There are three very good reasons to use acupressure during labour. It promotes efficient labour, reduces the pain of contractions and helps maintain calm - what's not to love about that? Beautifully illustrated by the supremely talented Marion Rhoades, the pdf illustrates five acupressure points that are invaluable in labour, giving directions to locate them and what to use them for. I show these to couples as a matter of course during pre-birth acupuncture sessions, and I hope you find them useful.
Massage can be really, really, divorce-threateningly annoying when you are in the throes of labour, which is why this is called acuPRESSURE and not acumassage. Firm, strong pressure is required. Thumbs at the ready, birth partners!
More tips on pressure and location can be found here thanks to the kindness and wisdom of Debra Betts, who is at the forefront of acupuncture in pregnancy and birth.