Acupressure for Pain Relief in Labour, Labour Preparation and when a Medical Induction is required
Research reports acupressure as beneficial in labour and reduces caesarean sections. It has also been reported to reduce the need for epidurals and caesarean sections when used as part of an antenatal intervention.(1,2)
‘Top Tips' from promoting acupressure use in pregnancy over the past 25 years:
The videos below demonstrate the point location while the PDF's under these videos explain how to use these points. There are handouts for birth preparation and when labour is going be induced, use during labour for pain relief and information on stimulating these points for yourself. This self-stimulation may be especially relevant in this time of Covid 19 if you have limited access to your support people.
PDF's you can download
1 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
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.