Learn acupressure to encourage an optimum natural birth

Prepare for a natural birth with these amazing techniques. A great pregnancy confidence boost for you and your partner!
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  • Lectures 24
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 2/2015 English

Course Description

  • Learn simple techniques developed by leading expert Debra Betts, who has taught them to hundreds of pregnant women, birth partners, midwives and practitioners around the world. They've been amazed by the results!
  • Sign up now and feel confident as you approach your due-date that you and your partner have the tools to promote a better birth experience
  • No prior experience or special skills needed!
  • More than 50 students in the first few days on Udemy!
  • Early 5-star reviews from happy students!

Debra Betts has taught acupressure to promote a better birth experience to midwives, practitioners and pregnant women for many years. Now - at last - this professionally produced course offers a detailed explanation, fully demonstrated, of the techniques involved. Ideal for practitioners of acupuncture, acupressure, shiatsu and massage, doulas, birth helpers and pregnant women, the course includes testimonials from women and their partners who have used the techniques during labour, and a downloadable 'cheat sheet' with illustrated reminders of the most important pressure points and their application.

“I was absolutely amazed by how much it helped me.”

“As soon as my partner’s contractions began, it
was obvious that this was really effective. It
was also the ideal way for me to feel fully
involved with the delivery.’

“All three of my children were born naturally.
However, we used acupressure the last time
And the difference was amazing!’

What are the requirements?

  • There are no prerequisites - you don't need to have any massage skills!

What am I going to get from this course?

  • apply simple but effective acupressure techniques to help manage pain during labour
  • encourage a baby to turn into the correct position
  • encourage contractions to re-start or become stronger
  • help calm the birthing woman
  • help reduce nausea during labour
  • reduce afterpains and encourage initial milk flow
  • help with post-natal recovery

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is designed mainly for pregnant women and their birth partners, as well as professionals who work with women during labour such as acupuncturists, doulas and midwives

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction

A disclaimer about the use of acupressure before and during labour.

22 pages

Written instructions on how to use some of the techniques discussed in the video series. This booklet has been available as a free download from Debra's website for several years, and its popularity is what inspired us to make this video series.


An introduction to the course, including testimonials from women and their support people. In this lecture, you will learn:

  • what acupressure is, and understand some of its potential benefits

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How to practice and use these techniques safely and appropriately. In this lecture, you will learn:

  • which settings acupressure can be used in
  • when it's best to start using acupressure
  • how to integrate acupressure with other forms of pain relief
  • about the potential risks of acupressure, and how to avoid them
  • how to practice safely

Words of encouragement for people who will be supporting women during labour with these techniques, including messages from people who have used them. In this lecture, you will learn:

  • how to work with a woman during labour to maximise the benefits
  • about the transition stage of labour
  • more about the important role supprt people can play during labour when using these techniques
Section 2: Finding the points

In this lecture, you will learn:

  • how to locate the shoulder point (known as GB-21 or Jianjing in acupuncture)

In this lecture, you will learn:

  • how to locate the lower back point (known as BL-32 or Ciliao in acupuncture)

In this lecture, you will learn:

  • how to locate the hand point (known as LI-4 or Hegu in acupuncture)

In this lecture, you will learn:

  • how to locate the sole of the foot point (known as KID-1 or Yongquan in acupuncture)

In this lecture, you will learn:

  • how to locate the outer ankle point (known as BL-60 or Kunlun in acupuncture)

In this lecture, you will learn:

  • how to locate the inner calf point (known as SP-6 or Sanyinjiao in acupuncture)

In this lecture, you will learn:

  • how to locate the wrist point (known as P-6 or Neiguan in acupuncture)

In this lecture, you will learn:

  • how to locate the little toe point (known as BL-67 or Zhiyin in acupuncture)
Section 3: Using the points

This lecture describes the 'nuts and bolts' of how to apply acupressure during labour. You will learn:

  • how to apply the correct type and level of pressure
  • how to use feedback to work as a team
  • how to find comfortable positions to apply and receive acupressure
  • how to use thumbs, knuckles, elbows, and other objects to apply pressure
  • how to find the most useful points

A more in-depth look at how and when to use these techniques for pain relief. In this lecture, you will learn:

  • When to start using acupressure
  • Which points are usually most effective for the different stages of labour
  • more about how to apply pressure effectively
  • How to use an ordinary hair comb to relieve pain

Things you can try if your baby is in a breech or posterior position. In this lecture, you will learn:

  • what breech and posterior positions are
  • how to safely use moxabustion to encourage the baby to turn
  • what the optimum time is to try this technique

What to do if contractions slow down, weaken, or stop during early labour. In this lecture, you will learn:

  • which points to use to encourage contractions
  • how to use them, and for how long

What to do to help calm the woman during labour. In this lecture, you will learn:

  • which point to use to help calm the woman
  • which stage of labour this is most useful during
  • how to use travel sickness bands on this point

What to do to help reduce nausea. In this lecture, you will learn:

  • which point to use to help reduce nausea
  • which stage of labour this is most useful during
  • how to use travel sickness bands on this point

What to do to help reduce afterpains and encourage milk flow. In this lecture, you will learn:

  • what afterpains are
  • which point to use for afterpains, and when to use it
  • which point to use to encourage milk flow

What you can do to help during the postnatal recovery phase. In this lecture, you'll learn:

  • how to safely use moxa to help women to recover their energy after childbirth
  • when to apply this technique

In this lecture, you will learn:

  • which other problems associated with pregnancy can potentially be helped by a qualified acupuncturist
Section 4: Summary

In this lecture, Debra runs through some of the most things to remember about these techniques. You can also download and print out a 'cheat sheet' to use during labour.


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Instructor Biography

Tom Kennedy BSc MBAcC, Licensed Acupuncturist/Integrated Health Practitioner

Tom Kennedy is an experienced acupuncturist and integrated health practitioner with a passion for helping people improve their health and wellbeing. This passion has driven him to team up with the world-famous Journal of Chinese Medicine to produce high-quality educational materials for students and the public, with two main aims:

  • to extend knowledge and skill in the field of acupuncture and Chinese medicine

  • to empower as many people as possible to take control of their own health and achieve their true potential

Over the years, Tom has had the privilage of working alongside several leading experts such as Debra Betts, Julian Scott, and Peter Deadman, and he takes every opportunity to learn from these experiences. He has himself been invited as a guest speaker to professional conferences, and has been published in top journals. He continues to constantly develop his knowledge of human health and disease, and has many exciting plans for future projects.

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