Debra Betts - Acupuncture and Acupressure for Pregnancy and Childbirth


                                                                         Dr Debra Betts (PhD) LAc

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.

Further information about online acupressure training and face to face acupuncture courses for midwives and birth care workers available through e mailing Debra

To listen to online interviews with Debra 

2018 Gold Midwifery conferance

Heavenly Qi Podcast

The Yes to birth experiance!

Treating back pain in pregnancy

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

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


Acupressure online classes for women and thier support people now available with Debra

Registration required as limited numbers to ensure an optimal online experience. 

To be sent your Zoom link.

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 .pdf (179.5 KB)

 2020 Zoom Enrollment Form .pdf (198.8 KB)

 Cost: $25 for each couple/support group


Telehealth Consults


          AcuPoint Stimulation during Pregnancy, Labour and Postpartum

Using a secure Telehealth platform these consults explore what would be the most relevant for you and demonstrate how you can stimulate acupuncture points for a range of pregnancy issues including:

  • Nausea
  • Lower back pain and pelvic pain 
  • Headaches
  • Heart burn
  • Insomnia
  • Constipation
  • Haemorrhoids and varicosities.

Additionally, these techniques can assist with emotional and stress issues through promoting parasympathetic 'rest and digest' responses, optimising general health and promoting beneficial pregnancy hormones. 

These AcupPoint prescriptions are tailored to an acupuncture diagnosis with a prescribed dosage depending on individualised situations. On making an appointment you will be asked to complete an intake form so we can make the most of our time when we meet online. A summary sheet detailing your acupressure points and assimilation techniques discussed will also be sent to you following the consult.

​For those in New Zealand a complimentary postnatal recovery pack with silicon cups, moxibustion and press needles will be posted out to you and their use discussed during your consult. (Postal charges apply if overseas consults wish to receive this offer)

Cost: Initial consult $70, subsequent consults $35 

Pregnancy and postpartum care package: 2 pregnancy with postpartum consult $100

One to one consults for Acupuncturists wanting to discuss cases from the clinic are also available. Just make a booking as below and I will be in touch. 


Or you are welcome to to email  Debra

You questions or comments on using this Telehealth care are welcome on this Face Book Page

The times in this booking system are for New Zealand- if you are overseas, just click  World Clock Meeting Planner to enter a date, your location and use Wellington, New Zeland to view a  list of comparable times that would suit you.

Please note: This booking system asks for Visa or Master card details that are then activated (with a receipt), following your consult. If you wish to use internet banking please e-mail me and I will make your appointment and issue your receipt manually.