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Page 5 - Acupressure Analgesia: Providing Pain Relief During Labour

Acupressure provides a unique solution to the problems in trying to provide women with accessible, effective, safe pain relief during their labour. Acupressure overcomes the need for an acupuncturist to be physically present and I believe its effects to be comparable to any needling treatments. It is a non-evasive, partner involved technique, that involves no other tools than a pair of hands and a willingness to listen to the woman's feedback.

It is my hope that given time, acupressure will become a routine part of antenatal education and as acupuncturists we are in a prime position to offer this as a birthing tool to women and their caregivers.

A complementary copy of the booklet I give out to my patients is available at: http://home.clear.net.nz/pages/debra_betts/


By Debra Betts, L.Ac., Illustrations by Tina Young


Skelton, I and Flowerdew, M., Acupuncture and labour-A summary of results. Midwives Chronicle and Nursing Notes. May 1988
Giovanni, M., The Foundations of Chinese Medicine. Churchill Livingstone 1989.
Auteroche, B. and Navailh, R., Acupuncture En Gynecologie Et Obstetrique. Maloine, Paris, 1986.
McDonald, J., Acupuncture Point Dynamics. 1989.
Giovanni, M., Obstetrics and Gynecology in Chinese Medicine. Churchill Livingstone 1998.

Debra Betts is a Registered Nurse with several years of Neonatal and Pediatric experience. She is a member of the British Acupuncture Association, having graduated from the British College of Acupuncture and is a member of the New Zealand Register of Acupuncturists.
She combines her nursing background and Chinese Medical skills to conduct an acupuncture practice specializing in Fu-Ke (Women's Health Problems). She is a member of the teaching staff at the New Zealand School of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, where she teaches the foundation subjects of traditional Chinese medicine and directs the Student Clinic.

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