Because of her own background and experiences Ann is passionate about providing a supportive acupuncture service alongside conventional maternity care, and has taken advanced post-graduate studies that have been approved by the Royal College of Midwives. Her studies have been with international obstetric acupuncture teachers such as:























 

Acupuncture in pregnancy and childbirth

In 2010, The Whittington Hospital  (London), which runs a full time maternity acupuncture service in collaboration with Westminster University,  conducted a survey into patient attitudes to their service. This revealed that:

  • 90% of mothers rated the service as 'greatly enhancing their patient journey'.

  • 69%  of mothers said their problem had 'greatly benefited from acupuncture'

  •  88% said that they would preferentially re-book at the Whittington Hospital as a direct

result of their experience of the maternity acupuncture service.   

 

​Acupuncture is especially useful in pregnancy as it offers a natural, drug-free approach that may help a range of problems.

 

Also by helping to relieve, for example, lower back pain which is often considered a 'normal' problem of pregnancy, acupuncture may help to improve the quality of a woman's pregnancy experience.  

What are the benefits of acupuncture in pregnancy?

What conditions can be treated?

Post natal Care.

In Labour.

In Pregnancy.

It is very relaxing and some mothers like to come for regular acupuncture sessions throughout their pregnancy to help maintain their sense of general well-being.  

Acupuncture may also be used to help prepare for an efficient birth, and optimise the position of the baby  (including turning a breech baby), increasing the chance of a natural delivery.
The use of acupuncture at any stage of labour can be very useful. Women are particularly responsive to its effects at this time.
Acupressure, which is the application of sustained pressure by either an acupuncturist, birth attendant or partner taught in this method can also be extremely helpful 
 
It allows the woman greater freedom of movement than using acupuncture, and enables their partner to have a very supportive and interactive role throughout.
 
Different points can be taught during pregnancy that may be used for both pain relief and for help during the different phases of labour.
 
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Traditionally the postnatal period is the time when both the mother and the baby are supported and nourished. The mother may need time to recover from the birth and for lactation to be established. She may have problems sleeping and maintaining her energy. Many mothers find that acupuncture helps them feel revitalised during this time, with an enhanced sense of well-being.

​In 2006 Sarah Budd reported an audit of 188 patients from her Hospital clinic in Devon. This showed similar positive results and improvement in womens wellbeing following acupuncture treatment in pregnancy.


There are also a study showing measurable benefits to having acupuncture for  birth preparation.

If you are not sure if your problem can be helped by acupuncture please feel free to contact Ann for advice and information.

Please note that acupuncture in pregnancy, childbirth and the post-natal period is complementary to conventional medical care. You should always continue with regular checks and supervision from your Midwife, GP or Obstetrician.

“You are a birth servant. Do good without show or fuss. If you must take the lead, lead so that the mother is helped, yet still free and in charge. When the baby is born, they will rightly say: ‘We did it ourselves!’ ~ from the Tao Te Ching  

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Debra Betts

With a background in neonatal nursing, acupuncturist Debra Betts developed and ran her first specialised acupuncture course for midwives in 1997. She is now an international lecturer on Obstetric acupuncture and her book 'The Essential Guide to Acupuncture in Pregnancy & Childbirth' has become an essential for any acupuncturist working with pregnant women. Debra continues to work closely with midwives and promotes and develops research on the use of acupuncture in pregnancy.

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