• Acupressure for labour onset and labour duration

    Acupressure for labour onset and labour duration

    Evidence for the efficacy of acupressure for labour


    Debra Betts:

    Acupressure points help women prepare for labour, can be used as pain relief during labour, assist with after pains and establish breast feeding.

    These acupressure points can be used by women and their support people to encourage the body’s optimal response during labour, promoting an efficient labour and recovery.

    Please visit www.jcm.co.uk/acupressure to download instantly or buy European (PAL) DVD version, and www.eastlandpress.com for North American (NTSC) DVD. Also available as an app from the Apple App Store and Google Play.



    Debra Betts

    Debra Betts has taught acupressure to promote a better birth experience to midwives, practitioners and pregnant women for many years. Now – at last – this professionally produced DVD offers a detailed explanation, fully demonstrated, of the techniques involved. Ideal for practitioners of acupuncture, acupressure, shiatsu and massage, doulas, birth helpers and pregnant women, the DVD includes testimonials from women and their partners who have used the techniques during labour and a 16-page printed booklet that sits in the DVD pack with illustrated reminders of the points and their application.

    Click here to download the booklet.

    The acupressure methods outlined in the DVD are really easy to use, promote natural birth and encourage close partner involvement.

    As a mum-to-be you need to know that acupressure is safe and may also control pain during child birth and support your body as it proceeds towards labour: your baby too can derive many benefits from acupressure. For example, it can encourage the baby into the most optimal position for birth.

    Debra Betts is an acupuncturist and educator based in Wellington, New Zealand. She has been teaching women, their support people and midwives the techniques demonstrated on this DVD since 1992. Her teaching of acupressure has in this time spread from classes held in her private clinic to international acupuncture and midwifery workshops.

    Debra has a background in nursing and graduated from the London College of Acupuncture in 1989. Returning to New Zealand she established a private practice specialising in pregnancy and women’s health care.

    She began specifically developing and teaching acupuncture courses to midwives in 1997. This led to the publication of articles on the use of acupuncture and acupressure in obstetric practice in 1999 and her book “The Essential Guide to Acupuncture in Pregnancy & Childbirth” in 2006, with subsequent translations into German and French. Debra completed her PhD on the use of acupuncture in threatened miscarriage in 2014 through the University of Western Sydney and is currently the Director of Postgraduate Programmes for an online Masters course through New Zealand School Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She is also a clinical supervisor at a hospital antenatal acupuncture clinic Wellington New Zealand, and lectures internationally on the use of acupuncture in obstetric care.

    Tom Kennedy is an acupuncturist based in Bristol, UK. He has a special interest in treating pregnancy related conditions, and teaches Debra’s acupressure techniques to pregnant women and their support people.


    Impact of acupressure on onset of labour and labour duration: A systematic review

    Mollart, Lyndall J. et al.
    Women and Birth , Volume 28 , Issue 3 , 199 – 206



    BACKGROUND: There is worldwide concern with increasing rates of pharmacologically induced labour and operative birth. Many women would like to avoid medical or surgical interventions in childbirth; a desire that may contribute towards the popularity of complementary and alternative medicine/therapies.

    METHOD: This systematic review examines the effects of acupressure on labour onset and duration of labour. We searched MEDLINE, CINAHL, AMED, Cochrane Collaboration, and Science Direct from 1999 to 2013 for published randomised controlled trials and controlled trials comparing acupressure with placebo and no treatment. Studies recruited primiparous and/or multiparous women with either spontaneous or induced onset of labour. The outcome measures were labour onset and duration of all stages of labour.

    FINDINGS: Seven trials with data reporting on 748 women using different acupressure points and methods of administration were included in the review. One study examined the initiation of labour and six studies examined labour duration and/or pain levels. The two most studied acupoints were Sanyinjiao/Spleen 6 and Hegu/Large Intestine 4. Results suggest acupressure may reduce the length of labour particularly in the first stage.

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