Debra Betts - Acupuncture and Acupressure for Pregnancy and Childbirth


13/9/2015 New to the website - a quick summary guide for the acupressure points. This is free to downlaod -  click here to access

13/9/2015 A study investigating adverse events in acupuncture studies involving pregnant women.

Adverse event reporting in studies of penetrating acupuncture during pregnancy: a systematic review

Clarkson CE, O'mahony D, Jones DE.

The authors invested studies that compared an acupuncture group with a control or sham group to examine adverse events in pregnancy. They found 17 studies  (ten investigated pain, three nausea and/or vomiting, one depression, one emotional complaints, one heart burn and another insomnia). They reported that the information describing adverse events was often lacking in detail. However the majority of the adverse events were minor, with both groups reporting: altered taste, tiredness, treatment discomfort, uterine contractions, being placed on bed rest, and treatment discomfort.  The incidence of adverse events was similar between the acupuncture and non-acupuncture groups (between 14 and 17% in the acupuncture groups and 15 and 19% in non-acupuncture groups). Suggesting that acupuncture produced neither more nor less adverse events when compared with another intervention.

13/9/2015 Lastest review of acupressure

Impact of acupressure on onset of labour and labour duration: A systematic review

Mollart L J , Adam J,  Foureur M.

Summary and conclusion

The authors search the available studies in the literature on th euse of acupressure for starting labour or the duration of labour. They found seven trials reporting on 748 women using different acupressure points. One study examined the initiation of labour and six studies examined labour duration and/or pain levels. Results suggest acupressure may reduce the length of labour particularly in the first stage but further research is required.


2/3/2015  Acupressure course now online - Free access for a limited time.  Thanks to Tom Kennedy material from our DVD/app is now available as an online course. We are offering 50 free copies of the course for the next week, so if you have friends, relatives or clients/patients who are pregnant, feel free to let them know! Just go to and click on 'Redeem a coupon', using the code 'EARLYBIRD'. We'd really appreciate it if those who use this offer take a moment to leave an honest review of the course on Udemy - this will really help it to gain interest. Enjoy!

1/3/2015  Free online panel discussion for acupuuncturists about labour induction - join Debra Betts, Claudia Citkovitz and Sarah Buud


15/2/2015  Pro D announces Chinese New Year sale for online lectures

To celebrate the year of the Sheep my online course, The A to Z Guide to Using Acupuncture in Pregnancy and Childbirth, approved for CEU/PDA/CPD is 25% off  

Coupon code "sheep"  25% off.  Valid from Feb 15 to Feb 22

Cannot be applied retroactively Remember you have 2 years from registration to complete your online course for CEU/PDA/CPD and the course recordings stay in your account indefinitely for review purposes as long as the future technology can support the recording.


15/2/2015:  Research report on the safety of using acupuncture during pregnancy.

Park et al 2014, examined the safety of pregnancy through searching available electronic data bases for reports of adverse events. They found that the most frequent adverse events related to pain at the needle site, with no incidence of severe adverse events considered likely to be related to acupuncture. They concluded that acupuncture during pregnancy appears to be associated with few adverse events when correctly applied. View more information here