Temporary Suspension - moving to online consultations
Covid 19 response: Home acu-stimulation of acupuncture points during pregnancy/postpartum
During this time of ‘stay home and stay safe’ we want to support you during your pregnancy and postnatal recovery. Debra is therefore offering online acustimulation lessons to support preparation for labour, relieve common complaints of pregnancy such as nausea, heart burn, insomnia, constipation, haemorrhoids and varicosities as well as issues such as breech and posterior positioned babies. This also includes acustimulatuion techniques for postnatal recovery and breast-feeding issues.
This acustimulation will be taught to you and your support people and may consist of acupressure, press needles or heat (where moxa sticks are used), to different acupuncture points depending on your specific issues. Your online consult will explore what is relevant for you and demonstrate how you and your support people can use these techniques at home. Where relevant, press needles and moxa sticks can be posted out to you following the consultation.
With an evidence base demonstrating acupressure is safe and has beneficial effects in reducing medical interventions, including caesarean sections, (1,2) we are keen to ensure you are aware of how you can use this information. In addition, acu-stimulation provides you access to the acupuncture points we have found so useful in clinical practice to stimulate beneficial responses in your pregnancy and postpartum.
This online consultation involves:
E-mailing you a history intake form to complete and return
A one-hour online consultation with tongue diagnosis to asses the most appropriate treatment for you – this can be recorded and sent to you as a link if you wish.
Demonstration to your support people of specific acupuncture point acustimulatuion techniques
A written instruction sheet detailing your acupressure points and acustimulatuion techniques
Follow up to answer any question you may have
To arrange this online consultation with Debra please e mail firstname.lastname@example.org
These are difficult times and if you are able to donate the usual $35 community clinic fee to assist with ongoing costs it would be appreciated. We thank you for your understanding.
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.
Wellington's multibed maternity acupuncture clinic.
The Newtown Acupuncture Centre hosts a specialised clinic designed to meet the needs of pregnant and postnatal women.
This clinic is for women seeking acupuncture for a range of pregnancy related conditions such as; nausea, lower back and pelvic pain, insomnia, headaches, constipation, haemorrhoids and vulval varicosities. We specialize in preparation for birth through cervical ripening, promotion of beneficial hormonal responses and encouraging emotional balance from 36 weeks.
This clinic also provides supportive care for
- Breech presentation from 34 weeks
- Women requiring a caesarean section
- post natal recovery and breast feeding following the birth
The lead practitioner, Dr Debra Betts has over 25 years’ experience in treating pregnancy related conditions. She has published a textbook book on acupuncture care in pregnancy, has a free online information booklet promoting acupressure for pain relief in labour. She lectures internationally on the use of acupuncture for pregnancy related issues and also runs acupuncture courses for New Zealand midwives. She has established and supervised a maternity acupuncture clinic run through Hutt hospital for the past ten years.
Debra Betts (PhD)
Debra's interest in pregnancy led to setting up acupuncture and acupressure courses for midwives and her booklet on acupressure use in labour. Debra has published numerous journal articles relating to acupuncture use in pregnancy and lectures internationally on the use of maternity acupuncture and acupressure.
In 2008 Debra founded a hospital antenatal acupuncture clinic that provides free acupuncture treatment during pregnancy and more recently in 2014 she completed her PhD on the use of acupuncture in threatened miscarriage.
She has now opened an accessible community clinic from Newtown Acupuncture Centre.
Debra is the author of “The Essential Guide to Acupuncture in Pregnancy & Childbirth” published in 2006 and translated into German and French. With a nursing background she completed her acupuncture training in 1989.
If you have found out that your baby is in a breech position, and you are over 34 weeks, consider using moxibustion at the acupuncture point called BL67 or 'Zhuyin'
Simply book in for a session in the maternity clinic and your practitioner will give you a supply of moxa sticks, explain how to do the treatment and also check that it is safe for you to go ahead.
If you forget how to do it.. check back here!
Giving birth is one of the biggest events in most womens lives. We encourage women to have weekly 'pre-birth' treatments from 36+ weeks to prepare. This usually involves weekly treatments up until birth, unless more frequent treatments are needed for other pregnancy related conditions. If women choose to pay in advance, and cannot use all their treatments due to going into labour, they can be used up until 6 weeks post partum.
We offer women a discounted rate when they pay in advance, as it helps us to staff the community clinic and make sure we can see all the women who need our services.
Every month we run a one hour workshop designed to teach partners how to effectively use acupressure points in the month before birth and during labour.
Classes limited to 12 couples, so bookings/ RSVP required. Please register on the Facebook event, or email
To be confirmed
$10 per person.
Upcoming class will be taught by Debra Betts