Debra Betts - Acupuncture and Acupressure for Pregancy and Childbirth

Introduction

The information on this site is provided with the intention that it can be used as a resource to offer women choices about the use of acupressure and acupuncture throughout pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum recovery. It is intended that this information is used in conjunction with western medical care and not as a substitute for medical advice.

The web site has two sections, one with information about using acupressure and one with information about the use of acupuncture

Acupressure

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The Acupressure DVD on this site was used as part of an educational intervention for childbirth. Usually studies offering women natural techniques during labour report that while women state they thought the interventions were useful to them, there are no differences in birthing outcomes such as epidurals and caesarean sections. However, this study found that women using specific natural interventions reduced their epidural rate (24% verus 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. All women in the natural intervention group where shown the acupressure points on this site and received this DVD to use at home. Acupressure was frequently used during labour by women and their support people in this study. For more information on this study that also included visualisation and relaxation, breathing, massage, yoga techniques please click on this Link 

This section of the website contains information on using acupressure points to help women prepare for labour, to use as pain relief during labour, to assist with after pains following labour 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. Here you will find information in the form of:

Acupuncture

This section contains information on using acupuncture to support the physical and emotional changes of pregnancy labour and postpartum recovery.  It contains information and handouts that are free to download. In this section you will find information on:

  • How acupuncture can be used in supporting the physical and emotional changes that occur during pregnancy, labour and postpartum

  • Research on the use of acupuncture for specific conditions such as nausea, back and pelvic pain, breech presentation and prebirth acupuncture to prepare for labour

  • Feedback from midwives on using acupuncture in pregnancy and labour

  • Free downloadable handouts on the use of acupuncture, dietary therapy and the use of moxibustion therapy

  • A chapter on breech and posterior positions from my text book for acupuncturists

  • Information about seminars for acupuncturists midwives and doula’s, including seminars currently available online.