Debra has a background in nursing graduating from the London College of Acupuncture in 1989. With a practice based in women’s health in 1997 she developed a specific interest in treating pregnancy and began teaching specialised 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 currently supervisors master’s students through the New Zealand School Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
She is a clinical supervisor at a hospital antenatal acupuncture clinic and a multibed maternity clinic in Wellington New Zealand. In addition to clinical practice, Debra continues to be involved in promoting the use of acupuncture in pregnancy through running acupuncture training modules for midwives, an online mentoring programme for acupuncturists, as well as publishing and lecturing internationally on the use of acupuncture in obstetric care.
Appointments for acupuncture treatment at the Hutt Valley Hospital antenatal clinic can be made through Hutt Hospital Maternity Outpatients 04 5666999 (ext 8164)
For futher infromation about the Maternity Multibed clinic
Further information about the acupuncture training course for midwives is available through e mailing Debra
To listen to online interviews with Debra