more about what you can expect from your first treatment.

The following is one of our most popular acupuncture protocols for expectant mamas. Pre-birth acupuncture is a series of treatments starting around week 36 of your pregnancy that can help encourage vaginal birth and prepare you for meeting your new addition!

The Tennessee Center for Reproductive Acupuncture’s Pre-birth Acupuncture Protocol:

If you’re nearing the end of your pregnancy, you’ve undoubtedly spent many hours daydreaming about the upcoming birth of your baby. The last few weeks of pregnancy are a really exciting time! You may have even written a birth plan and discussed your wishes with your doctor or midwife. Many of you will desire to have a vaginal delivery or may even be trying to avoid using any medications during labor and trying to do everything you can to help ensure your birth goes according to plan.

In addition to keeping healthy and active during your pregnancy, there is one more thing you can do in the final weeks of your pregnancy to help encourage a healthy delivery. Pre-Birth acupuncture is helpful in preparing your body and mind for labor and delivery.

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What is pre-birth acupuncture?

Pre-Birth Acupuncture is a series of 4-5 weekly treatments beginning at week 36 of your pregnancy that are designed to help your body go into labor on time and to labor to progress normally and without complication once it begins. It is not labor induction and will not bring on labor. The baby is in control of his or her arrival date.

Pre-birth acupuncture reduces the need for epidurals, emergency C-sections, and reduces the time you spend in active labor. Overall, vaginal birth rates increase in women who receive these treatments.

What does the research show:

  • Reduces the time spent in the first stage labor (period of time between 3 cm dilated and full dilation) by an average of 2 hours
  • Reduces the number of inductions in first time moms by 43% and 35% in all others
  • Reduces rate of epidural usage by 31%
  • Reduces emergency C-section rate by 32%
  • Increases vaginal birth rates by 9%

In addition to these benefits, this is a great time to address any stress or symptoms that you might be experiencing in the last few weeks. Acupuncture can be useful for swelling, back/hip pain, acid reflux, headaches, and many other common pregnancy symptoms. We can even use acupuncture to encourage breech babies to turn!

We recommend these treatments as a standard part of our prenatal acupuncture protocol, and many women choose to start prenatal acupuncture in these final weeks to help make their birth plans a reality.

We can be reached by phone at 865-315-3845 or through our website, where you can book your pre-birth treatments today! Please feel free to reach out with questions! We are more than happy to help! 

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