Pregnant women experience positive subjective effects from prenatal acupuncture, despite a lack of objective influence on labour duration and pain, report Austrian clinicians. In a retrospective cohort study, 70 out of 150 women surveyed completed a validated questionnaire relating to their satisfaction with prenatal acupuncture treatment. All women surveyed had received at least one prenatal acupuncture session between 36 weeks and term. Routinely used acupuncture points were Sanyinjiao SP-6, Zusanli ST-36, Yanglingquan GB-34 and Zhiyin BL-67. Additional acupuncture points were allowed for pregnancy-related complaints. Analysis of the questionnaire indicated good overall satisfaction with acupuncture treatment; 97.1% indicated that they were very or quite satisfied. Women noticed a relaxing and calming effect from acupuncture, and reported positive effects on pregnancy-related symptoms. Comparisons between deliveries after prenatal acupuncture and matched control deliveries showed no statistical significant differences in the length of labour or use of analgesics.

Prenatal acupuncture: Women’s expectations and satisfaction and influence on labor. Birth. 2018 Feb 1. doi: 10.1111/birt.12336.