Childbirth

Labour is a series of rhythmic, involuntary progressive contractions of the uterus. In a first pregnancy, labour usually lasts 12 to 18 hours on average; subsequent labours are often shorter, averaging 6 to 8 hours. During labour, most women need some form of pain relief.

For more information on how acupuncture may be able to help with the issues surrounding childbirth, please download this factsheet.