At Hatch Therapies we are experienced in providing Acupuncture and Moxibustion with a goal of turning breech position babies. Acupuncture and moxibustion for breech position baby is a Traditional Chinese Medicine technique with origins dating back hundreds of years in China. It is commonly used in modern times to turn breech or transverse babies in preparation for labour.
In your third trimester if you have concerns about the position of your baby Acupuncture and Moxibustion for breech position baby can be performed. Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine sterile needles into specific Acupuncture points. Moxibustion is a heat treatment that is created when a herbal stick called Moxa (Ai Ye mugwort leaf) is lit with a flame. The moxa stick generating heat is then held above the skin at a specific Acupuncture point used for breech position babies.
Research suggests the best time to conduct Acupuncture and moxibustion for breech position babies is around 34 weeks. Generally the pregnant women will attend Hatch Therapies for an Acupuncture consultation at this time. A selection of Acupuncture points will be chosen for each individual, this will include one specific Acupuncture point empirically used for turning breech position babies. An Acupuncture needle will be placed at the site of the point and moxibustion also performed.
Your Acupuncture consultation forms the first stage of the Acupuncture and Moxibustion for breech position baby treatment. The second stage of your treatment involves you being trained in the use of moxibustion so treatment can be continued for nine more days in your home. You will be shown how to light and use Moxa for Moxibustion on the specific Acupuncture point used to turn breech position babies.
Research conducted in China suggested an 80-90% success rate when using this treatment for breech position babies (Cardini & Huang 1998).