As a Midwife and Mum I have witnessed the benefits of Acupuncture for pre conception, pregnancy and postnatal and even for our babies!
We personally used it for Pre conception to assist in fertility, throughout our pregnancy and found it incredible for iniating labour!
Through experience however, I have realised that this is a service that is poorly understood and under utilised. So I thought I would do a Q & A with the amazing Brad and Tabitha from Studio Qi to answer some Frequently Asked Questions regarding Acupuncture. Enjoy xx
What is acupuncture for those that don’t know?
Acupuncture is a beautiful modality that helps balance all the systems of the body. When internal organs are working to their best then signs and symptoms will fade away, giving you great health.
Is it safe during pregnancy?
Yes, acupuncture is totally safe during pregnancy with a qualified and experienced practitioner. It is also so beneficial for all stages and conditions of pregnancy.
Does it hurt?
Acupuncture does not hurt as we use a gentle and effective technique combined with very fine needles.
How does acupuncture assist with fertility?
3 big areas acupuncture can assist for women…
1. It balances the hormones system
2. It builds blood and the thickness of the uterus lining
3. Helps produce quality eggs
For men it boosts sperm motility and morphology to very high levels creating healthy active sperm.
It also helps to calm and relax which helps you to fall pregnant.
How can acupuncture assist during pregnancy?
Acupuncture can assist with so many things…
From morning sickness to varicose veins, back pain, headaches, migraines, swollen hands and feet, carpel tunnel, tiredness, cold and flus, groin and pubis pain, acid reflux, constipation, restless legs and not sleeping well, anxiety and depression.
Can acupuncture help for morning sickness?
Acupuncture is so good for morning sickness and the quicker you get an acupuncture treatment the faster it will work. Every woman reacts different but the nausea or vomiting is acupuncture’s forte.
Can acupuncture assist with induction of labour?
Yes induction also works effectively from 40 weeks or if your medical team says you can go into labour due to medical reasons. The points we use help your body release oxytocin to help the body fall naturally into labour. Plus, it’s so relaxing and we see this to be a huge key into going into labour as well. Acupuncture is a state changer.
Can babies receive Acupuncture?
Yes, actually having acupuncture while you’re pregnant will give the baby a treatment as well, flushing blood and oxygen and calm to the body.
We also treat babies for reflux, colic, constipation, not sleeping well and after vaccinations to help the immune system deal with the vaccines which will reduce any rashes, heat, headaches or lethargy they may experience.
How acupuncture can help the 4 weeks before labour…
We do a once a week acupuncture session for the 4 weeks before you go into labour and this helps with the energy, releasing any anxiety or worry about the birth. Plus we see that it helps the woman fall into a natural labour and during birth usually there is less intervention which gives you the birth you’re dreaming of.
A little bit about Brad and Tabitha..
We are Brad and Tabitha Fennell, the founders of Studio Qi located in Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast since 2000. We have personally experienced the amazing benefits of acupuncture and are very passionate about sharing with you the best that acupuncture has to offer. Over the last 18 years we have developed techniques to ensure that you receive the very best acupuncture experience possible.
We are qualified acupuncture practitioners registered with the peak acupuncture body AACMA, this is important because not all are. Our training and experience allows us to guarantee that your treatment will be both safe and effective.
Your acupuncture treatments will focus on what it is that you wish to achieve. We will communicate with you, which will simply allow you to make informed choices as you receive the best possible results. Often the simple changes that we facilitate and recommend will make an immediate and dramatic difference.
You can read more about this amazing team HERE
They have also just launched a beautiful online course on Supporting Natural Birth which
The full course includes:
Check it out HERE.
I am forever grateful that my husband and I had the opportunity to experience 1:1 hypnobirthing classes with Kate prior to the birth of our first baby. The classes gave me practical, authentic skills that helped me prepare for birth with excitement, and birth my baby with confidence. I think Kate’s extensive experience as a midwife in addition to her hypobirthing background is what makes her classes such a valuable experience. Just attending the classes themselves was a lovely experience because Kate creates such a beautiful, calming and supportive environment to teach in. I have extremely fond memories of the birthing experience my husband and I shared. He was was my rock and Kate’s guidance undoubtedly made my husband the amazing birthing partner that he was. I strongly recommend Kate’s hypnobirthing classes to all expecting parents, if you have any doubts cast them aside and just go for it, it can change your life! With my second baby due soon, I am looking forward to having a refresher course with Kate so that all of our hypnobirthing tools are fresh in our mind. Many thanks again Kate, and look forward to seeing you soon.
Hypnobirthing was a magical experience to have and I can’t imagine birthing any other way. The classes helped me prepare for a completely natural and stress free labour. It helped me to release all fears and actually enjoy the birthing of my baby. I felt empowered and knew that my body was performing the task it was meant to do. The information provided exceded all my expectations. I could not have asked for a better experience and it’s all thanks to Kate at Coastal Birthing and Beyond.
Amazing very personal sharing of knowledge. Loved having private sessions, loved that kate is an experienced midwife as well as hypnobirthing practitioner. Fantastic, very highly recommended experience!
Kates knowledge as a midwife was a brilliant compliment to her Hypnobirthing training. The techniques she taught us enabled us a drug-free birth despite trying conditions. Highly recommended.
Hypnobirthing was an amazing experience for both my partner Renee and I and our beautiful little baby boy Leonardo Phoenix. When we enrolled we were overcome with the love shared by the coordinator Kate whose experience in midwifery and Hypnobirthing made her such an excellent teacher. The classes were an amazing intimate experience in a Yoga studio where we were taught the theory behind it and then got to relax and practice hypnobirthing in such a calming environment. Overall I was very overcome with how great Hypnobirthing classes were for me as a father and a husband to be able to connect on such a deeper level with my wife and for us both to focus on the connection with our little Leo, and it resulted in an absolutely AMAZING experience at birth for us.
I was hesitant at first about these classes that my wife had booked, but by the end of the first class I was totally onboard, looked forward to each class as my relaxation for the week and loved practising at home. I felt prepared and excited for our birth and how i could best support my wife through this experience.
Hypnobirthing helped me to eliminate all my fears about birth and i found myself excited and eager for the birth of our baby. The classes were extremely helpful and i learnt so much! It really helped my partner know as well his role during labour and how he could support me best and on the day that made it such an amazing bonding experience for us! Highly recommended.”