Debra Betts - Acupuncture and Acupressure for Pregnancy and Childbirth

                                         Debra Betts

                                                                       Dr Debra Betts (PhD)

Debra has a background in nursing, gradu­ating from the London College of Acupuncture in 1989. With a practice based in women’s health she developed a specific interest in treating pregnancy and began teaching acupressure and acupuncture to midwives in 1997. This led to the publication of articles on the use of acupressure and acupuncture in maternity care 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.

Debra spent 12 years as a clinical supervisor at a hospital antenatal acupuncture clinic, ran a multibed maternity clinic in Wellington New Zealand in 2019  and  is now offering online acustimulations consultations for pregnancy, labour and postpartum care. Debra continues to be involved in promoting the use of these in pregnancy through courses for midwives, an online mentoring programme for acupuncturists, as well as publishing and lecturing internationally on the use of acupressure and acupuncture in maternrny care.


Telehealth Consultations 

Acustimulation of Acupuncture points during Pregnancy, Labour and Postpartum

After positive feedback from teaching acustimulation techniques to women and support people in clinical practice, Debra is now offering online consults to demonstrate these techniques. This includes preparation for labour, common complaints of pregnancy such as nausea, backpain, heart burn, insomnia, constipation, haemorrhoids and varicosities as well as issues such as breech and posterior positioned babies. This also includes techniques for use during labour, postnatal recovery and breast-feeding issues. 

This acustimulation will be taught to you and your support people as part of an online consult and may consist of acupressure, as well as stimulating points with small press needles (or nuts and seeds from your pantry) on a plaster, or heat. Your consult will explore what would be the most relevant for you and demonstrate how you can use these techniques at home.

This online consultation involves:

  • Sending you a history intake form to complete and return before the consultation
  • A one-hour consultation to assess the most appropriate treatment for you
  • Demonstration of acustimulatuion techniques on the acupuncture points
  • Confirmation of correct point location and techniques by support people wishing to use acupressure for pain relief in labour
  • A follow up instruction sheet detailing your acupressure points and acustimulatuion techniques 
  • Follow up to answer any question you may have

Further information about teleheath consultations available through e mailing Debra

Further information about  training courses for midwives available through e mailing Debra

For futher infromation about the Maternity Multibed clinic

Further links for information on Debra’s publications, on line lecturers and upcoming seminars

To listen to online interviews with Debra 

2018 Gold Midwifery conferance

 Heavenly Qi Podcast

The Yes to birth experiance!

Treating back pain in pregnancy

Twitter: @debrabetts
Acupressure for Natural Pain Relief in Labour
Debra Betts Obstretic Acupucture
Maternity Acupuncutre Mentoring