The newspapers are in a frenzy about the imminent birth of the Duke and Duchess of WindsorвЂ™s second child. The gossip journalists reckon KateвЂ™s visits to the pool at Buckingham Palace are an attempt to induce labour.
HasnвЂ™t she heard of induction by acupuncture?
Acupuncture treatments during the latter stages of pregnancy can promote a smooth labour but if the birth is overdue, acupuncture can be used very effectively to induce labour вЂ“ thus avoiding the chemical inductions that many mothers hate.
The most effective way of doing this is by electro-acupuncture. This is where the practitioner puts a tiny charge through the needle from a battery operated machine. This вЂsuperchargesвЂ™ the treatment but is not painful.
By choosing a certain selection of points (some of which are forbidden in the early stages of pregnancy for the very reason that they may induce birth), labour can be frequently induced in a couple of treatments. My own experience is that labour is induced usually after two sessions, sometimes three.
And a word to the Duchess вЂ“ should you need me, IвЂ™m sure I can make myself available!