Acupressure combines the ancient healing principles of acupuncture and basic massage techniques to promote a healthy childbirth experience. Acupressure for birth can be used in any birth setting and easily incorporated with natural labor techniques and medicated births. Many of our clients have reported decreased pain, shorter labor times and appreciation for their partner’s positive contribution to the birthing process.
Acupressure for Birth Partners Training Session
Acupressure for Birth Partners is a 30-minute training session offered by several of the Isthmus Acupuncturists. During this appointment your spouse or birthing partner will learn different acupressure techniques, point location and indications for each point to be used both for labor preparation and delivery. We recommended scheduling this training session between 36 and 38 weeks of pregnancy and practicing it daily starting at 38 weeks.
Acupressure for Birth Partners Training Video
Chandon Williams has created a video training session for those who cannot make it in for the personal training sessions. This video covers the same information in our 30-minute training session. We recommend viewing this video between 36 and 38 weeks of pregnancy and practicing it daily starting at 38 weeks.
Acupressure for Birth Benefits:
- Improved regularity of contractions
- Encourages downward movement in the birth canal
- Softens and ripens the cervix
- Calms the mother
- Reduces nausea
- Reduces pain from contractions
- Reduced incidence of back labor
- Reduced back pain
- Reduced nausea
Acupressure for Birth vs Labor Induction Acupuncture
Labor induction acupuncture is helpful to get labor started and promote a shorter labor time. Acupressure for birth supports labor induction acupuncture and both will increase the effectiveness of the other. Acupressure is appropriate in a hospital setting and during active labor.
The Use of Acupuncture as a Routine Pre-Birth Treatment, by Debra Betts
Information on our website is not intended to diagnose, treat, or be a substitute for regular medical care. We encourage you to discuss all therapies with your primary care doctor before making any changes in your health regimen.