Maternity Care

Community Clinic

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,  as well as specific  issues such a breech presentation from 34 weeks and preparation for birth through cervical ripening and promoting beneficial hormonal and emotional balance from 36 weeks. 


This clinic will also provide supportive care for early care pregnancy and support women requiring a caesarean section as well as offering women for recovery and breast feeding following the birth of their baby.  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 and lectures internationally on the use of acupuncture for pregnancy related issues. She also  runs acupuncture courses for New Zealand midwives  and has supervised  a maternity acupuncture clinic run through Hutt hospital for the past ten years.


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.

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.

Kate works full-time at Newtown Acupuncture, and loves being part of the maternity clinic treatment team. 

"Seeing the women come in every week, and supporting them on their pregnancy journey is a highlight of my week."

Kate Marley 

Xiao Meng (Shao) is part of the maternity clinic team here at Newtown Acupuncture, and with a recent addition to his family, enjoying helping other women and families at this precious time during pregnancy. 

Xiao Meng

Community Clinic Times

Tuesday's 8am-11am

Thursday's 8am- 11am

NOTE: The maternity clinic will take a break over Christmas and January.

You may book in for private treatments as per usual at the clinic any time throughout this period.

Last clinic for 2019 - December 12th

Opening again 2020 - January 23rd 

$30  ($20 with community service card)

* Drop in only. No bookings taken

About The Community Clinic 
To keep the costs low and make sure that acupuncture for maternity care is as accessible as possible, we will be running this drop in clinic with a community style approach. This means that we can provide a degree of privacy, however your health needs will be spoken about while you are receiving treatment, as opposed to a private room consultation. As this is a drop in service, no bookings are taken, and treatment will be given as soon as a bed and practitioner is available. This service is only available Tuesday and Thursday mornings. 

Acupressure Workshops

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 

Download Debra's acupressure booklet here 

Pre- Birth



Pre- birth Massage

 We offer pre-birth massage treatments, with a specific focus on getting the body ready for labour, as well as alleviating aches and pains in the later stages of pregnancy.


We recommend this treatment from between 35-41 weeks. The massage is based on acupressure and Chinese medical  theory as well as typical musculoskeletal treatment due to conditions that often present in the later stages of pregnancy.