Description: This is a down-to-earth, practical guide to using acupuncture during preconception, pregnancy, labor, and postpartum periods. Offered is a unique and interesting blend of Eastern and Western philosophies, knowledge, and treatment guidelines for pregnancy and childbirth.
Purpose: The author's goals emphasize practicality, and the text is aimed at assisting clinicians in the use of acupuncture, Therefore, the text is presented in step-by-step guidelines.
Audience: This is an essential text for any acupuncturists who treat expectant women. The author has 15 years experience as a midwife acupuncturist, practicing in Britain's National Health Service.
Features: This readable resource focuses on preconception, pregnancy through labor, high-risk pregnancies and labors, and postpartum. Nutritional guidelines are presented, and Eastern and Western beliefs and practices are integrated throughout. The text would benefit from references that are more up to date. Color plates might add to its visual appeal.
Assessment: This book, the first of its kind in English, is essential for any acupuncturist treating childbearing women. Rigorous and detailed guidelines for the use of acupuncture in childbirth are blended with contemporary Western obstetrical practices.