Debra Betts - Acupuncture and Acupressure for Pregnancy and Childbirth

Acupressure and AcupPoint Stimulation

Wecome to this webpage about the use of acupuncutre and acupressure in pregnancy and for postnatal recovery .    


Acupuncture, acupressure, cupping and moxa can be used to address a wide range of issues such as:

• Nausea

• Lower back pain and pelvic pain

• Headaches and migraines

• Heart burn/ constipation /Haemorrhoids and varicosities.

• Insomnia and sleep issues

• Stress management

• Labour preparation from 36 weeks to encourage beneficial pregnancy hormones, assist cervical ripening & optimal fetal positioning

• Preparation for VBAC, medical induction or planned Caesarean section

• Postpartum recovery and breast feeding issues.


Appointments available as online telehealth consultations or at the outpatients department

Horowhenua Health Centre 62 Liverpool Street Levin



 Or you are welcome to to email Debra

Further infromation about this clinic 

Website Maternity Acupuncture Add 2020.pdf (280.4 KB)

Acupressure Zoom  Workshops:

With Telehealth you can now learn about  the benefits from stimulating acupressure points from the comfort of your home! 

Twenty-five years ago I began promoting the use of acupressure to provide pain relief during labour.1 Today these techniques are widely used and have an evidence base reporting beneficial effects that include reducing caesarean sections. 2,3   

Acupressure for Labour Preparation: Techniques that can be used from 36 weeks to encourage cervical ripening, optimal fetal positioning and promote the beneficial hormonal responses so important in those last few weeks of pregnancy. This workshop also covers techniques that can be used if your waters break, you are seeking a vaginal birth after a caesarean section or you require a medical induction.

Acupressure for Pain Relief in Labour: Acupressure points to use in early labour to provide pain relief. This workshop also covers techniques midwives have found useful for posterior positions, cervical lip, failure to progress and to encourage breastfeeding thorough reducing 'after pains' and encouraging breast milk let down.

Registration required as limited numbers to ensure an optimal online experience.  Workshops every Wednesday evening 7.30 pm NZ time. To be sent your Zoom link please compleate the enrollment form below and e mail with your prefered date.

2020 Zoom Enrollment Form _P762cSW.pdf (179.5 KB)

 Cost: $25  for each couple/support group


Acupressure Resources

The Acupressure resources on this webpage have been updated. You will now find videos to assist you locate each point and illustrated handouts. This includes handouts to explain using acupressure for pain relief in labour,  labour preparation, when a medical induction is required and suggestions for self-stimulating the acupressure points if you do not have your support people with you as planned.

These resources are all under the 'Acupressure' section on the black bar at the top of this page.

The acupressure points in these handouts were taught as part of an educational intervention programme. Follow up reported women using natural interventions reduced their epidural rate (24% versus 69 % in the usual care group) and halved their caesarean section rate. This was statically significant, which means it unlikely to be due to chance finding.  For more information on this study, that also included visualisation and relaxation, breathing, massage, yoga techniques please click on this Link 

The full version of the orginal booklet and translations in Danish, Dutch, Hebrew, Italian, Norwegian, German, French, Spanish, Polish and Portuguses can be downloaded here : 



                                                              Dr Debra Betts (PhD) LAc



1 Betts D. (2006). The Essential Guide to Acupuncture in Pregnancy & Childbirth. Hove, UK: The Journal of Chinese Medicine Publications.

2 Levett, Kate M., Smith, C.A., Bensoussan, A. & Dahlen, H.G. (2016). Complementary therapies for labour and birth study: a randomised controlled trial of antenatal integrative medicine for pain management in labour. BMJ Open, 2016 Jul 12;6(7):e010691. DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-010691.

3.Smith CA, Collins CT, Levett KM, Armour M, Dahlen HG, Tan  AL, Mesgarpour B. (2020) Acupuncture or acupressure for pain management during labour. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2020, Issue 2. Art. No.: CD009232. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD009232.pub2